Just as venerable figures of men, painted by the hand of an artist, are resplendent in our houses, so too there is a small painting tabella  in some spot which depicts various couplings and sexual positions: It was practiced no doubt, but, in those ancient times, such acts were considered scandalous as free born people were considered proper human beings unlike slaves. These kinds of tokens are well known in Italy where there are different combinations of pictures and numbers. As a characteristic of males, it often implies the willingness to be penetrated. Gladiators were on the same level as other men and women who sold their services, namely actors and those in the sex industry , putting them in a unique position. As laws pertaining to violence were codified toward the end of the Republic, raptus ad stuprum, "abduction for the purpose of committing a sex crime", emerged as a legal distinction. Statue of Antinous Delphi , polychrome Parian marble depicting Antinous , made during the reign of Hadrian r. Walls decorated with erotic paintings and statues. This infamous rape incident occurred in BCE and resulted in mass rapes of Sabine women. While Ancient Rome was still more free-thinking than other cultures of its time, there were nonetheless clear boundaries for the genders. What the coin was used for is open to discussion but one theory is that it is the first British example of a brothel token. Homoerotic themes occur throughout the works of poets writing during the reign of Augustus , including elegies by Tibullus  and Propertius ,  several Eclogues of Vergil , especially the second, and some poems by Horace. For indeed, at the very moment of possession, the hot passion of lovers fluctuates with uncertain wanderings and they are undecided what to enjoy first with eyes and hands. Nero was fond of staging wild orgies and one famous tale tells of him being rowed down the River Tiber on a raft pulled by naked male slave prostitutes while the banks were lined with women happy to nip into little sheds along the bank to be pleasured by anyone. When a male assumed the toga virilis , "toga of manhood," Liber became his patron ; according to the love poets, he left behind the innocent modesty pudor of childhood and acquired the sexual freedom libertas to begin his course of love. In their texts, Pomponius and Juvenal both included characters who were adult male prostitutes and had as clients male citizens who sought their services so they could take a "female" role in bed see above. Sort of wide single bed.