| Quote #7
The story of Cenchreis and his daughter Myrrha provides another case study in uncontrolled, destructive sexual desire. In this case, Cenchreis is so sex-crazed that he can't last the nine nights his wife is away; instead, he gets drunk and jumps at the first chance to hop into a bed with a girl his daughter's age. Later, when he finds out that it really is Myrrha, he tries to kill her. Sure, Myrrha might need some help, but Cenchreis should probably take a good look at his own overbearing desire.
| Quote #8
(Venus, in Orpheus's song):
These lines are yet another example in which sexual desire acts as a destructive force. This can be seen in the fact that Venus uses it to punish people she doesn't like. Here, she decides to get back at Hippomenes (who forgot to offer her sacrifices after she helped him score Atalanta as his wife) by giving him the uncontrollable urge to make love to Atalanta right there and then – which happens to be in the temple of Cybele, the earth-goddess. When Cybele finds out, she will be none too pleased.
| Quote #9
Pomona feared the peasants' brutish ways,
We'll leave it up to you to find all the immature double-entendres Ovid has snuck into this passage. What we'd like to call attention to is something that already calls attention to itself: Priapus, "whose scythes / and penis are a sight that terrifies / all thieves." What the heck is that all about, you're probably wondering? What we've got here is an instance of sexuality portrayed in a positive light. The ancient Romans considered the male member a sign of fertility (makes sense), and, hence, as a sign of good luck. The god Priapus, who had the biggest male member in town (just do a Google image search on him and you'll see what we mean) was thus considered especially lucky. People would put a picture of him by the doors of their houses to ward off bringers of bad luck – like thieves.