The ancient Greeks often painted sexual scenes on their ceramics, many of them famous for being some of the earliest depictions of same-sex relations and pederasty.
Greek art often portrays sexual activity, but it is impossible to distinguish between what to them was illegal or immoral since the ancient Greeks did not have a concept of pornography.
When large-scale excavations of Pompeii were undertaken in the 1860s, much of the erotic art of the Romans came to light, shocking the Victorians who saw themselves as the intellectual heirs of the Roman Empire.
They did not know what to do with the frank depictions of sexuality, and endeavored to hide them away from everyone but upper-class scholars.
The Greek male ideal had a small penis, an aesthetic the Romans later adopted.
There are numerous sexually explicit paintings and sculptures from the ruined Roman buildings in Pompeii and Herculaneum but the original purposes of the depictions can vary.
One artifact from Egypt, called the Turin Erotic Papyrus has been dubbed the "men's magazine" of its time.
In some cases, the possession of certain books, engravings or image collections was outlawed, but the trend to compose laws that actually restricted viewing sexually explicit things in general was a Victorian construct.Obscenity is the judicially recognized exception to the first amendment.Historically, this exception was used in an attempt to ban information about sex education, studies on nudism, and sexually explicit literature.Pornography has existed throughout recorded history and has adapted to each new medium, including photography, cinema, video, and computers and the internet. government from restricting speech based on its content.The first instances of modern pornography date back to the sixteenth century when sexually explicit images differentiated itself from traditional sexual representations in European art by combining the traditionally explicit representation of sex and the moral norms of those times. Indecent speech is protected and may be regulated, but not banned.In the 1970s in the United States, attempts were made to shut down the pornography industry by prosecuting individuals on prostitution charges. Freeman, the California Supreme Court ruled to distinguish prostitution as an individual taking part in sexual activities in exchange for money versus an individual who is portraying a sexual act on-screen as part of their acting performance.