6 famous eunuchs

Published on July 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

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Mental_Floss has compiled a list of six famous eunuchs (castrated men) in history.

Eunuchs, or castrated men, have played an important part in many cultures throughout the world since ancient times. They were usually castrated while still young boys in order to smooth their paths into secure government and/or religious positions in places like Egypt, China, India, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire. Others were castrated as adults as punishment for crimes committed that were sexual in nature. Still others castrated themselves as a result of zealous religious beliefs or fear of sexual temptation. Here are six noteworthy eunuchs from history.

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2 Responses to 6 famous eunuchs

  1. LxGoodies says:

    Great.. only thing this Sporus character may be cooked up by Cassius Dio to let Nero look bad hehehe

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