This post is probably a bit sacrilegious given that today is Easter, but it’s what I learned today, so…
Apparently necrophilia was such a problem in antiquity that the Egyptians would let bodies decompose for three or four days before the embalming/mummification process began. This is not just some random nothing website saying this. It is recorded in Herodotus’ fifth century work The Histories.
Also, Herod the Great*, according to legend, continued to have sex with his (first) wife’s corpse for seven years after he had her murdered. I can’t find any verification for this (not that I would), but this website has an interesting interpretation of Herod’s life in general.
*Who despite all his crazy and general viciousness, was actually responsible for a tremendous number of architectural engineering feats in the ancient world. That’s just something I happen to know. If you want more about it, you’re on your own. There’s baseball on…I’m not doing research on things I already know.