most commonly refers to the use of sexual desire in order to persuade
someone to change their behavior to meet the desires of the seducer. It
is usually implied that the seducer is acting out of a motive other than
love for the seducee, and that the object of the seduction would not ordinarily
have engaged in such behavior.
There are many strategies that can be used for seduction, depending on
sex, personality and circumstances. Many social behavior theorists classify
seduction as a specialized form of persuasion. Seduction can also be viewed
as a form of power that relies on psychological mastery rather than the
use of coercive power, money, or intellectual appeals.
Myths and legends and popular literature have many accounts of sexual
seduction, and describe a number of gods of seduction and seduction allegories.
From the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden to the Sirens of Ancient Greece
described in Homer's Odyssey, to stories of Krishna and Pan, these stories
of seduction involve themes of temptation leading to the departure from
the prevalent societal norms or of the forbidden sexual desire.
Certain individuals have used seduction skills to achieve great power
or fulfill their desires. Cleopatra VII of Egypt used seduction to help
consolidate her empire by charming the two most powerful men of the Roman
Empire at the time, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Giacomo Casanova (1725
- 1798) was a famous 18th century seducer, whose name has become synonymous
with seduction. The "mad monk" Grigori Rasputin (1869? - 1916)
achieved great power in the later days of Romanov Russia through his supposed
mystic powers and his sexual influence. Don Juan and James Bond are examples
of fictional seducers, The Graduate's infamous Mrs. Robinson being a female