Advice for men on how to pick up the ladies from Ovid’s Ars Amatoria
Now find your reason for friendly conversation, and first of all engage in casual talk.
If by chance a speck of dust falls in the girl’s lap, as it may, let it be flicked away by your fingers: and if there’s nothing, flick away the nothing: let anything be a reason for you to serve her.
Corrupt her with promises, and with prayers: you’ll easily get what you want, if she wishes.
(Detail) Oil Jar with Paris and Helen, 420 - 400 B.C., Attributed to the Painter of the Frankfort Acorn, vase-painter; and Phintias, potter, Greek, Athens, Terracotta. J. Paul Getty Museum.