Christianity says lust is a sin, but the Greek and Roman empires celebrated it. The history of the sin of lust reveals surprising twists, including Gnostic Christian orgies, Puritan anti-fornication laws and exorcists who battled the demon of lust called Asmodeus. Today scientists believe the sin of lust may be more genetics than choice ... but can they prove it?

In this intriguing series, HISTORY examines the impact of the seven deadly sins on mankind throughout the ages.

We learn how the concept originated 'as a way to keep a lustful fourth-century monk from sinning again 'and how they were pared down from eight to the seven we recognize today: gluttony, lust, greed, anger, sloth, envy, and pride. For the Catholic faithful they became a guide on the path to heaven. To repeat offenders, they promised damnation in Hell and very specific, very gruesome punishments. Gluttons, for instance, would be force-fed rats, toads and snakes.

The warnings couldn't be clearer: Succumb to any of the seven deadly sins and God's judgment will be severe.

Film Duration: 44 min