By Jeffrey Henderson
The pervasive and unrestrained use of obscenity has lengthy been said as a big characteristic of fifth-century Attic Comedy; no different Western artwork shape is based so seriously at the sexual and scatological dimensions of language. This acclaimed e-book, now in a brand new version, deals either a complete dialogue of the dynamics of Greek obscenity and a close observation at the terminology itself.
After contrasting the unusual features of the Greek suggestion of obscenity to modern day principles, Henderson discusses obscenity's position within the improvement of Attic Comedy, its ancient origins, types, and dramatic functionality. His research of obscene terminology sheds new mild on Greek tradition, and his dialogue of Greek homosexuality bargains a clean corrective to the idealized Platonic view. He additionally appears to be like intimately on the half obscenity performs in every one of Aristophanes' 11 surviving performs. The latter a part of the e-book identifies the entire obscene terminology present in the extant examples of Attic Comedy, either entire performs and fragments. even though those terminological entries are prepared in numbered paragraphs similar to a thesaurus, they could even be learn as autonomous essays at the a number of points of comedian obscenity. phrases are defined as they take place in each one person context and on the subject of typologically comparable terminology. With newly corrected and up-to-date philological fabric, this moment variation of Maculate Muse will function a useful reference paintings for the learn of Greek drama.
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2, D. L. 2. 127. 35. evaluate = buggerer at schol. Theoc. thirteen (Pap. ) and the opposite obscene puns within the description ( , ). 36. Hdt. 1. 152, eight. 35, Paus. 2. 32. three is joined with at Arist. EN 1149b 33. Sexual Congress 159 that means that turns out to indicate the degradation (or the cooperation in degradation) of the girl ultimately, both via the man's treating her approximately or by means of making her practice really good sexual acts. therefore Peleus is divorced through Thetis, in keeping with Unjust common sense, for now not being an (q. v. ): (N 1070),"a girl loves to be used wantonly. " there's a few indication that implied, between different amatory acts, fellatio. Attic writers it sounds as if used to intend (EM 713. 29), and at Pherecr. 230 is glossed as that means , "that type of schema," touching on fellatio. 37 in a much wider feel capability "libidinous" at Anacr. fifty three and in Plu. de educ. four, and at Achilles Tatius 2. 38. five it modifies , practiced amatory arts (compare )- in brief, this note implies the treating of lovemaking as a meretricious paintings instead of easily as excitement or enjoyment; therefore the connotations of wantonness, shamelessness, and maybe even sadism or masochism, are consistently current. 247. seems to be in a pederastic punch-line at R fifty seven and in keeping with haps additionally at Eq 467; its use of either women and men is well-attested (LSJ s. v. II. 3). 248. , which regularly has the excessive tone "live with,"38 used to be additionally a regular euphemism for sex itself. 39 it really is during this latter experience, after all, that the observe looks in comedy: Eq 1287, V 475, E 38, 619, 898, POxy. , 2741, Fr. IB, col. ii(iii), 20 f. (Eupolis' Marikas); at P 863 and Av 704 (the ornithogeny), the be aware is utilized in a virtually technical method. See additionally Eup. 337, Anaxil. 22. 12, 24. the typical vox propria for sexual congress, , doesn't seem in comedy ahead of Theopompus (38) and Anaxandrides (33. 9), until at E a hundred and ten f. is a pun (see Ussher, Ecclesiazusae, advert loc. ). 249. , like (cf. Alc. Com. 29), intended "rape" within the criminal jargon of Athens (LSJ s. v. II. 3); in comedy it capacity "to deal with approximately in the course of the intercourse act" or "be virile": therefore the hapless Peleus is supposedly abandoned by way of Thetis for no longer being extra of an (see part 246, above); equally, the servant at T sixty three teases the Relation, who has been making crude sexual feedback approximately Agathon, , , "I consider you have been relatively the ravisher if you have been younger, previous guy. "40 at Eub. sixty seven. nine potential "crude lust. " At Anacreon 27 Gentili, brawl with a doorkeeper: see L. Weber, Anamontea (diss. Gottingen, 1892), pp. ninety six f. 37. For as an amatory schema, cf. Ael. NA 1. 2, AP five. 17. 2. See part 232, above. 38. Hdt. four. nine, S. El. 276. 39. Arist. Pol. 1262a33, of animal copulation in Arist. HA 540a13. forty. Cf. additionally V 1303 and evaluate Hdt. four. 129, Xen. Mem. 2. 1. 30. The of Pi. P. 10. 36 is the erect phallus. a hundred and sixty The Maculate Muse 250. , desiring to furnish favors sexually (LSJ s. v. I. 3), seems usually in comedy: A 883 f. , the place the Theban paratragically bids the "mistress" of his Copaic eels to be great ( ) to Dicaeopolis; Eq 1368, punningly in a pederastic feel (compare Theopomp. 29); Eq 517, of woman Comedy's favors; T 1194 f, E 629, Alex.