Presentation on theme: "Agenda Recap & Update From Juvenal to Petronius The World of the Satyricon Morality and Society Under Nero Petronius 1 Immoral Morality Discussion What."— Presentation transcript:
Holt Parker’s “Teratogenic Grid” Holt Parker. “The Teratogenic Grid.” Roman Sexualities. Eds. Judith P. Hallett, and Marilyn B. Skinner. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997. 47–65. Print.
Impure Mouths, Words in Petronius LatinEnglish os, orisMouth (cf. “oral”) oratorspeaker, orator oratiospeech, oration, rhetoric os impurum mouth defiled by sex or excessive eating cuius ne spiritus quidem purus est. “Even your breath stinks of buggery!” (p. 26) grandis et ut ita dicam pudica oratio non est maculosa nec turgida, sed naturali pulchritudine exsurgit. (1.6) “No, great language is chaste language – if you’ll let me use a word like chaste in this connection – not turgitity and worked up purple patches.” (p. 22)
Masculinity in Petronius? (Phileros on old Chrysanthus) “And you know how old he was when he died? Seventy and then some. But carried it beautifully, hard as nails (corneolus) … he was horny (salax), right to the end. By god, I’ll bet he even pestered the dog. Boys were what he really liked (pullarius erat), but he wasn’t choosy: he’d jump anything with legs.” (pp. 51–52)
Rome and the Monstrous Barton, Carlin A. The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans: The Gladiator and the Monster. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. A gladiator fights his own phallus. (1st-cent. CE Wind-chime from Pompeii)
Matrimonial Ideology Maritalis affectio, adfectio coniugalis Univira Reverentia, obsequium Concordia, consortium, societas Treggiari, Susan. Roman Marriage: Iusti Coniuges from the Time of Cicero to the Time of Ulpian. Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press; Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. 6-Nov 2013Petronius8
Sexual-Social Ideology/Law Lex scantinia (149 BCE) Augustan marriage legislation Lex iulia et papia (18 BCE, 9 CE) Lex iulia de adulteriis coercendis (9CE) McGinn, Thomas A. Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print. 6-Nov 2013Petronius9
Juvenal: Structure, Theme 2 Hypocritical moralists Philosophers Cinaedic cinaedus-bashers Imperial reformer Pathic lawyer Lex iulia et papia Roman contagion 6 Misogyny gone wild Pudicitia’s loss Matrimonial folly Gallery of women Impure maids Lust for infamia Imperial prostitute Imperious wives Adulterous wives etc. etc. 6-Nov 2013Petronius10
The World of the Satyricon Morality and Society Under Nero
Petronius and Nero Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar) r. 54-68 Philhellene artiste Petronius arbiter elegantiae (overseer of entertainments) suicide, 65 CE Satyricon (episodic novel) Nero 6-Nov 2013Petronius12
The Author’s Complaint… “Then why … must every nagging prude … denounce my work as lewd? … I write of every human act / admitted to be true. … Let prudes … heed … Epicurus …, that … pleasure is the goal of all….” (pp. 151-152)
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