Latin obscenity is the profane, indecent, or impolite vocabulary of Latin , and its uses. Words deemed obscene were described as obsc a ena obscene, lewd, unfit for public use , or improba improper, in poor taste , undignified. Documented obscenities occurred rarely in classical Latin literature, limited to certain types of writing such as epigrams , but they are commonly used in the graffiti written on the walls of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Among the documents of interest in this area is a letter written by Cicero in 45 BC ad Fam. Apart from graffiti, the writers who used obscene words most were Catullus and Martial in their shorter poems.
Vulgar (and I do Mean Vulgar) Latin and Women's Sexual Experience | Alpennia
Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Like other languages, Latin had a group of words which speakers regarded as basic obscenities, as well as a rich stock of sexual euphemisms and metaphors. At the lower end of the social and stylistic scale, evidence for Latin sexual terminology comes from numerous graffiti. On the other hand, certain literary genres had marked sexual content. This book collects for the first time the evidence provided by both literary and non-literary sources from the early Republic down to about the fourth century AD. Separate chapters are given to each of the sexual parts of the body, and to the terminology used to describe sexual acts. General topics treated include lexical differences between various literary genres, the influence of Greek and Latin, diachronic changes within the vocabulary, and the weakening of sexual words into general terms of abuse.
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Since I'm beginning a series of publications relating to classical Rome, it only makes sense to begin with a book that reviews the vocabulary of sex in Latin. It isn't a work that is of particularly direct use for the topic of love or sex between women, as the author gives away his attitude toward the topic with words like "abnormal. I should probably note that the entire series of publications that I'm covering this month will be strongly focused on the mechanics of sex as understood and discussed in Roman culture and that much of the language will be explicit and Content warnings apply.