The Latin Sexual Vocabulary

The Latin Sexual Vocabulary


Like different languages, Latin had a bunch of phrases which audio system considered as uncomplicated obscenities, in addition to a wealthy inventory of sexual euphemisms and metaphors. on the decrease finish of the social and stylistic scale, proof for Latin sexual terminology comes from a number of graffiti. however, convinced literary genres had marked sexual content material. This booklet collects for the 1st time the proof supplied through either literary and non-literary resources from the early Republic all the way down to in regards to the fourth century advert. Separate chapters are given to every of the sexual elements of the physique, and to the terminology used to explain sexual acts. common issues taken care of comprise lexical modifications among a variety of literary genres, the impact of Greek and Latin, diachronic alterations in the vocabulary, and the weakening of sexual phrases into common phrases of abuse.

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