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Weird hair, mushrooms, showers, and laughing girls

In Petronius‘ Satyricon, Eumolpus, drunk and trying to make fun of balding people and criminals, eventually bursts out in an ode about hair: (ch. 109, vv. 7–13): Infelix, modo crinibus nitebas Phoebo pulchrior et sorore Phoebi. At nunc levior aere … Continue reading

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Worth a fart(h)ing?

There are many things one may say about Petronius‘ famous Neronian-era novel Satyricon; that it shows much sympathy for Rome’s lower and lowest social classes, however, or for those who managed to escape their social predicament and reached a certain … Continue reading

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