By Jeffrey Henderson
The pervasive and unrestrained use of obscenity has lengthy been said as a tremendous characteristic of fifth-century Attic Comedy; no different Western artwork shape is predicated so seriously at the sexual and scatological dimensions of language. This acclaimed publication, now in a brand new variation, deals either a finished dialogue of the dynamics of Greek obscenity and a close remark at the terminology itself.
After contrasting the bizarre features of the Greek concept of obscenity to modern day rules, Henderson discusses obscenity's position within the improvement of Attic Comedy, its old origins, kinds, and dramatic functionality. His research of obscene terminology sheds new gentle on Greek tradition, and his dialogue of Greek homosexuality deals a clean corrective to the idealized Platonic view. He additionally seems intimately on the half obscenity performs in every one of Aristophanes' 11 surviving performs. The latter a part of the booklet 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 self sufficient essays at the quite a few facets of comedian obscenity. phrases are defined as they happen 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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Med. in RhM fifty eight. ninety nine, Plu. 2. 695C. additionally, dewiness is usually linked by means of the Greeks with freshness and innocence, that are essentially sought after in our passage. (The comparability of N 978 with the . . . of A. Ag. 141, that is occasionally made, isn't really correct: for "young lions" Aeschylus makes use of within the experience of semen = progeny: cp. and ). 146 The Maculate Muse aggressiveness, to render rainy via sex, as at E 1108 f. , Cratin. 189. At PI 1093 a tender guy feedback of his elderly flame, , "I've pitched her down lower than really adequate within the past". This verb, aspiring to "smear under" (note the prefix), combines just like secreta with that of tarring a leaky outdated vessel. Miscellaneous 184. (see Eust. 1539. 34) at L 151 has prompted problems, almost always as a result of a wierd and ugly thought of Wilamowitz, advert loc. The schol. glosses . that's, the pubic quarter is of course delta-shaped (V). this is able to seem to be the moderate and proper rationalization. 195 yet Wilamowitz, basing his argument at the absence of a piece of writing, maintained that the delta observed a particular styling of the pubic hair, and in comparison (irrelevantly) Av 806, . yet a piece of writing isn't really helpful (cf. E 624),196 and it truly is tricky to visualize what the aim of this type of styling could were, let alone its inappropriateness to the context of L 151. definitely the scholiast used to be right. it can be worthy so as to add that delta is used somewhere else in literature for its form because the lady pubis (e. g. Auson. Epigr. a hundred and twenty. 4), and in cults within the kind of triangular clay votive-offerings formed to resemble the feminine components. 197 185. = cunt at Fr 367; cf. EM 283. forty five, Et. Gud. a hundred and fifty. forty nine ( ), Hsch. ( ), schol. R 516 ( ). See part 198, less than. 186. For (CA 1033) see part 275, n. sixty one. 187. The unusual time period . (CA 1134) appears to be like a picture similar to the delta (section 184, above), most likely deriving from a hair-style which resembled the feminine pubis (see Hsch. , Phot. , s. v. ). 188. (CA 1137) should still might be be put the following, even if Meineke (IV, p. 660) derives the time period from the identify of a Plataean baker (see Kock at Posidipp. 29. 1). If this can be precise, will be regarding the entries categorized less than right Names, p. 147, lower than. Cf. additionally = cunt at Telecl. sixty four; Phot. s. v. , . 195. See Taillardat (n. 107, above), p. seventy seven, and the fascinating fabric amassed by means of M. Meyer, "Delta Praehistoricum," Ph W forty nine (1929): ninety one ff. 196. Willems (n. eight, above), 2:421 ff. , provides a protracted record of physically elements named with out an editorial. 197. See Hopfner (n. five, above), p. one hundred ten, H. Licht, Sittengeschichte Griechenlands (Zurich, 1927-28), 2:76. Willems (n. eight, above), 2:422, n. 1, prefers to work out within the delta an etymological dating to such phrases as Skt. jartush (vulva), Goth, kilthei (womb), (womb), (section 113, above), , Hsch. ). this can be such a lot farfetched. The Sexual Organs 147 Birds 189. (Archil. 263, IG 14. 1942. 6) and (Hsch. ) aren't attested in comedy yet appear to have been popular for cunt. one hundred ninety. , nightingale, in Birds appears an obscene pun at the birdname of the hoopoe's spouse (represented onstage through a flute-girl): at 207 Peisetaerus mischievously says , "Go into the thicket and rouse the chicken" (see , ), and at 664 repeats the funny story in somewhat various shape: , , , , "Call her out right here, by way of heaven, so that you can see the poultry!