By Jeffrey Henderson
The pervasive and unrestrained use of obscenity has lengthy been stated as an important function of fifth-century Attic Comedy; no different Western paintings shape is based so seriously at the sexual and scatological dimensions of language. This acclaimed ebook, now in a brand new variation, bargains either a accomplished dialogue of the dynamics of Greek obscenity and an in depth remark at the terminology itself.
After contrasting the odd features of the Greek inspiration of obscenity to modern day rules, Henderson discusses obscenity's function within the improvement of Attic Comedy, its historic origins, forms, and dramatic functionality. His research of obscene terminology sheds new mild on Greek tradition, and his dialogue of Greek homosexuality deals a clean corrective to the idealized Platonic view. He additionally appears intimately on the half obscenity performs in each one of Aristophanes' 11 surviving performs. The latter a part of the ebook identifies all of the 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 corresponding to a thesaurus, they could even be learn as self sufficient essays at the a number of features of comedian obscenity. phrases are defined as they happen in every one person context and on the subject of typologically related terminology. With newly corrected and up to date philological fabric, this moment version of Maculate Muse will function a useful reference paintings for the research of Greek drama.
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Aristophanes two times puns on ok , field, and ok : P 666 (with connection with Eirene) and L 1184 (where Lysistrata bids the city's girls to proportion what they've got . 121 116. See Kock, advert loc. 117. okay. J. Dover, "Aristophanic Scholarship," Lustrum 2 (1957): fifty six f. ; P. Arnott, Greek Scenic Conventions (London, 1962), pp. 33 f. 118. For this use of see E 1098 ,P1 1086, Machon 185 Gow. 119. See below "Holes, Pits, and Hollows," under. a hundred and twenty. CA 1059 (following Meineke) ; cf. EM 548. forty. 121. For a non secular (and now not very funny) interpretation of those phrases, see G. W. The Sexual Organs 131 109. Euelpides' comment in regards to the beauteous (and most likely bare or seminaked) Procne at Av 670, what excellent gold she has, similar to a tender lady! , features a pun on ok , the feminine member (Hsch. ),122 a note whose root proposal turns out just to be a gap or gap. In comedy it was once commonly used to intend either cunt and anus (in gay contexts). even supposing there isn't any hint of the observe in Aristophanes, except this pun (and a potential pun at L 408), somewhere else we discover , to be lecherous (CA 1061), ok (CA 1062), ok (CA 1066), (Alciphr. three. 72). 123 a hundred and ten. , piggie, is the land animal to which the cunt is most often in comparison in double entendres; this observe turns out to were a most well liked slang expression. the full Megarian scene of Acharnians is outfitted round its double that means. 124 Like Lat. porcus or porcellus,125 exhibits the crimson, hairless cunt of younger ladies in place of that of mature ladies: therefore Dicaeopolis' comment at A 781 f. , , , she may possibly glance a piggie now, but if she's grown she'll be a true cunt! This truth explains using as slang for "young woman" in obscene conceits concerning piggies following their mom, as at T 289 and PI 308. 111. A crimson, hairless kingdom may, even though, even be accomplished even for grown-up cunts through depilation, a convention specially linked to hetaerae and different woman sex-objects (seductive housewives, for instance, as at L 151). therefore usually appears to be like in jokes approximately depilated slavegirls (E 724), flute-girls (as in Philocleon's synecdochic connection with the flute-girl at V 1353), or any cunt to be shaven, even that of the Relation at T 538. Prostitutes, for whom a depilated femininity was once a qualified necessity, have been known as , piggie-merchants (Fr 578) ;126 as a result additionally Elderkin, CP 35 (1940): 395. The Relation's comment to the Thracian slave at T 284 f. can also contain this kind of pun. 122. First spotted by means of J. G. Fernandez, "Parerga eleven, 2," Emerita 31 (1963): a hundred thirty five f. 123. ok = anus (Hsch. ) is utilized by comedian poets purely of the male anus and basically within the abuse of pederasts: okay = (CA 1064), ok = (CA 1065, cf. Hipponax eighty two. 2), or (CA 6 Dem. ), ok (Hsch. ), (Cratin. 419), okay (CA 1063), , to waggle the ass, Strattis POxy. , 2743, Fr. eight, col. ii, 1. three. The first rate notice okay , anus (Hp. Nat. Puer. 17, Gal. 19. 176), could easily be a diffusion of = anus, or a figurative be aware, the genuine Ionian kind of the Attic ok , cellphone (of a honeycomb), cone, pit within the receptacle of the Nelumbium speciosum. okay doesn't take place during this obscene that means in comedy.