Thursday, December 31, 2020

M/M: You Cannot Compare These Two, Lucilius fr. 311


Huncin ego umquam Hyacintho hominem cortinipotentis

deliciis contendi?

--Lucilius, fr. 311-312, preserved in Nonius 258,38

Have I ever compared this man to the Apollo’s love-slave* Hyacinthus?

* Note that the author refers to Hyacinthus here with deliciae, which sometimes is used to indicate sexual subservience or even slavery when referring to a male partner



Name:  Gaius Lucilius

Date:  2nd century BCE

Works:  Satires



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 Lucilius was an Italian poet and one of Rome’s earliest satirists. Although his works and his style deeply influenced the genre of Roman satire, most of his writings are lost to history and only fragments remain.  


Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE


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