Saturday, October 16, 2021

Found Family: Cleomachus, The Boxer/Poet: Strabo, Geog. XIV.1.41

Item Cleomachus pugil, qui in cinaedi* cuiusdam & ancillae amore incidens, quae a cinaedo alebatur, cinaedorum et orationem et mores est imitatus.

καὶ Κλεόμαχος ὁ πύκτης, ὃς εἰς ἔρωτα ἐμπεσὼν κιναίδου* τινὸς καὶ παιδίσκης ὑπὸ τῷ κιναίδῳ τρεφομένης ἀπεμιμήσατο τὴν ἀγωγὴν τῶν παρὰ τοῖς κιναίδοις διαλέκτων καὶ τῆς ἠθοποιίας:

--Strabo, Geographica XIV.1.40; Translated into Latin by Conradus Heresbachius  (1539)

Cleomachus the Boxer fell in love with a certain cinaedus* and the girl he was raising, and began to imitate the speech patterns and mannerisms of a cinaedus.

* The term cinaedus is an umbrella term and cannot be translated. The original term refers to a bird that wiggles its tail, used to describe exotic dancers who "shake their booty." It can refer to prostitutes, same-sex couples, non-binary persons, etc. Although some authors use it as an insult (e.g., Catullus), it does not always have a negative connotation; Phlegon of Tralles uses this term to describe men capable of giving birth. 



Name:  Strabo

Date:  64 BCE – 24 CE

Works:  Geographica


REGION  4 / 5

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



 Strabo was a Greek author who lived in Amasia (modern day Turkey) during the 1st century BCE. His magnum opus, a seventeen volume study of geography, was the result of his extensive travels throughout his lifetime.


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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