P. Maenius quam severum pudicitiae custodem egit! in libertum namque gratum admodum sibi animadvertit, quia eum nubilis iam aetatis filiae suae osculum dedisse cognoverat, cum praesertim non libidine sed errore lapsus videri posset. ceterum amaritudine poenae teneris adhuc puellae sensibus castitatis disciplinam ingenerari magni aestimavit, eique tam tristi exemplo praecepit ut non solum virginitatem illibatam sed etiam oscula ad virum sincere perferret.
--Valerius Maximus, Factorum et Dictorum Memorabilium 6.1.4
What a stern guardian of [his daughter’s] chastity Publius
Maenius was! When he found out that his favorite freedman had kissed his
debutante daughter, Maenius put him to death even though it was done as a lapse in
judgment and not done romantically. Maenius thought that the importance of
chastity was best ingrained into his tender girl’s mind through the severity of
the punishment, and with this awful event taught his daughter that she owed not
only purity of her womb, but also unkissed lips to her future husband.
Name: Valerius Maximus
Date: 1st c CE.
Works: Memorable Deeds and Sayings
Little is known about
the life of Valerius Maximus except that he wrote during the reign of the
emperor Tiberius. His work, Memorable Deeds and Sayings, is a
collection of examples from Roman and world history categorized by theme for
the purpose of rhetorical exercises.