Renaissance classicism and Roman sexuality: Ben Jonson's Marginalia and the Trope of Os Impurum

Boehrer, Bruce Thomas
January 1998
International Journal of the Classical Tradition;Winter98, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p364
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article examines of the marginalia of author Ben Johnson's manuscript of Latin poet Martial's Epigrams, transmitted by Peter Scriverius. Topics include imitation of European classical sources on sexually-explicit subjects such as oral sex, conflict regarding oral sex with cultural or ideological commitments of seventeenth-century English society, as well as the Roman trope of "os impurum."


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