"Feeding Aurelius' Hunger" Acta Classica 45 89-99

Philip S. Peek
Scholars see the insult of Cat. 2 1 in the inappropriateness of Aurelius' being poor and a rival or in the inappropriateness of his being a parasite and a rival. This paper argues against these interpretations because in the poem hunger does not stigmatize Aurelius as poor or a parasite but rather as a promiscuous sodomite. For this reason Cat. 2 1 should be understood in the context of the traditional Roman view of masculinity...
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