Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sex and Power #1: Valeria Messalina

Messalina, the most abandoned and lustful of women
Cassius Dio, Book LX

Then consider the God's rivals, hear what Claudius had to put up with.
The minute she heard him snoring
his wife - that whore-empress - who dared to prefer the mattress
of a stews to her couch in the Palace, called for her hooded night-cloak and hastened forth, with a single attendant.
Then, her black hair hidden under an ash-blonde wig,
she'd make straight for her brothel, with its stale, warm coverlets,
and her empty reserved cell. Here, naked, with gilded
nipples, she plied her trade, under the name of 'The Wolf-Girl',
parading the belly that once housed a prince of the blood.
She would greet each client sweetly, demand cash payment,
and absorb all their battering - without ever getting up.
Too soon the brothel-keeper dismissed his girls:
she stayed right till the end, always last to go,

then trailed away sadly, still, with burning, rigid vulva,
exhausted by men, yet a long way from satisfied,
cheeks grimed with lamp-smoke, filthy, carrying home
to her Imperial couch the stink of the whorehouse.
Juvenal Sixth Satire


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't do anything else to a boy, you can make him wash his face.

4/26/2011 6:38 AM  

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