23) Nathaniel Richards, Messalina
(London 1640; STC: 21011).
On Tacitus's comparison of Messalina
to a prostitute and his representation of the savageness of her desire, see Joshel 1995, 59-65.
Both the Roxana and Messalina
vignettes show curtains suspended at several places from some kind of horizontal support.
Previous Hollywood epics, and especially the BBC's landmark 1976 television series I, Claudius, were not without their frank acknowledgment of Ancient Rome's salacious side--one episode of I, Claudius, in particular, featured Claudius's wife Messalina
challenging a veteran prostitute to a contest of who can take the most men over the course of an evening--but Rome draws upon HBO's greater freedom over broadcasting content to leave all its predecessors vanishingly behind.
At the moment we are doing the story of Valeria Messalina
Quando, se o amor que a Humanidade inspira E o amor do sibarita e da hetaira, De Messalina
e de Sardanapalo?
Suppose that you were to ask me now to further typify this novel, somewhat in the same fashion as Alfred Jarry when subtitling his various opuses (Faustroll is "A Neo-scientific Novel"; Days and Nights is a "Novel of a Deserter"; Messalina
is "A Novel of Imperial Rome"; The Supermale, is "A Modern Novel"), I would be tempted to write, simply, that it's "A Comic Novel," without that preventing me from asking the question: what sort of laughter are we talking about?
Tacito, tracando o quadro desta cena, a ela nada acrescenta que marque a impressao que causa nele; e, sem a indicar, tudo a exprime: "Claudio ainda estava a mesa quando lhe anunciam que Messalina
estava morta, sem lhe dizer se havia morrido pela propria mao ou pela de um outro; e sobre isso ele nao se informa de modo algum.
In Juvenal's sixth satire Licisca is the pseudonym adopted by the empress Messalina
for her nighttime escapades as a prostitute.
David and Todd also produced Make Way for Messalina
, a three-act comic opera of life in Imperial Rome, making it out to have been much naughtier than our school books allowed.
The government's credibility in promoting competition was comparable to a Soviet bureaucrat teaching management techniques, to Fidel Castro supporting democracy, or even to Messalina
preaching chastity in a convent.
Livia, un'ininfluente Messalina
, puo agire in tale direzione perche le manca un'identita nazionale definita.