It often had a distinctly sexual or sexually demeaning connotation. In warfare, rape symbolized defeat, a motive for the soldier not to make his body sexually vulnerable in general. Some men, however, insisted on ignoring this convention. Other readings, unrelated to female homosexual desire, are also possible. The consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus was among a circle of poets who made short, light Hellenistic poems fashionable.
Yaritza. Age: 24.
I wish I could hold to my neck and embrace the little arms, and bear kisses on the tender lips.
Piper. Age: 32.
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Originally, a cinaedus Greek kinaidos was a professional dancer, characterized as non-Roman or "Eastern"; the word itself may come from a language of Asia Minor. Lack of self-control, including in managing one's sex life , indicated that a man was incapable of governing others; too much indulgence in "low sensual pleasure" threatened to erode the elite male's identity as a cultured person. As Amy Richlin has noted, "' gay ' is not exact, 'penetrated' is not self-defined, ' passive ' misleadingly connotes inaction" in translating this group of words into English.