The Priapus Poems Erotic Epigrams from Ancient Rome
- List Price: $37.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780252024436
- ISBN10: 0252024435
Despite their apparent frivolity, the Priapus poems raise basic questions of class and gender, censorship, and the nature of obscenity. The god's self-conscious indecency placed him squarely in the realm of comedy, but his role as guardian of fertility also gave him a deep religious significance. Richard Hooper's introduction explores this important duality and places the poems in their historical context.