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I am reading Quintilian's guide to raising the ideal orator and came across this gem (after he has been complaining about effeminate modern music and its indecent rhythms):

"Also no one should use the psaltry or the spadix [both types of harps or lyres], which decent virgins should even shrink from touching" (Institutes of Oratory 1.10.31)

KEEP YOUR VIRGINS FROM THE SPADIX, PARENTS! Sadly I do not have a picture of these instruments of wickedness, so that you can be on the lookout for them. But you can see from my icon that the sacred chickens DO NOT APPROVE OF THESE CORRUPT DEVICES.

Date: 2011-07-10 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxymoron67.livejournal.com
Spadix: despoiler of maidens.

See, that sounds like a Prog Rock band from the 70's to me.

Date: 2011-07-12 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The Spadix. The untold danger for Roman virgins. It probably also caused the fall of the Roman Empire as well.

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