In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, David Wilson-Okamura <> writes
I'm sorry no one has picked up the "Christianus Maro" query. This is the exactly the right place for that kind of question.

I did not reply because I supposed that someone else must have had more dealings with Mantuan than I had: I quote his counter to leap-year superstition in _The Oxford Companion to the Year_, p. 681 and note at p. 128 (on his day 20 March) that 'He is the "good old Mantuan" misquoted by Holofernes in _Love's Labour's Lost_, IV. ii' (though some editions clean up the quotation). But when no-one had written, David's kind words prompted me to contribute.

I have just finished watching a Spanish film, "Son de mar" (1998), directed by Bigas Luna. The main character, Ulises, teaches literature at a high school by the sea and wins the love of his landlord's daughter by reciting lines (in Spanish, not Latin) from the Aeneid. There's the cave, of course, and a passage which never seemed sexy to me, the description of two snakes breasting the waves and squeezing Laocoon. This second passage is apparently the girl's favorite, and he recites it to her at key points in the story (either prior to or during sex).
Well, (near)-strangling is attested as an erotic practice, not least for its effect on the male member...

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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