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As a tender slave, Rufus grows up faraway from the corruption of Caligula's imperial courtroom the place extra, large construction tasks, the most important gladiatorial battles Rome used to be ever to see—men and animals killed within the hundreds—conspiracies, assassination makes an attempt, and sexual scandal have been the norm. but if Rufus' starting to be acceptance as an animal coach and his friendship with Cupido, one in all Rome's maximum gladiators, allure the harsh gaze of the Emperor, Rufus is acquired from his grasp and brought to the imperial palace because the keeper of the imperial elephant. Rufus quickly sees that lifestyles this is dictated through Caligula’s ever moving moods—he is as beneficiant as he's merciless and he's a megalomaniac who pronounces himself a dwelling god who concurrently lives in consistent worry of the plots opposed to his lifestyles. yet Caligula's paranoia isn't really lost, and Rufus and Cupido locate themselves unwittingly positioned on the middle of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.
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94 This understanding, a gentlemen's agreement among slave-owning Romans, is hardly surprising in view of the evidence we have been considering, and this protocol stands in a close relationship with the other two. On the one hand, the most desirable male slaves were generally represented as boys, although we will see later that this was more of a guideline than a rule and was not always followed. On the other hand, the distribution of physical roles was supposed to be aligned with the power-differential between master and slave: the master must be seen as playing the active role and the slave the passive role.
PA. ita sum. quid id attinet ad te? at non sum, ita ut tu, gratiis. SAG. eonfidens. PA. sum hercle vero. nam ego me confido liberum fore, tu te numquam speras. (Plant. Pers. 284-6) SAG. I see you: you've been mounted. PA. Yes, that's true. But what does that matter to you? At least I haven't done it for nothing, like you. SAG. Confident, aren't you? PA. I sure am confident—that I'll be free someday, while you don't expect that you'll ever be.
29-33). Slaves in Plautus I have postponed discussion of the plays of Plautus, even though they provide the earliest contemporary evidence for the sexual role of slaves, because of a special problem in their interpretation. Plautus' plays, though written in Latin and staged Roman Traditions 35 for a Roman audience, are based on Greek originals and set in Greek cities, and the characters wear Greek dress and have Greek names. 124 Representative of the striking blend of Greek and Roman in Plautus' plays is a scene from the Curculio to which we will return later in this chapter.