Anxious Mo-Fo

An anxious m*********** from Seattle

My wife would not let me hang this picture in my living room

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But I can raise the specter of this as leverage to convince her to let me get a six foot wide print of dogs playing poker:

Choosing a fresco from the façade of a Pompeian shop which depicts an ass mounting a lion and a figure of Victory crowning the triumphant ass, [John R. Clarke] reviews the various academic interpretations which, in their different ways, have managed to turn a blind eye to the ludicrous sexual topsy-turvy of the scene. One particularly opaque analysis relates it to a modern Sicilian folk tale about an ass and a lion trying to cross a river together. Another reads it as a visual metaphor for the victory at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC of Octavian, the ass, over Mark Antony, who had used the image of a lion on some of his coins—so transforming “an embarrassingly dirty sexual image into an almost clean allegory of a historical event.”

From Mary Beard’s Isn’t it Funny, in the New York Review of Books.

I don’t think she’ll let me hang this, either.

Written by JPP

July 2, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Posted in Funny

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