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Fifty Shades of Gai(us)

In Caesar's Ghost, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

  On February 15, 44 BC, priests ran half-naked through the streets of Rome and lightly touched girls and young women with goatskin thongs. The gesture, it was thought, would bring fertility. The occasion was the Lupercalia, an annual festival of purification. In 44 BC a new group of priests took part in the festivities. They were called the Julian …

Barry StraussFifty Shades of Gai(us)