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11/03/09

Permalink 11:44:31 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 94 words, 717 views   English (US)
Categories: Vocabulary and Grammar, Roman Culture

Vomitoria

Piling on to a post from David Meadows’ Rogue Classicism, someone should inform this reviewer that vomitorium doesn’t mean what she thinks it means:

…(W)hat we remember most about Rome, food-wise, is the period of its decadence, symbolized by disgustingly overwrought banquets and the vomitorium. We haven’t gone so far as to install vomitoria in the bathrooms of fast food restaurants (perhaps an idea whose time has come back?), but in many respects our society’s enslavement to the hyperpalatibility of junk food recalls the excesses of Rome in its self-destructive decline

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Qui sciet quae quoque sint modo dicenda, nisi tamen in procinctu paratamque ad omnis casus habuerit eloquentiam, velut clausis thesauris incubabit.

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