By Warren S. Smith
Students of classics and faith, in general British or American, pattern satiric attitudes approximately ladies and marriage written in Latin from approximately two hundred BC via Walter Map within the twelfth century, with remaining chapters on Chaucer writing in heart English throughout the 14th. between their themes are Roman schooling and Greek rhetorical inspiration on marriage, a
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Plut. Lyc. 14. Cf. Aristotle Pol. 1269b31; Plut. Agis. There were stories that Spartan men were humiliated for not marrying (Plut. Lyc. 51; Pollux Onomast. 48), humiliations given by women (Athenaeus Deipn. 555c). In Thessaly, despoina = gune (Hesychius Lex. G707). 37 Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage 15. Cf. Plut. Marc. Cato 8; Aristotle Pol. 1313b34–39. , Plaut. Asin. argumentum 2, 87, 506, 509. For servitus to a dowered wife, see Plaut. Aul. 169. Kratos could be both acceptable or unacceptable power within a household.
The poems alternate between self-pity and mock consolation for a narrator who has trusted a whore. Their realism, their worldly cynicism, and the frank admission by the narrator of his personal experience in the lifestyle against which he is warning make these poems memorable for their “subjectivism 20 S AT I R I C A D V I C E and self-pity”56 and their combination of lyricism with satiric bite at the heartlessness of women. 57 His three-book plan seems to have as its model the three books of Ovid’s Ars amatoria (except that Andreas’s third book corresponds more naturally to Ovid’s Remedia amoris).
For a useful introductory survey on Aristotle’s view of women, see Allen 1985, 83–126. 25. See Bickel 1915 (for a discussion of the possible content of this work and its relationship to Seneca On Marriage); Wiesen 1964, 153–58. 26. Cf. Courtney 1980, 261. 27. For texts, see Thesleff 1965 and Centrone 1990; for translations, Guthrie 1987. Cf. Stadele 1980. On Pythagorean women, see Hawley 1994. 28. See Bickel 1915; Treggiari 1991, 215–20. 29. On Musonius, see Van Geytenbeek 1962; Allen 1985, 173–80; Lutz 1947; Manning 1973.
Satiric Advice on Women and Marriage: From Plautus to Chaucer by Warren S. Smith