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Plutarch, Roman Questions, 288b

nandid the boys wear this badge? Or is this a safeguard to insure orderly conduct, a sort of bridle on incontinence, that they may be ashamed to pose as men before they have put off the badge of childhood? What Varro and his school say is not credible: that since boulê (counsel) is called bolla by the Aeolians, the boys put on this ornament as a symbol of good counsel. But consider whether they may not wear it because of the moon. For the visible shape of the moon at the first quarter is not like a sphere, but like a lentil-seed or a quoit; and, as Empedocles thinks, so also is the matter of which the moon is composed. Why do they name boys when they are nine days old

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afranius,pederastic themes in Richlin (2018) 301
audience,interaction with Richlin (2018) 408
birthdays Richlin (2018) 408
bulla Richlin (2018) 301, 408
children,amulets of Richlin (2018) 408
crepundia Richlin (2018) 408
dance,cinaedic Richlin (2018) 301
drag Richlin (2018) 301
memini and related terms Richlin (2018) 408
memory,and recognition tokens Richlin (2018) 408
names,of parents Richlin (2018) 408
sexuality,use of child slaves Richlin (2018) 301, 408
sight gags Richlin (2018) 301
turpitudo' Richlin (2018) 301