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Exposing his own infamy: Avarice and unmanliness

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An example of Gellius allusive strategy regarding Favorinus reputation is formed by two controversial notions that are reminiscent of Favorinus reputation: effeminacy and avarice. In several chapters of the Noctes featuring Favorinus, the author can observe a significant interconnection of these two vices, running like a thread through Gellian discussions of Latin words and phrases. Gellius often gives Favorinus a significant role in revealing aspects of his own infamy or ambiguous reputation through allusions and double entendres in the Noctes Atticae. This chapter discusses Favorinus alleged effeminacy and avarice as crucial aspects of his reputation, employed by Gellius in the context of his Roman cultural programme. Polemo is the main source for the allegations concerning Favorinus unmanly nature and behaviour.

Keywords: ambiguous reputation; Aulus Gellius; avarice; effeminacy; Favorinus; Noctes Atticae; Roman cultural programme; unmanly nature



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