Pueri delicati in the household of Pliny the Younger: slaves' strategies of resistance to sexual abuse


This paper aims to reconstruct the presence of pueri delicati in the household of Pliny the Younger. Although Pliny makes no explicit reference to the issue in his epistolary, an analysis of some of his letters shows that, probably, he, like many wealthy Romans of his time, did not refrain from the pleasure afforded by his impubescent slaves. In connection with this issue, the present study reveals some possible strategies of resistance that these children might have used against a reality that, presumably, was not as pleasant to them as it was to their master.

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children; slaves; sexual abuse; Pliny the Younger

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