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Fescennini versus
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Improvized songs, sung at weddings, which fall into the category of quite commonly found apotropaic obscenity. The custom even continued in Christian times. The reason for the (unproven) etymological derivation of the name from Fescennia or -ium, a Faliscan town in southern Etruria, is unclear. An alternative derivation from fascinum (Paul Fest. 76; cf. 76, where he offers the form Fescemnoe) is linguistically impossible. Literary versions are found in  Catullus 61,119ff. (alluding to the bridegroom's previous homosexual relations), and also  Claudianus [2], De…

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Courtney, Edward (Charlottesville, VA), “Fescennini versus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 08 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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