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Courtship

The practice was considered vile. “We are more revolted by cunnilingus than by FELLATIO” (Galen 12:249 Kühn). The common Latin phrase nihil negare “to deny [him/her] nothing,” conveys its unspeakable nature. For instance, “I deny nothing to you, Phyllis: deny nothing to me” (Martial 11.50.12). When the tyrant Agathocles was dying, his wife lamented, “What did I not do to you? what did you not do to me?” (Polybius 12.15.104).