Monday, December 7, 2015

Ancient Orgy 5: Scene from The Golden Ass by Milo Manara




This Roman orgy, depicting the festival of Lupercalia (which took place in February and was linked to fertility), is by the Italian artist Milo Manara and comes from his graphic novel The Golden Ass.  Although there is one clearly depicted vulva, the orgy is not that explicit.  Several of the figures in the centre of this panel appear to have been 'inspired' by the Temple of Vesta scene from Caligula (1980).  The men are very much outnumbered by the women here.




Manara's loose adaption of The Golden Ass was published in 1999.  The story was originally written by Apuleius (circa 124-170 AD), a Numidian Berber from what is now Algeria.  This is the only Roman novel that has survived in its entirety and tells the story of Lucius who, dabbling in magic, accidentally turns himself into a donkey.

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