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Pornography, or obscene painting, which, in the time of the Romans, was practised with the grossest licence (Propert. ii. 6 ; Sueton. Tib. 43 ; and Vit. Hor.), prevailed especially at no particular period in Greece, but was apparently tolerated to a considerable extent at all times. Parrhasius, Aristides, Pausanias, Nicophanes, Chærephanes, Arellius, and a few other πορνογράφοɩ are mentioned as having made themselves notorious for this species of license (Athen. xiii. p.567. b ; Plut. de aud. Pöet. 3 ; Plin. xxxv, 37.) (p. 694).[1]

"thus rhyparography (ῥυπαρογραφία), pornography, and all the lower classes of art, attained the ascendancy and became the characteristic styles of the period"[2]

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A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities is an English-language encyclopedia first published in 1842 and then in many revised editions through 1890. Covering law, religion, architecture, warfare, daily life, and similar subjects primarily from the classicist's standpoint, it was one of a series of reference works on classical antiquity by William Smith; the others cover persons and places. It runs to well over a million words in any edition, and all editions are now in the public domain.

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