Lassata, sed non satiata  

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"Lassata, sed non satiata" is a phrase attributed to Messalina, Latin for "tired but not satiated."

The phrase originates in Satire VI by Juvenal. The full quote reads: "adhuc ardens rigidae tentigine uoluae, et lassata uiris necdum satiata recessit" (still burning with the rigid tensions of her vulva, exhausted by men, yet a long way from satisfied.)

It is said that Messalina, wife of Claudius, sneaked out of the palace to work at a brothel.

Poem XXIV of the Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire has the title "Sed non satiata."

The scene is depiced in Messalina in the booth of 'Lycisca'.

From Juvenal's Satire VI:

"Then look at those who rival the Gods, and hear what Claudius endured. As soon as his wife perceived that her husband was asleep, this august harlot was shameless enough to prefer a common mat to the imperial couch. Assuming night-cowl, and attended by a single maid, she issued forth; then, having concealed her raven locks under a light-coloured peruque, she took her place in a brothel reeking with long-used coverlets. Entering an empty cell reserved for herself, she there took her stand, under the feigned name of Lycisca, her nipples bare and gilded, and exposed to view the womb that bore thee, O nobly-born Britannicus! Here she graciously received all comers, asking from each his fee; and when at length the keeper dismissed his girls, she remained to the very last before closing her cell, and with passion still raging hot within her went sorrowfully away. Then exhausted by men but unsatisfied, with soiled cheeks, and begrimed with the smoke of lamps, she took back to the imperial pillow all the odours of the stews." (Wikisource translation)

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