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Volume IX, Number 4 | fall 2016


Seneca the Younger tells of Hostius Quadra, who installed mirrors in his bedroom to reflect distorted images. “He relished the exaggerated endowment of his own organ as much as if it were real,” Seneca complained. Quadra confirmed: “If I could,” he said, “I’d have that size in the flesh; since I can’t, I’ll feast on the fantasy.”

One’s body, hair, and skin are a gift from one’s parents—do not dare to allow them to be harmed.

- Classic of Filial Piety, c. 200 BC

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