This talk explores how Lucretius, Ovid, and Horace use spuere to indicate aesthetic judgment (DRN 2.1040-42; Rem. am. 1.123-24; Epist. 2.1.41-42). Spuere expresses rejection but can also suggest acquired taste: “spitting out” poetry that, with experience, becomes appreciable. The verb's gustatory resonances hint at an ancient notion of literary connoisseurship and aesthetic taste based in disgust.
Lightning Session 1: History and Literature