this scene is so great in explaining male sexuality in rome - roman men aren’t meant to be desired, because being desired is a passive state, which is why they can fuck pretty much whomever they want, as long as they are the penetrators (… lol) - while also being, like, the funniest scene in the show. it’s so hard to screencap, though, because it’s all in lyndsey marshal’s eyebrows as she takes vorenus’ measure, and kevin mckidd practically quivering in fear.
… and then shaking with lust ;)
THANK YOU, from a Classics minor who is very sick of the myth that ancient Greece and Rome represented some kind of Golden Age of homosexual acceptance. I swear, some day we’re going to unearth graffiti from old Rome claiming, “It’s not stuprum if your balls don’t touch”.