Chapter XXXIV - Ludi ad Auspicari Novam Aetatem - II

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'The Games to Inaugurate a New Era - II'
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Garroting of Petram
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Petram's Corpse in the Arena
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Reactions - In the Pulvinar there were polite applause as Petram was garroted, and then his naked, castrated corpse was laid out on the sand, and finally dragged to the 'Porta Libitinaria'.
Marcus was not entirely happy that young Petram had been tortured and executed, but as the lad had been implicated in the plot, if only incidentally, he had little choice.
The boy, of course, was only a slave, and could easily be replaced, but Marcus till felt a certain amount of guilt.
It was a guilt, of course, that he was unable to show.
Petram - Portrait
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Demetrius - Portrait
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As a result of the guidance that Marcus had received from the late Dominus, he was acutely aware of the concept of 'virtus', as it was reflected in his behaviour and attitudes.
'Virtus' carries connotations of 'valor', 'manliness', 'excellence', 'courage', character', and 'worth',  - all perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin 'vir', "a man").
Therefore, to show any guilt or sorrow regarding the death of a mere slave would throw Marcus', 'virtus' into doubt, which was completely incompatible with his role as Dominus, let alone as a Roman male.
Interestingly, Demetrius had watched the horrific emasculation and drowning of Menelaus with complete equanimity.
Unlike the reserved reaction, on the part of the audience, to the death of Petram, which was relatively dignified (apart for his ejaculation at the moment of death), the audience reacted to Menelaus' struggling and gurgling with laughter, ending in cheers.
Petronius - Portrait
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Menelaus - Emasculated and Drowned
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Undoubtedly, Demetrius must have gained some satisfaction for seeing his abuser and tormentor of many years tortured and executed, but for one so young, he seemed able to to view the events in the arena with a distinctly 'Roman' lack of emotion.

(for more information about Demetrius go to: CHAPTER XXIX - FINIS et NOVUM INITIUM)

Petronius, on the other hand, was not emotionally involved in any of the events in the arena.
His only concern, understandably, was that all the complex ingenious planning that had gone into the performance in the amphitheater produced a flawless result that pleased the audience and, more importantly, pleased his Dominus, Marcus.
While the attention of the audience, and those in the Pulvinar had been centered on the drowning of Menelaus, and the garroting of Petram, Glykon, the young door slave had been removed from the 'fucking machine'.

More Executions - Two of the conspirators were now dead - Menelaus and Petram.
(for the full story go to CHAPTER XXXIII - LVDI AD AVSPICARI NOVAM AETATEM - Part I)
That left only Glykon and Servius.
These two conspirators were considered, generally, to be the most guilty, and therefore the ones who were liable to the most brutal, painful and demeaning executions.
 Glykon - Portrait
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Young Glykon had been the senior doorkeeper to the villa at Baiae.
He had also been Marcus' first friend, when Marcus had arrived at the villa as the slave-boy 'Markos'.
(for the full story go to: CHAPTER III - IN THE VILLA AURI)
Glykon's growing jealousy of the privliges afforded to Markos by the late Dominus, culminating in his adoption and being made the heir to the House of Gracchus, had prompted Glykon to join a conspiracy, hatched in Rome.
He joined the conspiracy not only to satisfy his hatred for his erstwhile friend, but also, because he expected, obtiain a substantial sum of money, and his freedom.
As a result, he was the conspirator chosen to actually attack Marcus as he bade farewell to his guests at the main entrance to the villa.
(for the full story go to; CHAPTER XXIV - 'UMBRÆ MORTIS IN VILLA)
Now he was to pay for his foolishness.
Prior to being executed, Glykon was to be emasculated.
Glykon had been fucked for such and abnormally long period of time by the 'inhuman', mechanical device that Petronius had 'dreamed up' that he had 'cum' a number of times, and was not only very 'sore', to say the least, but was practically pumped dry of spunk.
(for the full story go to CHAPTER XXXIII - LVDI AD AVSPICARI NOVAM AETATEM - Part I)
Regardless, however, the stimulation had been so intense that his penis had become terminally engorged, even although he was not actualy sexualy 'aroused' in the normal sense of the word.
Glykon - Tortured
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With his prick abnormally stiff and jerking obscenely with every step he took, Glykon was led over to one of the iron frames.
There, arena-slaves skillfully tied ropes round his legs, waist, shoulders and chest.
Finally ropes were tied round his wrists, and he was hoisted up..
Once he was hanging, a tight ligature was tied round the root of his genitals to ensure that he remained 'hard'.
In addition, a wooden stake was rammed up his arse-hole.
A thin cord was then tied around the top of his scrotum.
The new, blond arena-slave then placed some bronze weights of various sizes by the side of the iron frame.
Then, taking one of the weights, and not the heaviest by any means, he attached it to the cord which was hanging from the slip knot around Glykon's ball-bag.
"No !.... Not my balls !.... Please !....", Glykon groaned, as the handsome blond slave released the heavy bronze weight.
Servius Hung from a Column
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Almost immediately Glykon began to panic.
"Oh shit !,,,, My fuckin' bollocks !.....", he moaned to the blond arena-slave.
"Fuck !... - Take the weight off !.....", Glykon whimpered, struggling frantically - which only made the weight swing, and pull even more on his horribly stretched scrotum.
The arena-slave, however, only grinned, and watch the naked, horny boy struggle.
The added pressure on the root of his prick only served to increase his already abnormally large erection, and he began to dribble a long string of glistening pre-cum from his exposed cock-head.
While Glykon was thus being tortured, Theon gave instructions for Servius to be taken down from the column where he has been hanging for some considerable time.


Glykon  - Emasculated, Impaled and Disembowelled
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Meanwhile, as the weights used on Glykon's genitals were obviously insufficient to rip off his genitals (intentionally so, - a they were simply a form of torture), the new, blond aren-slave sliced off Glykon's balls, letting them drop carelessly on the sand below the squealing young lad.
He then took hold of Glykon' massively engorged penis and cut it off at the root.
While Glykon moaned and struggled against his ropes, the arena-slave tied some stout twine round the severed member, and hung it round Glykon's neck.
Finally, on instructions from Theon, the blond slave sliced open Glykon's belly and slowly pulled out the screaming boy's guts.
Eventually Glykon's intestines were stretched from his bleeding belly to the blood spattered sand below him.
If left, Glykon would have taken a long time to bleed to death, but as he was required to be executed before Servius, the blond arena-slave cut Glykon's throat.
Within moments Glykon had sprayed out so much blood that he simply gurgled and died.


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So that left only Servius alive out of the four conspirators who had entered the arena and, as the conspirator who was believed to have actually murdered the late Dominus, (Gnaeus Octavian Gracchus), it was intended by Marcus that Servius should be executed slowly and painfully.
Servius first error had been to sexualy use the slave-boy Markos (later adopted by Gracchus as Marcus).
There was nothing wrong, in itself, for a Roman citizen (as Servius had been) to have sex with a slave-boy, but it was entirely wrong to do so with a slave that one did not own.
Markos, at the time, was the slave of Gracchus (and also his favourite).
Servius and Markos
(for more information about Servius and Markos go to: CHAPTER VII - THE SUN AND FREEDOM'S BREATH
Gracchus overlooked the slight, as it was the 'Year of the Four Emperors', and at the time he needed Servius as his Tribune (for his protection).
Servius, however, compounded the issue by later having sex with Demetrius (another of Gracchus' slaves - who was, unknown to almost everybody, Gracchus' natural son, by one of his slave-girls).
Demetrius in Rome
for more information about Servius and Demetrius go to: CHAPTER XXV - 'REVERTERE AD CUMAS'
It was during the argument between Servius and Gracchus, over Demetrius, that Gracchus was killed.
Gracchus' death, of course, made Marcus, who was Gracchus' adoptive heir, (now known as Marcus Octavianus Gracchus) the new Dominus.
Marcus was then determined to have Servius killed, and through the offices of his client, Legatus Marcellus, and Titus Vespasianus, (eldest son of the new Emperor Vespasian) Marcus was able to have Servius' citizenship rescinded, and have him executed in the arena as a slave.
The method devised by Petronius for the execution of Servius was flaying alive, an ancient practice, enshrined in myth, and related to the God Apollo, patron God of the late Dominus, and also Marcus.
(Interestingly, it was Petronius who had been the model for the new statues of the God Apollo, set up in the Augustine Temple at Cumae, and in the villa at Baiae, and in the 'Domus Gracchi' in Rome.)
The God Apollo
The Flaying of Μαρσύας 
Flaying, also known colloquially as skinning, is a method of slow and painful execution in which skin is removed from the body. Flaying of humans is used as a method of torture or execution, depending on how much of the skin is removed. This is often referred to as "flaying alive".
There are also records of people flayed after death, generally as a means of debasing the corpse of a prominent enemy or criminal, sometimes related to religious beliefs (e.g. to deny an afterlife); sometimes the skin is used, again for deterrence, magical uses, etc. (e.g. scalping).  The typical causes of death due to flaying are shock, and the critical loss of blood and other body fluids. In Greek mythology, the satyr Μαρσύας (Marsyas ) is a central figure in an account of flaying alive when he challenged the God  Apollo to a contest of music and lost his skin, and his life. In antiquity, literary sources often emphasise the hubris of Marsyas and the justice of his punishment. During the Principate, Μαρσύας  became a subversive symbol in opposition to Augustus (Octavian - Octavianus is also the second name of Marcus), whose propaganda systematically associated him with the satyr's torturer, Apollo, and the poet Ovid twice tells the story of Marsyass' flaying by Apollo, in his epic 'Metamorphoses' and in the 'Fasti'. Flaying, in Roman times was therefore seen as an appropriate punishment for 'hubris', of which Servius was undoubtedly guilty. 
ὕβρις ('hubris') describes a personality quality of extreme or foolish 'pride', or dangerous 'over-confidence'.In its ancient Greek context, it typically describes behavior that defies the 'norms of behavior', or challenges the gods, and which in turn brings about the downfall, or 'nemesis', of the perpetrator of hubris.
Flaying alive was not a skill possessed by any of the arena-slaves at  the Ludus at Baiae.
Therefore, Terentius, well before the Games, had sent to Nicander, (Chief Steward of the Domus in Rome - the replacement for the now executed Menelaus), to acquire a suitable slave who had such skills.
The problem with flaying, as with many other tortures, was to avoid accidentally killing the victim before the torture had been completed.
Nicander found a slave called Achemus, who was a young Greek.
His previous owner, a senator, guaranteed his skill (offering to repay the original fee if he proved unsatisfactory).
On arriving at the Ludus, Petronius set the handsome blond slave to work on two slaves who had been condemned by the magistrates to die in the arena.
For them, however, death did not come in the arena, but instead in the Ludus, where Achemus proudly showed off his skill by removing all their skin in one piece.
Both condemned slaves, at the end of the process, were still alive, and had to be finished-off by having their throats cut.

Servius is Executed by Flaying
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Back in the arena, Servius was initially emasculated, having his genitals severed at the 'cock-root'.
The penis and scrotum (still containing the testicles) were then hung round his neck.
He was then un-roped, and dragged, groaning in pain, to an iron stake.
His hands were then chained above his head, and Achemus began his work, starting at Servius' shins and calves, while the audience looked on, fascinated.
So that Achemus would not be distracted, Servius was initially gagged.
Flaying, if done skillfully, was a long process, especially if it was intended to remove all of the skin in one piece.
There was not time for this, so Achemus had been instructed by Petronius to flay only the front of the body, removing portions of skin from the arms, legs, chest and belly.
The only area that was to be completely skinned was to be the head.
When Achemus came to flay Servius' head, the gag had to be removed, and Servius, demented with the pain, squealed and screamed throughout the whole process.
"Finish me !... Please !.....", Servius screamed, obviously quite unable to take the appalling pain.
Achemus looked to Theon - then Theon looked up to Petronius in the Pulvinar - and Petronius spoke to Marcus, who appeared to be watching the proceeding with some satisfaction.
Petronius nodded to Marcus, and then made a 'throat-slitting gesture' with his hand.
Theon nodded, and told Achemus  to 'finish off' Servius.
As Servius was wearing a wide leather collar, Achemus had to lift up Servius' bloody chin to get at his neck.
The act itself was accomplished with just one quick slash across the front of Servius' neck, and flayed Servius jerked up, as blood started bubbling and spraying from the top of the leather collar.
In a few moments he started to sag, as the blood gushed down his heaving, skinless chest and belly, and soon he was simply hanging by his wrists from the manacles attached to the top of the iron post, as piss sprayed from his cock-stump, and he noisily voided his bowels.
His eyes, of course, stayed open and staring, as he had no eye-lids, but it was obvious that he was seeing nothing.
So now all four conspirators had been executed - and Marcus had his just revenge.
While the audience applauded, arena-slaves unlocked Servius' manacles, and the bloody, and partially skinned corpse was dragged across the arena by the heels to the 'Porta Libitinaria', while at the same time the iron posts were removed, the fouled sand was shovelled up, and new, fresh sand was laid and raked.
Water Organ
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There was then a brief pause in the proceedings, and there was further music from the Hydraulis, followed by some readings from Homer's Iliad to prepare the audience for the following 'tableaux'.
 Ἰλιάς  -  the Iliad - (sometimes referred to as the 'Song of Ilion' or 'Song of Ilium') is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.
The 'tableaux', featuring Achilles and Patroclus, which forms an important part of the 'Ludi ad Auspicari Novam Aetatem' was originally conceived some considerable time in the past by Marcus and Petronius,when they first met, and before Marcus became Dominus.
Various situations prevented the performance of the 'tableaux', which is now, finally to be performed.
The exact nature of Achilles' relationship with Patroclus has been a subject of dispute in both the classical period and modern times. Despite there being no direct evidence in the text of the Iliad that Achilles and Patroclus were lovers, this theory has been commonly believed. In 5th-century BC Athens, the intense bond was often viewed in light of the Greek custom of 'paiderasteia'. In Plato's Symposium, the participants in a dialogue about love assume that Achilles and Patroclus were a lovers. It is important to note that the ancient Greeks and Romans had no words to distinguish heterosexual and homosexual, and it was assumed that a man could both desire handsome young men and have sex with women.
According to the Iliad, when the tide of war had turned against the Greeks, and the Trojans were threatening their ships, Patroclus convinced Achilles to let him lead the Myrmidons into combat. Achilles consented, giving Patroclus the armor Achilles had received from his father, in order for Patroclus to impersonate Achilles. Achilles then told Patroclus to return after beating the Trojans back from their ships. Patroclus defied Achilles' order and pursued the Trojans back to the gates of Troy.  While battling, Patroclus' wits were affected by the God Apollo (Apollo - again), after which Patroclus was hit with the spear of Euphorbos. Hector then killed Patroclus by stabbing him in the stomach with a spear. Achilles retrieved the body, which had been stripped by Hector and protected on the battlefield by Menelaus and Ajax. Achilles did not allow for the burial of Patroclus' body until the ghost of Patroclus appeared and demanded burial in order to pass into Hades. Patroclus was then cremated on a funeral pyre, When Patroclus is cremated twelve Trojan captives are sacrificed.
Trojan Warrior
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Trojan Warrior
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While the guests in the Pulvinar took some refreshment, and chatted, arena slaves laid out the (imitation) stone slabs, which marked the limits of Achilles tent, and within the circle placed the couch which had be made and purchased from Neapolis, and beneath the couch was palced Achilles' magnificent, crested helmet.
At the same time slaves, dressed as Trojan warriors were gathering at the 'Porta Sanavivaria', which was intended to represent the Gate of Troy, where Patroclus, played by young Varus, wearing the helmet of Achilles, would battle the Trojans, led by a slave playing the part of Hector.
The Trojan warriors, dressed in silver - with all the equipment designed and supplied by Greek artisans from Neapolis are examples of how the Romans, at the time of our story, envisioned the Greeks and Trojans at the time of the 'Iliad'. We now know that the 'Iliad' (which is probably a work of fiction - based loosely on some historical incidents) is set in Archaic times, when the Greeks and Trojans would have looked rather less sophisticated, and would definitely not have worn 'Corinthian helmets' with massive horse-hair plumes. In this 're-enactment' the Trojans wear silver, and the Greeks wear gold.
Marcus, at this stage in the Games, was markedly more relaxed and amenable, as he was secure in the knowledge that his 'known enemies' had been suitably punished and killed, and his reputation, having taken his revenge in true Roman style, was now completely established.
While the Greek and Trojan warriors continued to gather, young Varus - playing the part of Patroclus, and Paris - playing the part of Achilles, entered the arena from a side door.
Varus and Paris Enter the Arena
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As soon as they appeared - naked in the arena - the audience began applauding.
The two bowed to the Pulvinar, and then to the audience.
Paris took Varus' hand, and gently led him over to the 'kline' (couch) that had been set up for them.
Kithara (Lyre)
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Then, a chorus of young boys, appeared either side of the Pulvinar, and sang an ode - written, of course by Lucius, and accompanied on the kithara (lyre).
This ode, which took some liberties with Homer, described the intense love that existed between Achilles and Patroclus.
Varus and Paris had been well 'schooled' and rehearsed by Petronius, and beautifully acted out the delicate and loving preliminaries that preceded the more robust activities of the eventual 'sex act'.
Paris was already highly 'aroused' as he entered the arena, and gently held his hugely engorged penis as elegantly as possible.
Varus looked somewhat nervous, but also seemed to be eagerly anticipating being penetrated by his handsome lover  - at least for that afternoon.
Once on the kline, Paris laid Varus down and began gently caressing the boy's head, shoulders and chest, while kissing the naked boy repeatedly on the lips.
The singing of the boy's chorus gradually faded away as their conductor sensed that the audience needed no accompaniment to the seduction that was taking place in the arena.
There was then almost complete silence in the amphitheater.
Slowly, and with remarkable skill, Paris began caressing Varus' belly, and then his thighs.
As he did so the sighing, naked boy became fully erect.
Paris then began caressing Varus' balls, and his stiff cock, and then the only sound that could be heard was Varus' gentle groans of delight.
For a short while Paris masturbated the now squirming boy, who was obviously eager to 'cum'.
Have got Varus incredibly 'hard', Paris gently turned the naked boy onto his front, and slightly spread the boy's legs at the same time.
Paris Fucks Varus in the Arena
(Achilles and Patroclus)
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"Fuck me hard !", Varus moaned quietly to Paris, not intending the audience to hear, but it was so quiet in the arena that the front rows and the guests in the Pulvinar heard the eager boy quite distinctly.
Paris then knelt over Varus, and slowly pushed his massively erect cock into the boy's tight little 'hole'.
Varus panicked for a moment, surprised and shocked at just how large Paris' 'virile member' actually was.
"Oh fuck !..." Varus groaned, as Paris attempted to force his way in.
"Relax, boy.", Paris said gently, and almost immediately young Varus opened himself, and Paris' huge cock slowly started to disappear inside the panting boy.
Varus gave a further groan, and then he was fully penetrated.
Paris remained still for a few moments so that the young lad could get used to the feel of the swollen 'tool' inside him.
He then started moving backwards and forwards - very gently at first - thrusting deliberately, but carefully, into his young partner.
With each thrust of Paris' huge cock young Varus moaned, but it seemed that, despite Paris' size, Varus was finding the fuck deeply satisfying.
Slowly Paris speeded up, and thrust more deeply.
Varus' moans and grunts became louder, but the movements of his hips showed that he was undoubtedly enjoying the experience.
The audience remained quiet, as everyone, from the guests in the Pulvinar, to the lowliest arena-slaves watched the proceeding intently.
"Shit ! I can't hold on !..... I'm gonna cum soon !....", Varus moaned, his sweating face contorted, as he seemed to be approaching his orgasm.
Paris immediately slowed down his thrusting, and Varus seemed to regain some self control.
"I'll go slow, ", Paris whispered.
"We need to take our time - Petronius wants a long fuck."
"Good !", Varus grunted.

To be continued...........