But just as it takes two to make a quarrel, so the obscene mockery of the fescennine verses required two principals.
The principal constituent element in this fescennine poetry was obscene mockery.
The fescennine raillery long retained traces of this original character.
fescennine verses of the Romans, which were used at weddings and triumphs, were intended to ward off ill luck.
A fescennine temperament is too often allied with religiosity.
The original fescennine verse appears, from the testimony of Horace, to have been in metrical dialogue.
Bridal songs with fescennine licence resounded in the theatres, market-places, courts, and gymnasia.
The ancient Atellan farces were as full of obscenity as were the fescennine songs of broad allusions.
It is a charm against fascinum, 'the evil eye': and hence the name fescennine.
"vulgar, obscene, scurrilous," from Latin Fescenninus (versus), a rude form of dramatic or satiric verse, from Fescennia, city in Etruria, noted for such productions.
The Fescennine Songs were the origin of the Satire, the only important species of literature not derived from the Greeks, and altogether peculiar to Italy. These Fescennine Songs were rude dialogues, in which the country people assailed and ridiculed one another in extempore verses, and which were introduced as an amusement in various festivals. [William Smith, "A Smaller History of Rome," London, 1870]