Wednesday, April 4, 2007

How Kissing Began

The kiss was a very ordinary form of salutation throughout ancient times. Plutarch recalls that the conspirators, before kiiiing Caesar, kissed his face, hand and breast. Tacitus says that when Agricola, his father-in-law, returned from Rome, Domitian received him with a cold kiss, said nothing to him, and left him confounded in the crowd. The inferior who could not succeed in greeting his Superior by kissing him, put his mouth to his own hand, and sent him a kiss that the other returned in the same way if he so wished.

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