from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Roman antiquity: A leather wine-skin. A measure of capacity equal to 20 amphoræ. The “sack”: a punishment appointed for parricides, who, after being flogged and undergoing other indignities, were sewed up in a leather bag and cast into the sea.
  • noun The scrotum.


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  • It seems by the Leges Corneliae, specifically de sicariis et veneficis, the Roman punishment for parricide was to be sewn up in a leather sack and thrown into the Tiber. Some other sources describe several animals being confined within the sack as well. The culeus was the leather sack, and by metonymy came to mean the punishment as well.

    December 17, 2007

  • And why not? That's what we do in this town when someone commits parricide.

    December 17, 2007