Actors were sexually ambiguous, in part because they could imitate women, and were attractive to both men and women.
The knot symbolized wifely chastity, in that it was to be untied only by her husband, but the cingulum also symbolized that the groom was bound to his wife.
Gender did not determine whether a sexual partner was acceptable, as long as a man's enjoyment did not encroach on another man's integrity.
An incident related by in his biography of illustrates the soldier's right to maintain his sexual integrity despite pressure from his superiors.
Blanshard, "Roman Vice," in Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity Wiley-Blackwell, 2010 , pp.
Sex without passionate attachment produces a superior form of pleasure free of uncertainty, frenzy, and mental disturbance.