Note 003
From Chapter 19 of the Decline & Fall

Miles . . . spadonibus
Servire rugosis potest. Horat. Carm. v. g [Epod. ix. 13], and Dacier ad loc.

By the word spado the Romans very forcibly expressed their abhorrence of this mutilated condition. The Greek appellation of eunuchs, which insensibly prevailed, had a milder sound and a more ambiguous sense.

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