… of snails and oysters
June 1, 2011 Leave a comment
“Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?” Crassus asks. “… taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals.”
Antonius replies, “It could be argued so, master.”
Then, Crassus shares the worst-kept secret of the ancient world: “My taste,” he breathes, “includes both snails… and oysters.”
- One of the most memorable scenes in the movie Spartacus involves Crassus (Laurence Olivier) attempting to seduce his slave, Antonius (Tony Curtis). In an often-quoted exchange, Crassus quizzes Antonius on his taste in food — specifically, his taste for snails and oysters.