Tuesday, March 15, 2022
But Max Nelson, "Insulting Middle-Finger Gestures among Ancient Greeks and Romans," Phoenix 71.1/2 (Spring/Summer, 2017) 66-88 (at 67-77), argues convincingly that the primary meaning of σκιμαλίζω is goose, i.e. insert a finger into someone else's anus.
Red-figure vase by the Berlin Painter, at Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, inv. no. I 529: