Eric Partridge, in his (pretty much indispensable) work on the racy bits of the Bard, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, says of our current play under discussion, Julius Caesar:
- Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge, 2008; pages 55
No lie, Mr. Partridge.
The only bit of anything remotely bawdy I can find happens in the first couple of dozen lines in the play. When the commoners crack wise to the tribunes Flavius and Murellus, the cobbler says,
So, an awl is a long pointy instrument, definitely phallic. In Shakespeare’s day, one of the meanings for meddle was “To have sexual intercourse (with)” (“matter, n.I.4” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 20 November 2014.). And “matter” could be seen as an innuendo for genitals (at least that’s what the footnote in the Pelican Shakespeare edition I’m using states). However, the cobbler says he does NOT meddle with his awl. So that’s pretty thin.
And that’s it. That’s all (awl) I can find.
Needless to say, there will be no “parental discretion advised” podcast for Julius Caesar…