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Male parta male dilabuntur.[1]

Ill gotten, ill spent

Miluus edax,[2] nimiae quem nausea torserat escae,
Hei mihi mater ait viscera ab ore fluunt.
Illa autem quid fles? cur haec tua viscera credas,
Qui rapto vivens sola aliena vomis?

A voracious kite, which had eaten too much, was racked with vomiting. ‘O dear, mother’, it said, ‘entrails are pouring out of my mouth.’ She however replied: ‘What are you crying about? Why do you think these are your entrails? You live by plunder and vomit only what belongs to others.’


1.  The title is proverbial. See Cicero, Philippics, 2.65.

2.  ‘A voracious kite’. The kite was a figure of greed and extortion.

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