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Contre les Vilains.

Oiseau d’Egipte est Ibis, lequel vuide
Son cul du bec, comme un clystere.[1] Ovide
Et Battiade ont en reproche mis
Ce nom,[2] Ainsi nommans leurs ennemis.

Ibis est un oyseau d’Egipte, qui purge son
ventre du bec, en y mettant eau par le derriere,
& a monstré l’invention du clystere. Par le nom
duquel oiseau sont nomméz les vilains, qui
font de leur bouche cul, en prononceant des-
honnestes parolles.

Notes:

1.  For this information about the ibis, see Aelian, De natura animalium, 2.35; Cicero, De natura deorum, 2.126; Pliny, Natural History, 8.41.97.

2.  Battiades, ‘the inhabitant of Battus’ town’, i.e. the poet Callimachus, a native of Cyrene, a town founded by Battus. Ovid refers to Callimachus’ invective (not now extant) in his own poem Ibis, 53ff.


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