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IN PARASITOS.

Professional spongers

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Quos tibi donamus fluviatiles accipe cancros,
Munera conveniunt moribus ista tuis.
His oculi vigiles, & forfice plurimus ordo
Chelarum armatus, maximaque alvus adest.
Sic tibi propensus stat pingui ab domino [=abdomine] venter,
Pernicesque pedes, spiculaque apta pedi.
Cum vagus in triviis, mensaeque sedilibus erras,
Inque alios mordax scommata salsa iacis.[1]

Receive these river crabs which we present to you. These gifts match your character. They have watchful eyes, and a great row of claws armed with a pincer, and a huge gut is there. You too have a protruding belly with fat paunch, scuttling feet and sharp weapons on them, as you hang about the crossroads or move among the seats at table, and maliciously shoot your stinging, witty jibes.

Notes:

1. Variant reading, scommata falsa, ‘libellous witticisms’


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In eum qui truculentia suo-
rum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people

PROSOPOPEIA.

Things given speech.

Delphinem invitum me in littora compulit aestus,
Exemplum infido quanta pericla mari.
Nam si nec propriis Neptunus parcit alumnis,
Quis tutos homines navibus esse putet?[1]

I am a dolphin whom the tide drove ashore against my will, an example showing what great dangers there are in the treacherous sea. For if Neptune does not spare even his own nurslings, who can think that men are safe in ships?

Notes:

1. This is based on Anthologia graeca 7.216 (two lines omitted).


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