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Title: The Deipnosophists, or  Banquet of the Learned of Athenæus
Author: Athenæus
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_underscores_. A row of asterisks represents either an ellipsis in a
poetry quotation or a place where the original Greek text was too
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                        BANQUET OF THE LEARNED



                         LITERALLY TRANSLATED
                         BY C. D. YONGE, B.A.

                         AND A GENERAL INDEX.

                          IN THREE VOLUMES.
                               VOL. I.




The author of the DEIPNOSOPHISTS was an Egyptian, born in Naucratis, a
town on the left side of the Canopic Mouth of the Nile. The age in which
he lived is somewhat uncertain, but his work, at least the latter
portion of it, must have been written after the death of Ulpian the
lawyer, which happened A.D. 228.

Athenæus appears to have been imbued with a great love of learning, in
the pursuit of which he indulged in the most extensive and multifarious
reading; and the principal value of his work is, that by its copious
quotations it preserves to us large fragments from the ancient poets,
which would otherwise have perished. There are also one or two curious
and interesting extracts in prose; such, for instance, as the account of
the gigantic ship built by Ptolemæus Philopator, extracted from a lost
work of Callixenus of Rhodes.

The work commences, in imitation of Plato's Phædo, with a dialogue, in
which Athenæus and Timocrates supply the place of Phædo and Echecrates.
The former relates to his friend the conversation which passed at a
banquet given at the house of Laurentius, a noble Roman, between some of
the guests, the best known of whom are Galen and Ulpian.

The first two books, and portions of the third, eleventh, and fifteenth,
exist only in an Epitome, of which both the date and author are unknown.
It soon, however, became more common than the original work, and
eventually in a great degree superseded it. Indeed Bentley has proved
that the only knowledge which, in the time of Eustathius, existed of
Athenæus, was through its medium.

Athenæus was also the author of a book entitled, "On the Kings of
Syria," of which no portion has come down to us.

The text which has been adopted in the present translation is that of

                                                         C. D. Y.



     The Character of Laurentius--Hospitable and Liberal Men--
     Those who have written about Feasts--Epicures--The Praises
     of Wine--Names of Meals--Fashions at Meals--Dances--Games
     --Baths--Partiality of the Greeks for Amusements--Dancing
     and Dancers--Use of some Words--Exercise--Kinds of Food--
     Different kinds of Wine--The Produce of various places--
     Different Wines                                                1-57


     Wine--Drinking--The evils of Drunkenness--Praises of Wine
     --Water--Different kinds of Water--Sweetmeats--Couches and
     Coverlets--Names of Fruits--Fruit and Herbs--Lupins--Names
     Thrushes--Brains--The Head--Pickle--Cucumbers--Lettuce--
     The Cactus--The Nile                                         57-121

     BOOK III.

     Shell-fish--Oysters--Pearls--Tripe--Pigs' Feet--Music at
     Banquets--Puns on Words--Banquets--Dishes at Banquets--
     Water Drinking--Drinking Snow--Cheesecakes--Χόνδοος           121-210

     BOOK IV.

     Feast of Caranus--Supper of Iphicrates--Cooks--Dancing at
     Banquets--The Attic Banquet--Athenian Feasts--The Copis--
     The Phiditia--Cleomenes--Persian Banquets--Alexander the
     Great--Cleopatra--Banquets at Phigalea--Thracian Banquets
     --Celtic Banquets--Roman Banquets--Gladiatorial Combats--
     Temperance of the Lacedæmonians--The Theory of Euxitheus--
     Lentils--Spare Livers--Persæus--Diodorus--Extravagance--
     Luxury of the Tarentines--Extravagance of Individuals--
     Cooks' Apparatus--Use of Certain Words--Tasters--The
     Delphians--Musical Instruments--Kinds of Flutes--Wind
     Instruments                                                 210-287

     BOOK V.

     Banquets--Baths--Banquets--The Banquets described by Homer
     --Banquets--The Palaces of Homer's Kings--Conversation at
     Banquets--Customs in Homer's Time--Attitudes of Guests--
     Feast given by Antiochus--Extravagance of Antiochus--
     Ptolemy Philadelphus--Procession of Ptolemy Philadelphus--
     A large Ship built by Ptolemy--The Ship of Ptolemy
     Philopator--Hiero's Ship--Banquet given by Alexander--
     Athenio--The Valour of Socrates--Plato's account of
     Socrates--Socrates--The Gorgons                             287-352

     BOOK VI.

     Tragedy--Fishmongers--Misconduct of Fishmongers--Use of
     particular Words--Use of Silver Plate--Silver Plate--
     Golden Trinkets--Use of Gold in different Countries--
     Parasites--Gynæconomi--Parasites--Flatterers of Dionysius
     --Flatterers of Kings--Flattery of the Athenians--
     Flatterers--The Tyrants of Chios--The Conduct of Philip--
     Flatterers and Parasites--The Mariandyni--Slaves--Drimacus
     --Condition of Slaves--Slaves--Banquets--The Effects of
     Hunger--The Mothaces--Slaves under the Romans--The Fannian
     Law                                                         353-432

     BOOK VII.

     The Phagesia--Fish--Epicures--Fish--Cooks--Sharks--Fish--
     Glaucus--Eels--The Tunny-Fish--Fish--Pike--Fish--The
     Polybus--Fish                                               433-521




_The first two Books, and a portion of the third, as is known to the
scholar, exist only in Epitome._


1. Athenæus is the author of this book; and in it he is discoursing with
Timocrates: and the name of the book is the Deipnosophists. In this work
Laurentius is introduced, a Roman, a man of distinguished fortune,
giving a banquet in his own house to men of the highest eminence for
every kind of learning and accomplishment; and there is no sort of
gentlemanly knowledge which he does not mention in the conversation
which he attributes to them; for he has put down in his book, fish, and
their uses, and the meaning of their names; and he has described divers
kinds of vegetables, and animals of all sorts. He has introduced also
men who have written histories, and poets, and, in short, clever men of
all sorts; and he discusses musical instruments, and quotes ten thousand
jokes: he talks of the different kinds of drinking cups, and of the
riches of kings, and the size of ships, and numbers of other things
which I cannot easily enumerate, and the day would fail me if I
endeavoured to go through them separately.

And the arrangement of the conversation is an imitation of a sumptuous
banquet; and the plan of the book follows the arrangement of the
conversation. This, then, is the delicious feast of words which this
admirable master of the feast, Athenæus, has prepared for us; and
gradually surpassing himself, like the orator at Athens, as he warms
with his subject, he bounds on towards the end of the book in noble

2. And the Deipnosophists who were present at this banquet were,
_Masyrius_, an expounder of the law, and one who had been no superficial
student of every sort of learning; _Magnus_ . . . [Myrtilus] a poet; a
man who in other branches of learning was inferior to no one, and who
had devoted himself in no careless manner to the whole circle of arts
and learning; for in everything which he discussed, he appeared as if
that was the sole thing which he had studied; so great and so various
was his learning from his childhood. And he was an iambic poet, inferior
to no one who has ever lived since the time of Archilochus. There were
present also _Plutarchus_, and _Leonidas_ of Elis, and _Æmilianus_ the
Mauritanian, and _Zöilus_, all the most admirable of grammarians.

And of philosophers there were present _Pontianus_ and _Democritus_,
both of Nicomedia; men superior to all their contemporaries in the
extent and variety of their learning; and _Philadelphus_ of Ptolemais, a
man who had not only been bred up from his infancy in philosophical
speculation, but who was also a man of the highest reputation in every
part of his life. Of the Cynics, there was one whom he calls _Cynulcus_,
who had not only two white dogs following him, as they did Telemachus
when he went to the assembly, but a more numerous pack than even Actæon
had. And of rhetoricians there was a whole troop, in no respect inferior
to the Cynics. And these last, as well, indeed, as every one else who
ever opened his mouth, were run down by _Uppianus_ the Tyrian, who, on
account of the everlasting questions which he keeps putting every hour
in the streets, and walks, and booksellers' shops, and baths, has got a
name by which he is better known than by his real one, _Ceitouceitus_.
This man had a rule of his own, to eat nothing without saying κεῖται; ἢ
οὐ κεῖται; In this way, "Can we say of the word ὥρα, that it κεῖται, or
is applicable to any part of the day? And is the word μέθυσο, or drunk,
applicable to a man? Can the word μήτρα, or paunch, be applied to any
eatable food? Is the name σύαγρος a compound word applicable to a
boar?"--And of physicians there were present _Daphnus_ the Ephesian, a
man holy both in his art and by his manners, a man of no slight insight
into the principles of the Academic school; and _Galenus_ of Pergamos,
who has published such numbers of philosophical and medical works as to
surpass all those who preceded him, and who is inferior to none of the
guests in the eloquence of his descriptions. And _Rufinus_ of
Mylæa.--And of musicians, _Alcides_ of Alexandria, was present. So that
the whole party was so numerous that the catalogue looks rather like a
muster-roll of soldiers, than the list of a dinner party.

3. And Athenæus dramatises his dialogue in imitation of the manner of
Plato. And thus he begins:--


     _Tim._ Were you, Athenæus, yourself present at that delightful
     party of the men whom they now call Deipnosophists; which has
     been so much talked of all over the city; or is it only from
     having heard an account of it from others that you spoke of it
     to your companions?

     _Ath._ I was there myself, Timocrates.

     _Tim._ I wish, then, that you would communicate to us also
     some of that agreeable conversation which you had over your

          Make your hand perfect by a third attempt,

     as the bard of Cyrene[3:1] says somewhere or other; or must we
     ask some one else?

4. Then after a little while he proceeds to the praises of Laurentius,
and says that he, being a man of a munificent spirit, and one who
collected numbers of learned men about him, feasted them not only with
other things, but also with conversation, at one time proposing
questions deserving of investigation, and at another asking for
information himself; not suggesting subjects without examination, or in
any random manner, but as far as was possible with a critical and
Socratic discernment; so that every one marvelled at the systematic
character of his questions. And he says, too, that he was appointed
superintendant of the temples and sacrifices by that best of all
sovereigns Marcus;[3:2] and that he was no less conversant with the
literature of the Greeks than with that of his own countrymen. And he
calls him a sort of Asteropæus,[4:1] equally acquainted with both
languages. And he says that he was well versed in all the religious
ceremonies instituted by Romulus, who gave his name to the city, and by
Numa Pompilius; and that he is learned in all the laws of politics; and
that he has arrived at all this learning solely from the study of
ancient decrees and resolutions; and from the collection of the laws
which (as Eupolis, the comic writer, says of the poems of Pindar) are
already reduced to silence by the disinclination of the multitude for
elegant learning. He had also, says he, such a library of ancient Greek
books, as to exceed in that respect all those who are remarkable for
such collections; such as Polycrates of Samos, and Pisistratus who was
tyrant of Athens, and Euclides who was himself also an Athenian, and
Nicorrates the Samian, and even the kings of Pergamos, and Euripides the
poet, and Aristotle the philosopher, and Nelius his librarian; from whom
they say that our countryman Ptolemæus, surnamed Philadelphus, bought
them all, and transported them with all those which he had collected at
Athens and at Rhodes to his own beautiful Alexandria. So that a man may
fairly quote the verses of Antiphanes and apply them to him:--

     You court the heav'nly muse with ceaseless zeal,
     And seek to open all the varied stores
     Of high philosophy.

And as the Theban lyric poet[4:2] says:--

     Nor less renown'd his hand essays
     To wake the muse's choicest lays,
     Such as the social feast around
     Full oft our tuneful band inspire.

And when inviting people to his feasts, he causes Rome to be looked upon
as the common country of all of them. For who can regret what he has
left in his own country, while dwelling with a man who thus opens his
house to all his friends. For as Apollodorus the comic poet says:--

     Whene'er you cross the threshhold of a friend,
     How welcome you may be needs no long time
     To feel assured of; blithe the porter looks,
     The house-dog wags his tail, and rubs his nose
     Against your legs; and servants hasten quick,
     Unbidden all, since their lord's secret wish
     Is known full well, to place an easy chair
     To rest your weary limbs.

5. It would be a good thing if other rich men were like him; since when
a man acts in a different manner, people are apt to say to him, "Why are
you so mean? Your tents are full of wine."

     Call the elders to the feast,
     Such a course befits you best.

Such as this was the magnanimity of the great Alexander. And Conon,
after he had conquered the Lacedæmonians in the sea-fight off Cnidus,
and fortified the Piræus, sacrificed a real hecatomb, which deserved the
name, and feasted all the Athenians. And Alcibiades, who conquered in
the chariot race at the Olympic games, getting the first, and second,
and fourth prizes, (for which victories Euripides wrote a triumphal
ode,) having sacrificed to Olympian Jupiter, feasted the whole assembly.
And Leophron did the same at the Olympic games, Simonides of Ceos
writing a triumphal ode for him. And Empedocles of Agrigentum, having
gained the victory in the horse race at the Olympic games, as he was
himself a Pythagorean, and as such one who abstained from meat, made an
image of an ox of myrrh, and frankincense, and the most expensive
spices, and distributed it among all who came to that festival. And Ion
of Chios, having gained the tragic crown at Athens, gave a pot of Chian
wine to every Athenian citizen. For Antiphanes says:--

     For why should any man wealth desire,
     And seek to pile his treasures higher,
     If it were not to aid his friends in their need,
     And to gain for himself love's and gratitude's meed?
     For all can drink and all can eat,
     And it is not only the richest meat,
     Or the oldest wine in the well-chased bowl
     Which can banish hunger and thirst from the soul.

And Xenophanes of Chalcedon, and Speusippus the Academic philosopher,
and Aristotle, have all written drinking songs.

And in the same manner Gellias of Agrigentum, being a very hospitable
man, and very attentive to all his guests, gave a tunic and cloak to
every one of five hundred horsemen who once came to him from Gela in the
winter season.

6. The sophist uses the word Dinnerchaser, on which Clearchus says that
Charmus the Syracusan adopted some little versicles and proverbs very
neatly to whatever was put on the table. As on seeing a fish, he says:--

     I come from the salt depths of Ægeus' sea.

And when he saw some ceryces he said--

     Hail holy heralds (κήρυκες), messengers of Jove.

And on seeing tripe,

     Crooked ways, and nothing sound.

When a well-stuffed cuttlefish is served up,

     Good morrow, fool.

When he saw some pickled char,

     O charming sight; hence with the vulgar crowd.

And on beholding a skinned eel,

     Beauty when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most.

Many such men then as these, he says, were present at Laurentius's
supper; bringing books out of their bags, as their contribution to the
picnic. And he says also that Charmus, having something ready for
everything that was served up, as has been already said, appeared to the
Massenians to be a most accomplished man; as also did Calliphanes, who
was called the son of Parabrycon, who having copied out the beginnings
of many poems and other writings, recollected three or four stanzas of
each, aiming at a reputation for extensive learning. And many other men
had in their mouths turbots caught in the Sicilian sea, and swimming
eels, and the trail of the tunny-fish of Pachynum, and kids from Melos,
and mullets from Symæthus. And, of dishes of less repute, there were
cockles from Pelorum, anchovies from Lipara, turnips from Mantinea, rape
from Thebes, and beet-root from the Ascræans. And Cleanthes the
Tarentine, as Clearchus says, said everything while the drinking lasted,
in metres. And so did Pamphilus the Sicilian, in this way:--

     Give me a cup of sack, that partridge leg,
     Likewise a pot, or else at least a cheesecake.

Being, says he, men with fair means, and not forced to earn their dinner
with their hands,--

     Bringing baskets full of votes.

7. Archestratus the Syracusan or Geloan, in his work to which Chrysippus
gives the title of Gastronomy, but Lynceus and Callimachus of Hedypathy,
that is Pleasure, and which Clearchus calls Deipnology, and others
Cookery, (but it is an epic poem, beginning,

     Here to all Greece I open wisdom's store;)


     A numerous party may sit round a table,
       But not more than three, four, or five on one sofa;
     For else it would be a disorderly Babel,
       Like the hireling piratical band of a rover.

But he does not know that at the feast recorded by Plato there were
eight and twenty guests present.

     How keenly they watch for a feast in the town,
     And, asked or not, they are sure to go down;

says Antiphanes; and he adds--

     Such are the men the state at public cost
     Should gladly feed;

and always

     Treat them like flies at the Olympic games
     And hang them up an ox to feast upon.


     Winter produces this, that summer bears;

says the bard of Syracuse.[7:1] So that it is not easy to put all sorts
of things on the table at one time; but it is easy to talk of all kinds
of subjects at any time. Other men have written descriptions of feasts;
and Tinachidas of Rhodes has done so in an epic poem of eleven books or
more; and Numenius the Heraclean, the pupil of Dieuchas the physician;
and Metreas of Pitane, the man who wrote parodies; and Hegemon of
Thasos, surnamed Phacè, whom some men reckon among the writers of the
Old Comedy. And Artemidorus, the false Aristophanes, collected a number
of sayings relating to cookery. And Plato, the comic writer, mentions in
his Phaon the banquet of Philoxenus the Leucadian.

     _A._ But I have sought this tranquil solitude,
          To ponder deeply on this wondrous book.

     _B._ I pray you, what's the nature of its treasures?

     _A._ "Sauce for the million," by Philoxenus.

     _B._ Oh, let me taste this wisdom.

                                        _A._ Listen then;
          "I start with onions, and with tunnies end."

     _B._ With tunnies? Surely, then, he keeps the best
          And choicest of his dishes for the last.

     _A._ Listen. In ashes first your onions roast
          Till they are brown as toast,
          Then with sauce and gravy cover;
          Eat them, you'll be strong all over.
          So much for earth; now list to me,
          While I speak of the sons of the sea.

And presently he says:--

     A good large flat dish is not bad,
     But a pan is better when 'tis to be had.

And presently again:--

     Never cut up a sardine
     Or mackarel of silv'ry sheen,
     Lest the gods should scorn a sinner
     Such as you, and spoil your dinner;
     But dress them whole and serve them up,
     And so you shall most richly sup.
     Good sized polypus in season
     Should be boil'd,--to roast them's treason;
     But if early and not big,
     Roast them; boil'd ain't worth a fig.
     Mullets, though the taste is good,
     Are by far too weakening food;
     And the ills it brings to master
     You will need a scorpion plaster.

9. And it is from this Philoxenus that the Philoxenean cheesecakes are
named; and Chrysippus says of him, "I know an epicure, who carried his
disregard of his neighbours to such an extent, that he would at the bath
openly put in his hand to accustom it to the warm water, and who would
rinse out his mouth with warm water, in order to be less affected by
heat. And they said that he used to gain over the cooks to set very hot
dishes before him, so that he might have them all to himself, as no one
else could keep up with him. And they tell the same story about
Philoxenus of Cythera, and about Archytas, and many more, one of whom is
represented by Cromylus, the comic writer, as saying:--

     I've fingers Idæan[8:1] to take up hot meat,
       And a throat to devour it too;
     Curries and devils are my sweetest treat,
       Not more like a man than a flue.

But Clearchus says that Philoxenus would, after he had bathed, both when
in his own country and in other cities, go round to men's houses, with
his slaves following him, carrying oil, and wine, and pickle juice, and
vinegar, and other condiments; and that so, going into other persons'
houses, he would season what was dressed for them, putting in whatever
was requisite; and then, when he had finished his labours, he would join
the banquet. He, having sailed to Ephesus, finding the market empty,
asked the reason; and learning that everything had been bought up for a
wedding feast, bathed, and without any invitation went to the
bridegroom's house, and then after the banquet he sang a wedding song,
which began--

     O Marriage, greatest of the gods,

in such a manner as to delight every one, for he was a dithyrambic poet.
And the bridegroom said, "Philoxenus, are you going to dine here
to-morrow?" "Certainly," said he, "if no one sells any meat in the

10. But Theophilus says:--"We should not act like Philoxenus, the son of
Eryxis; for he, blaming, as it seems, the niggardliness of nature,
wished to have the neck of a crane for the purposes of enjoyment. But it
would be better still to wish to be altogether a horse, or an ox, or a
camel, or an elephant; for in the case of those animals the desires and
pleasures are greater and more vehement; for they limit their enjoyments
only by their power. And Clearchus says that Melanthius did pray in this
way, saying, "Melanthius seems to have been wiser than Tithonus; for
this last, having desired immortality, is hung up in a basket; being
deprived of every sort of pleasure by old age. But Melanthius, being
devoted to pleasure, prayed to have the neck of an ostrich, in order to
dwell as long as possible on sweet things."

The same Clearchus says that Pithyllus, who was called Tenthes, not only
had a covering to his tongue made of skin, but that he also wrapped up
his tongue for the sake of luxury, and then that he rubbed it clean
again with the skin of a fish. And he is the first of the epicures who
is said to have eaten his meat with fingerstalls on, in order to convey
it to his mouth as warm as possible. And others call Philoxenus
Philicthus;[9:1] but Aristotle simply calls him Philodeipnus,[9:2]
writing in this way:--"Those who make harangues to the multitude, spend
the whole day in looking at jugglers and mountebanks, and men who arrive
from the Phasis or the Borysthenes; having never read a book in their
lives except The Banquet of Philoxenus, and not all of that."

11. But Phanias says that Philoxenus of Cythera, a poet, being
exceedingly fond of eating, once when he was supping with Dionysius, and
saw a large mullet put before him and a small one before himself, took
his up in his hands and put it to his ear; and, when Dionysius asked him
why he did so, Philoxenus said that he was writing Galatea, and so he
wished to ask the fish some of the news in the kingdom of Nereus; and
that the fish which he was asking said that he knew nothing about it, as
he had been caught young; but that the one which was set before
Dionysius was older, and was well acquainted with everything which he
wished to know. On which Dionysius laughed, and sent him the mullet
which had been set before himself. And Dionysius was very fond of
drinking with Philoxenus, but when he detected him in trying to seduce
Galatea, whom he himself was in love with, he threw him into the stone
quarries; and while there he wrote the Cyclops, constructing the fable
with reference to what had happened to himself; representing Dionysius
as the Cyclops, and the flute-player as Galatea, and himself as Ulysses.

12. About the time of Tiberius there lived a man named Apicius; very
rich and luxurious; from whom several kinds of cheesecakes are called
Apician. He spent myriads of drachms on his belly, living chiefly at
Minturnæ, a city of Campania, eating very expensive crawfish, which are
found in that place superior in size to those of Smyrna, or even to the
crabs of Alexandria. Hearing too that they were very large in Africa, he
sailed thither, without waiting a single day, and suffered exceedingly
on his voyage. But when he came near the place, before he disembarked
from the ship, (for his arrival made a great noise among the Africans,)
the fishermen came alongside in their boats and brought him some very
fine crawfish; and he, when he saw them, asked if they had any finer;
and when they said that there were none finer than those which they
brought, he, recollecting those at Minturnæ, ordered the master of the
ship to sail back the same way into Italy, without going near the land.
But Aristoxenus, the philosopher of Cyrene, a real devotee of the
philosophy of his country, (from whom, hams cured in a particular way
are called Aristoxeni,) out of his prodigious luxury used to syringe the
lettuces which grew in his garden with mead in the evening, and then,
when he picked them in the morning, he would say that he was eating
green cheesecakes, which were sent up to him by the Earth.

13. When the emperor Trajan was in Parthia, at a distance of many days'
journey from the sea, Apicius sent him fresh oysters, which he had kept
so by a clever contrivance of his own; real oysters, not like the sham
anchovies which the cook of Nicomedes, king of the Bithynians, made in
imitation of the real fish, and set before the king, when he expressed a
wish for anchovies, (and he too at the time was a long way from the
sea.) And in Euphron, the comic writer, a cook says:--

     _A._ I am a pupil of Soterides,
          Who, when his king was distant from the sea
          Full twelve days' journey, and in winter's depth,
          Fed him with rich anchovies to his wish,
          And made the guests to marvel.

                                         _B._ How was that?

     _A._ He took a female turnip, shred it fine
          Into the figure of the delicate fish;
          Then did he pour on oil and savoury salt
          With careful hand in due proportion.
          On that he strew'd twelve grains of poppy seed,
          Food which the Scythians love; then boil'd it all.
          And when the turnip touch'd the royal lips,
          Thus spake the king to the admiring guests:
          "A cook is quite as useful as a poet,
          And quite as wise, and these anchovies show it."

14. Archilochus, the Parian poet, says of Pericles, that he would often
come to a banquet without being invited, after the fashion of the
Myconians. But it seems to me that the Myconians are calumniated as
sordid and covetous because of their poverty, and because they live in a
barren island. At all events Cratinus calls Ischomachus of Myconos

     _A._ But how can you be generous, if the son
          Of old Ischomachus of Myconos?

     _B._ I, a good man, may banquet with the good,
          For friends should have all their delights in common.

Archilochus says:--

     You come and drink full cups of Chian wine,
     And yet give no return for them, nor wait
     To be invited, as a friend would do.
     Your belly is your god, and thus misleads
     Your better sense to acts of shamelessness.

And Eubulus, the comic writer, says somewhere:--

     We have invited two unequall'd men,
     Philocrates and eke Philocrates.
     For that one man I always count as two,
     I don't know that I might not e'en say three.
     They say that once when he was ask'd to dinner,
     To come when first the dial gave a shade
     Of twenty feet, he with the lark uprose,
     Measuring the shadow of the morning sun,
     Which gave a shade of twenty feet and two.
     Off to his host he went, and pardon begg'd
     For having been detain'd by business;
     A man who came at daybreak to his dinner!

Amphis, the comic writer, says:--

     A man who comes late to a feast,
       At which he has nothing to pay,
     Will be sure if in battle he's press'd,
       To run like a coward away.

And Chrysippus says:--

     Never shun a banquet gay,
       Where the cost on others falls;
     Let them, if they like it, pay
       For your breakfasts, dinners, balls.

And Antiphanes says:--

     More blest than all the gods is he,
     Whom every one is glad to see,
     Who from all care and cost is free.

And again:--

     Happy am I, who never have cause
     To be anxious for meat to put in my jaws.

I prepared all these quotations beforehand, and so came to the dinner,
having studied beforehand in order to be able to pay my host a rent, as
it were, for my entertainment.

     For bards make offerings which give no smoke.

The ancients had a word, μονοφαγεῖν, applied to those who eat alone. And so
Antiphanes says:--

     But if you sulk, μονοφαγῶν,
     Why must I, too, eat alone?

And Ameipsias says:--

     And if she's a μονοφάγος, plague take her,
     I'd guard against her as a base housebreaker.

15. Dioscorides, with respect to the laws praised in Homer, says, "The
poet, seeing that temperance was the most desirable virtue for young
men, and also the first of all virtues, and one which was becoming to
every one; and that which, as it were, was the guide to all other
virtues, wishing to implant it from the very beginning in every one, in
order that men might devote their leisure to and expend their energies
on honourable pursuits, and might become inclined to do good to, and to
share their good things with others; appointed a simple and independent
mode of life to every one; considering that those desires and pleasures
which had reference to eating and drinking were those of the greater
power, and of the highest estimation, and moreover innate in all men;
and that those men who continued orderly and temperate in respect of
them, would also be temperate and well regulated in other matters.
Accordingly, he laid down a simple mode of life for every one, and
enjoined the same system indifferently to kings and private individuals,
and young men and old, saying:--

                      The tables in fair order spread,
     They heap the glittering canisters with bread,
     Viands of simple kinds allure the taste,
     Of wholesome sort, a plentiful repast.[13:1]

Their meat being all roasted, and chiefly beef; and he never sets before
his heroes anything except such dishes as these, either at a sacred
festival, or at a marriage feast, or at any other sort of convivial
meeting. And this, too, though he often represents Agamemnon as feasting
the chiefs. And Menelaus makes a feast on the occasion of the marriage
of his daughter Hermione; and again on the occasion of the marriage of
his son; and also when Telemachus comes to him--

     The table groan'd beneath a chine of beef,
     With which the hungry heroes quell'd their grief.[13:2]

For Homer never puts rissoles, or forcemeat, or cheesecakes, or
omelettes before his princes, but meat such as was calculated to make
them vigorous in body and mind. And so too Agamemnon feasted Ajax after
his single combat with Hector, on a rumpsteak; and in the same way he
gives Nestor, who was now of advanced age, and Phœnix too, a roast
sirloin of beef. And Homer describes Alcinous, who was a man of a very
luxurious way of life, as having the same dinner; wishing by these
descriptions to turn us away from intemperate indulgence of our
appetites. And when Nestor, who was also a king and had many subjects,
sacrificed to Neptune on the sea-shore, on behalf of his own dearest and
most valued friends, it was beef that he offered him. For that is the
holiest and most acceptable sacrifice to the gods, which is offered to
them by religious and well-disposed men. And Alcinous, when feasting the
luxurious Phæacians, and when entertaining Ulysses, and displaying to
him all the arrangements of his house and garden, and showing him the
general tenor of his life, gives him just the same dinner. And in the
same way the poet represents the suitors, though the most insolent of
men and wholly devoted to luxury, neither eating fish, nor game, nor
cheesecakes; but embracing as far as he could all culinary artifices,
and all the most stimulating food, as Menander calls it, and especially
such as are called amatory dishes, (as Chrysippus says in his Treatise
on Honour and Pleasure,) the preparation of which is something

16. Priam also, as the poet represents him, reproaches his sons for
looking for unusual delicacies; and calls them

     The wholesale murderers of lambs and kids.[14:1]

Philochorus, too, relates that a prohibition was issued at Athens
against any one tasting lamb which had not been shorn, on an occasion
when the breed of sheep appeared to be failing. And Homer, though he
speaks of the Hellespont as abounding in fish, and though he represents
the Phæacians as especially addicted to navigation, and though he knew
of many harbours in Ithaca, and many islands close to it, in which there
were large flocks of fishes and of wild birds; and though he enumerates
among the riches of the deep the fact of its producing fish, still never
once represents either fish or game as being put on the table to eat.
And in the same way he never represents fruit as set before any one,
although there was abundance of it; and although he is fond of speaking
of it, and although he speaks of it as being supplied without end. For
he says, "Pears upon pears," and so on. Moreover, he does not represent
his heroes as crowned, or anointed, or using perfumes; but he portrays
even his kings as scorning all such things, and devoting themselves to
the maintenance of freedom and independence.

In the same way he allots to the gods a very simple way of life, and
plain food, namely, nectar and ambrosia; and he represents men as paying
them honour with the materials of their feasts; making no mention of
frankincense, or myrrh, or garlands, or luxury of this sort. And he does
not describe them as indulging in even this plain food to an immoderate
extent; but like the most skilful physicians he abhors satiety.

     But when their thirst and hunger were appeased;[15:1]

then, having satisfied their desires, they went forth to athletic
exercises; amusing themselves with quoits and throwing of javelins,
practising in their sport such arts as were capable of useful
application. And they listened to harp players who celebrated the
exploits of bygone heroes with poetry and song.

17. So that it is not at all wonderful that men who lived in such a way
as they did were healthy and vigorous both in mind and body. And he,
pointing out how wholesome and useful a thing moderation is, and how it
contributes to the general good, has represented Nestor, the wisest of
the Greeks, as bringing wine to Machaon the physician when wounded in
the right shoulder, though wine is not at all good for inflammations;
and that, too, was Pramnian wine, which we know to be very strong and
nutritious. And he brings it to him too, not as a relief from thirst,
but to drink of abundantly; (at all events, when he has drank a good
draught of it, he recommends him to repeat it.)

     Sit now, and drink your fill,

says he; and then he cuts a slice of goat-milk cheese, and then an

     A shoeing-horn for further draughts of wine;[15:2]

though in other places he does say that wine relaxes and enervates the
strength. And in the case of Hector, Hecuba, thinking that then he will
remain in the city all the rest of the day, invites him to drink and to
pour libations, encouraging him to abandon himself to pleasure. But he,
as he is going out to action, puts off the drinking. And she, indeed,
praises wine without ceasing; but he, when he comes in out of breath,
will not have any. And she urges him to pour a libation and then to
drink, but he, as he is all covered with blood, thinks it impiety.

Homer knew also the use and advantages of wine, when he said that if a
man drank it in too large draughts it did harm. And he was acquainted,
too, with many different ways of mixing it. For else Achilles would not
have bade his attendants to mix it for him with more wine than usual, if
there had not been some settled proportion in which it was usually
mixed. But perhaps he was not aware that wine was very digestible
without any admixture of solid food, which is a thing known to the
physicians by their art; and, therefore, in the case of people with
heartburn they mix something to eat with the wine, in order to retain
its power. But Homer gives Machaon meal and cheese with his wine; and
represents Ulysses as connecting the advantages to be derived from food
and wine with one another when he says--

     Strengthen'd with wine and meat, a man goes forth:[16:1]

and to the reveller gives sweet drink, saying--

     There, too, were casks of old and luscious wine.[16:2]

18. Homer, too, represents the virgins and women washing the strangers,
knowing that men who have been brought up in right principles will not
give way to undue warmth or violence; and accordingly the women are
treated with proper respect. And this was a custom of the ancients; and
so too the daughters of Cocalus wash Minos on his arrival in Sicily, as
if it was a usual thing to do. On the other hand, the poet, wishing to
disparage drunkenness, represents the Cyclops, great as he was,
destroyed through inebriety by a man of small stature, and also Eurytian
the Centaur. And he relates how the men at Circe's court were
transformed into lions and wolves, from a too eager pursuit of pleasure.
But Ulysses was saved from following the advice of Mercury, by means of
which he comes off unhurt. But he makes Elpenor, a man given to drinking
and luxury, fall down a precipice. And Antinous, though he says to

     Luscious wine will be your bane,[16:3]

could not himself abstain from drinking, owing to which he was wounded
and slain while still having hold of the goblet.

He represents the Greeks also as drinking hard when sailing away from
Troy, and on that account quarrelling with one another, and in
consequence perishing. And he relates that Æneas, the most eminent of
the Trojans for wisdom, was led away by the manner in which he had
talked, and bragged, and made promises to the Trojans, while engaged in
drinking, so as to encounter the mighty Achilles, and was nearly killed.
And Agamemnon says somewhere about drunkenness--

     Disastrous folly led me thus astray,
     Or wine's excess, or madness sent from Jove:

placing madness and drunkenness in the same boat. And Dioscorides, too,
the pupil of Isocrates, quoted these verses with the same object,
saying, "And Achilles, when reproaching Agamemnon, addresses him--

     Tyrant, with sense and courage quell'd by wine."

This was the way in which the sophist of Thessalia argued, from whence
came the term, a Sicilian proverb, and Athenæus is, perhaps, playing on
the proverb.

19. As to the meals the heroes took in Homer, there was first of all
breakfast, which he calls ἄριστον, which he mentions once in the Odyssey,

     Ulysses and the swineherd, noble man,
     First lit the fire, and breakfast then began.[17:1]

And once in the Iliad,

     Then quickly they prepared to break their fast.[17:2]

But this was the morning meal, which we call ἀκρατισμὸς, because we soak
crusts of bread in pure wine (ἄκρατος), and eat them, as Antiphanes says--

     While the cook the ἄριστον prepares.

And afterwards he says--

     Then when you have done your business,
     Come and share my ἀκρατισμὸς.

And Cantharus says--

     _A._ Shall we, then, take our ἀκρατισμὸς there?

     _B._ No; at the Isthmus all the slaves prepare
          The sweet ἄριστον,--

using the two words as synonymous. Aristomenes says--

     I'll stop awhile to breakfast, then I'll come,
       When I a slice or two of bread have eaten.

But Philemon says that the ancients took the following meals--ἀκράτισμα,
ἄριστον, ἑσπέρισμα, or the afternoon meal, and δεῖπνον, supper; calling the
ἀκρατισμὸς breakfast, and ἄριστον[18:1] luncheon, and δεῖπνον the meal which
came after luncheon. And the same order of names occur in Æschylus,
where Palamedes is introduced, saying--

     The different officers I then appointed,
     And bade them recollect the soldiers' meals,
     In number three, first breakfast, and then dinner,
     Supper the third.

And of the fourth meal Homer speaks thus--

     And come thou δειελιήσας.[18:2]

That which some call δειλινὸν is between what we call ἄριστον and δεῖπνον; and
ἄριστον in Homer, that which is taken in the morning, δεῖπνον is what is
taken at noon, which we call ἄριστον, and δόρπον is the name for the evening
meal. Sometimes, then, ἄριστον is synonymous with δεῖπνον; for somewhere or
other Homer says--

     δεῖπνον they took, then arm'd them for the fray.

For making their δεῖπνον immediately after sunrise, they then advance to

20. In Homer they eat sitting down; but some think that a separate table
was set before each of the feasters. At all events, they say a polished
table was set before Mentes when he came to Telemachus, arriving after
tables were already laid for the feast. However, this is not very
clearly proved, for Minerva may have taken her food at Telemachus's
table. But all along the banqueting-room full tables were laid out, as
is even now the custom among many nations of the barbarians,

     Laden with all dainty dishes,

as Anacreon says. And then when the guests have departed, the

     Bore off the feast, and clear'd the lofty hall,
     Removed the goblets and the tables all.

The feast which he mentions as taking place in the palace of Menelaus
is of a peculiar character; for there he represents the guests as
conversing during the banquet; and then they wash their hands and return
to the board, and proceed to supper after having indulged their grief.
But the line in the last book of the Iliad, which is usually read,

     He eat and drank, while still the table stood,

should be read,

     He eat and drank still, while the table stood,

or else there would be blame implied for what Achilles was doing at the
moment; for how could it be decent that a table should be laid before
Achilles, as before a party of revellers, down the whole length of a
banqueting-room? Bread, then, was placed on the table in baskets, and
the rest of the meal consisted wholly of roast meat. But Homer never
speaks of broth, Antiphanes says,

     He never boil'd the legs or haunches,
     But roasted brains and roasted paunches,
     As did his sires of old.

21. And portions of the meat were then distributed among the guests;
from which circumstances he speaks of "equal feasts," because of their
equal division. And he calls suppers δαῖτας, from the word δατέομαι, to
divide, since not only was the meat distributed in that way, but the
wine also.

               Their hunger was appeased,
     And strength recruited by the equal feast.[19:1]

And again,

     Come, then, Achilles, share this equal feast.[19:2]

From these passages Zenodotus got the idea that δαῖτα ἐΐσην meant a good
feast; for as food is a necessary good to men, he says that he, by
extension of the meaning of the word, called it ἐΐσην. But men in the
early times, as they had not food in sufficient abundance, the moment
any appeared, rushed on it all at once, and tore it to pieces with
violence, and even took it away from others who had it; and this
disorderly behaviour gave rise to bloodshed. And it is from this that
very probably the word ἀτασθαλία originated, because it was in θάλιαι,
another name for banquets, that men first offended against one another.
But when, by the bounty of Ceres, food became abundant, then they
distributed an equal portion to each individual, and so banquets became
orderly entertainments. Then came the invention of wine and of
sweetmeats, which were also distributed equally: and cups, too, were
given to men to drink out of, and these cups all held the same quantity.
And as food was called δαὶς, from δαίεσθαι, that is, from being divided, so he
who roasted the meat was called δαιτρὸς, because it was he who gave each
guest an equal portion. We must remark that the poet uses the word δαὶς
only of what is eaten by men, and never applies it to beasts; so that it
was out of ignorance of the force of this word that Zenodotus, in his
edition writes:--

            αὐτοὺς δὲ ἑλώρια τεῦχε κύνεσσιν
     οἰωνοῖσί τε δαῖτα,[20:1]

calling the food of the vultures and other birds by this name, though it
is man alone who has come to an equal division after his previous
violence, on which account it is his food alone that is called δαὶς, and
the portion given to him is called μοῖρα. But the feasters mentioned in
Homer did not carry home the fragments, but when they were satisfied
they left them with the givers of the feast; and the housekeeper took
them in order, if any stranger arrived, to have something to give him.

22. Now Homer represents the men of his time as eating fish and birds:
at all events, in Sicily the companions of Ulysses catch

     All fish and birds, and all that come to hand
     With barbed hooks.[20:2]

But as the hooks were not forged in Sicily, but were brought by them in
their vessel; it is plain that they were fond of and skilful in catching
fish. And again, the poet compares the companions of Ulysses, who were
seized by Sylla, to fish caught with a long rod and thrown out of doors;
and he speaks more accurately concerning this act than those who have
written poems or treatises professedly on the subject. I refer to
Cæcilius of Argos, and Numenius of Heraclea, and Pancrates the Arcadian,
and Posidonius the Corinthian, and Oppianus the Cilician, who lived a
short time ago; for we know of all those men as writers of heroic poems
about fishing. And of prose essayists on the subject we have Seleucus of
Tarsus, and Leonidas of Byzantium, and Agathocles of Atracia. But he
never expressly mentions such food at his banquets, just as he also
forbears to speak of the meat of young animals, as such food was hardly
considered suitable to the dignity of heroes of reputation. However,
they did eat not only fish, but oysters; though this sort of food is
neither very wholesome nor very nice, but the oysters lie at the bottom
of the sea, and one cannot get at them by any other means, except by
diving to the bottom.

     An active man is he, and dives with ease;[21:1]

as he says of a man who could have collected enough to satisfy many men,
while hunting for oysters.

23. Before each one of the guests in Homer is placed a separate cup.
Demodocus has a basket and a table and a cup placed before him,

     To drink whene'er his soul desired.[21:2]

Again the goblets _are crowned with drink_; that is to say, they are
filled so that the liquor stands above the brim, and the cups have a
sort of crown of wine on them. Now the cupbearers filled them so for the
sake of the omen; and then they pour out

     πᾶσιν, ἐπαρξάμενοι δεπάεσσιν,[21:3]

the word πᾶσιν referring not to the cups but to the men. Accordingly
Alcinous says to Pontonous,

     Let _all_ around the due libation pay
     To Jove, who guides the wanderer on his way;[21:4]

and then he goes on,

     All drink the juice that glads the heart of man.

And due honour is paid at those banquets to all the most eminent men.
Accordingly, Tydides is honoured with great quantities of meat and wine;
and Ajax receives the compliment of a whole chine of beef. And the kings
are treated in the same way:--

     A rump of beef they set before the king:[21:5]

that is, before Menelaus. And in like manner he honours Idomeneus and

     With ever brimming cups of rosy wine.[22:1]

And Sarpedon, among the Lycians, receives the same respect, and has the
highest seat, and the most meat.

They had also a way of saluting in drinking one another's health; and so
even the gods,

     In golden goblets pledged each other's health;

that is, they took one another by the right hand while drinking. And so
some one δείδεκτ' Ἀχιλλέα, which is the same as if he had said ἐδεξιοῦτο, that is,
took him by the right hand. He drank to him, proffering him the goblet
in his right hand. They also gave some of their own portion to those to
whom they wished to show attention; as, Ulysses having cut off a piece
of chine of beef which was set before himself, sent it to Demodocus.

24. They also availed themselves at their banquets of the services of
minstrels and dancers; as the suitors did, and in the palace of Menelaus

     A band amid the joyous circle sings
     High airs attempered to the vocal strings;
     While, warbling to the varied strain, advance
     Two sprightly youths to form the bounding dance.[22:2]

And though Homer uses μολπὴ, _warbling_, here, he is really speaking
only of the exercise of the dance. But the race of bards in those days
was modest and orderly, cultivating a disposition like that of
philosophers. And accordingly Agamemnon leaves his bard as a guardian
and counsellor to Clytæmnestra: who, first of all, going through all the
virtues of women, endeavoured to inspire her with an ambition of
excelling in virtuous and ladylike habits; and, after that, by supplying
her with agreeable occupation, sought to prevent her inclinations from
going astray after evil thoughts: so that Ægisthus could not seduce the
woman till he had murdered the bard on a desert island. And the same is
the character of that bard who sings under compulsion before the
suitors; who bitterly reproached them for laying plots against Penelope.
We find too that using one general term, Homer calls all bards objects
of veneration among men.

     Therefore the holy Muse their honour guards
     In every land, and loves the race of bards.[23:1]

And Demodocus the bard of the Phæacians sings of the intrigue between
Mars and Venus; not because he approves of such behaviour, but for the
purpose of dissuading his hearers from the indulgence of such passions,
knowing that they have been brought up in a luxurious way, and therefore
relating to them tales not inconsistent with their own manners, for the
purpose of pointing out to them the evil of them, and persuading them to
avoid such conduct. And Phemius sings to the suitors, in compliance with
their desire, the tale of the return of the Greeks from Troy; and the
sirens sing to Ulysses what they think will be most agreeable to him,
saying what they think most akin to his own ambition and extensive
learning. We know, say they,

     Whate'er beneath the sun's bright journey lies,
     Oh stay and learn new wisdom from the wise.[23:2]

25. The dances spoken of in Homer are partly those of tumblers and
partly those of ball-players; the invention of which last kind Agallis,
the Corcyrean authoress, who wrote on grammar, attributes to Nausicaa,
paying a compliment to her own countrywoman; but Dicæarchus attributes
it to the Sicyonians. But Hippasus gives the credit of both this and
gymnastic exercises to the Lacedæmonians. However, Nausicaa is the only
one of his heroines whom Homer introduces playing at ball. Demoteles,
the brother of Theognis the Chian sophist, was eminent for his skill in
this game; and a man of the name of Chærephanes, who once kept following
a debauched young man, and did not speak to him, but prevented him from
misbehaving. And when he said, "Chærephanes, you may make your own terms
with me, if you will only desist from following me;" "Do you think,"
said he, "that I want to speak to you?" "If you do not," said he, "why
do you follow me?" "I like to look at you," he replied, "but I do not
approve of your conduct."

The thing called φούλλικλον, which appears to have been a kind of small
ball, was invented by Atticus the Neapolitan, the tutor in gymnastics of
the great Pompey. And in the game of ball the variation called ἁρπαστὸν
used to be called φαινίνδα and I think that the best of all the games of

26. There is a great deal of exertion and labour in a game of ball, and
it causes great straining of the neck and shoulders. Antiphanes says,

     Wretch that I am, my neck's so stiff;

and again Antiphanes describes the φαινίνδα thus:--

     The player takes the ball elate,
     And gives it safely to his mate,
     Avoids the blows of th' other side,
     And shouts to see them hitting wide;
     List to the cries, "Hit here," "hit there,"
     "Too far," "too high," "that is not fair,"--
     See every man with ardour burns
     To make good strokes and quick returns.

And it was called φαινίνδα from the rapid motion of those who played,
or else because its inventor, as Juba the Mauritanian says, was
Phænestius, a master of gymnastics. And Antiphanes,

     To play Phæninda at Phænestius' school.

And those who played paid great attention to elegance of motion and
attitude; and accordingly Demoxenus says:--

     A youth I saw was playing ball,
     Seventeen years of age and tall;
     From Cos he came, and well I wot
     The Gods look kindly on that spot.
     For when he took the ball or threw it,
     So pleased were all of us to view it,
     We all cried out; so great his grace,
     Such frank good humour in his face,
     That every time he spoke or moved,
     All felt as if that youth they loved.
     Sure ne'er before had these eyes seen,
     Nor ever since, so fair a mien;
     Had I staid long most sad my plight
     Had been to lose my wits outright,
     And even now the recollection
     Disturbs my senses' calm reflection.

Ctesibius also of Chalcis, a philosopher, was no bad player. And there
were many of the friends of Antigonus the king who used to take their
coats off and play ball with him. Timocrates, too, the Lacedæmonian,
wrote a book on playing ball.

27. But the Phæacians in Homer had a dance also unconnected with ball
playing; and they danced very cleverly, alternating in figures with one
another. That is what is meant by the expression,

     In frequent interchanges,

while others stood by and made a clapping noise with their fore-fingers,
which is called ληκεῖν. The poet was acquainted also with the art of
dancing so as to keep time with singing. And while Demodocus was
singing, youths just entering on manhood were dancing; and in the book
which is called the Manufacture of the Arms, a boy played the harp,

     Danced round and sung in soft well measured tune.

And in these passages the allusion is to that which is called the
hyporchematic[25:1] style, which flourished in the time of Xenodemus and
Pindar. And this kind of dance is an imitation of actions which are
explained by words, and is what the elegant Xenophon represents as
having taken place, in his Anabasis, at the banquet given by Seuthes the
Thracian. He says:

"After libations were made, and the guests had sung a pæan, there rose
up first the Thracians, and danced in arms to the music of a flute, and
jumped up very high, with light jumps, and used their swords. And at
last one of them strikes another, so that it seemed to every one that
the man was wounded. And he fell down in a very clever manner, and all
the bystanders raised an outcry. And he who struck him having stripped
him of his arms, went out singing Sitalces. And others of the Thracians
carried out his antagonist as if he were dead; but in reality, he was
not hurt. After this some Ænianians and Magnesians rose up, who danced
the dance called Carpæa, they too being in armour. And the fashion of
that dance was like this: One man, having laid aside his arms, is
sowing, and driving a yoke of oxen, constantly looking round as if he
were afraid. Then there comes up a robber; but the sower, as soon as he
sees him, snatches up his arms and fights in defence of his team in
regular time to the music of the flute. And at last the robber, having
bound the man, carries off the team; but sometimes the sower conquers
the robber, and then binding him alongside his oxen, he ties his hands
behind him, and drives him forward. And one man," says he, "danced the
Persian dance, and rattling one shield against another, fell down, and
rose up again: and he did all this in time to the music of a flute. And
the Arcadians rising up, all moved in time, being clothed in armour, the
flute-players playing the tune suited to an armed march; and they sung
the pæan, and danced."

28. The heroes used also flutes and pipes. At all events Agamemnon hears
"the voice of flutes and pipes," which however he never introduced into
banquets, except that in the Manufacture[26:1] of Arms, he mentions the
flute on the occasion of a marriage-feast. But flutes he attributes to
the barbarians. Accordingly, the Trojans had "the voice of flutes and
pipes," and they made libations, when they got up from the feast, making
them to Mercury, and not, as they did afterwards, to Jupiter the
Finisher. For Mercury appears to be the patron of sleep: they drop
libations to him also on their tongues when they depart from a banquet,
and the tongues are especially allotted to him, as being the instruments
of eloquence.

Homer was acquainted also with a variety of meats. At all events he uses
the expression "various meats," and

     Meats such as godlike kings rejoice to taste.

He was acquainted, too, with everything that is thought luxurious even
in our age. And accordingly the palace of Menelaus is the most splendid
of houses. And Polybius describes the palace of one of the Spanish kings
as being something similar in its appointments and splendour, saying
that he was ambitious of imitating the luxury of the Phæacians, except
as far as there stood in the middle of the palace huge silver and golden
goblets full of wine made of barley. But Homer, when describing the
situation and condition of Calypso's house, represents Mercury as
astonished; and in his descriptions the life of the Phæacians is wholly
devoted to pleasure:

     We ever love the banquet rich,
     The music of the lyre,

and so on. And

     How goodly seems it, etc. etc.

lines which Eratosthenes says ought to stand thus:--

     How goodly seems it ever to employ
     Far from all ills man's social days in joy,
     The plenteous board high heap'd with cates divine,
     While tuneful songs bid flow the generous wine.[27:1]

When he says "far from all ills," he means where folly is not allowed to
exhibit itself; for it would be impossible for the Phæacians to be
anything but wise, inasmuch as they are very dear to the gods, as
Nausicaa says.

29. In Homer, too, the suitors amused themselves in front of the doors
of the palace with dice; not having learnt how to play at dice from
Diodorus of Megalopolis, or from Theodorus, or from Leon of Mitylene,
who was descended from Athenian ancestors: and was absolutely invincible
at dice, as Phanias says. But Apion of Alexandria says that he had heard
from Cteson of Ithaca what sort of game the game of dice, as played by
the suitors, was. For the suitors being a hundred and eight in number,
arranged their pieces opposite to one another in equal numbers, they
themselves also being divided into two equal parties, so that there were
on each side fifty-four; and between the men there was a small space
left empty. And in this middle space they placed one man, which they
called Penelope. And they made this the mark, to see if any one of them
could hit it with his man; and then, when they had cast lots, he who
drew the lot aimed at it. Then if any one hit it and drove Penelope
forward out of her place, then he put down his own man in the place of
that which had been hit and moved from its place. After which, standing
up again, he shot his other man at Penelope in the place in which she
was the second time. And if he hit her again without touching any one of
the other men, he won the game, and had great hopes that he should be
the man to marry her. He says too that Eurymachus gained the greatest
number of victories in this game, and was very sanguine about his
marriage. And in consequence of their luxury the suitors had such tender
hands that they were not able to bend the bow; and even their servants
were a very luxurious set.

Homer, too, speaks of the smell of perfumes as something very

     Spirit divine! whose exhalation greets
     The sense of gods with more than mortal sweets.[28:1]

He speaks, too, of splendid beds; and such is the bed which Arete orders
her handmaids to prepare for Ulysses. And Nestor makes it a boast to
Telemachus that he is well provided with such things.

30. But some of the other poets have spoken of the habits of expense,
and indolence of their own time as existing also at the time of the
Trojan war; and, so Æschylus very improperly introduces the Greeks as so
drunk as to break their vessels about one another's heads; and he says--

     This is the man who threw so well
     The vessel with an evil smell,
     And miss'd me not, but dash'd to shivers
     The pot too full of steaming rivers
     Against my head, which now, alas! sir,
     Gives other smells besides macassar.

And Sophocles says in his banquet of the Greeks,

     He in his anger threw too well
     The vessel with an evil smell
     Against my head, and fill'd the room
     With something not much like perfume;
     So that I swear I nearly fainted
     With the foul steam the vessel vented.

But Eupolis attacks the man who first mentioned such a thing, saying--

     I hate the ways of Sparta's line,
     And would rather fry my dinner;
     He who first invented wine
     Made poor man a greater sinner,
     And through him the greater need is
     Of the arts of Palamedes.[28:2]

But in Homer the chiefs banquet in Agamemnon's tent in a very orderly
manner; and if in the Odyssey Achilles and Ulysses dispute and Agamemnon
exults, still their rivalry with one another is advantageous, since what
they are discussing is whether Troy is to be taken by stratagem, or by
open-hand fighting. And he does not represent even the suitors as
drunk, nor has he ever made his heroes guilty of such disorderly conduct
as Æschylus and Sophocles have, though he does speak of the foot of an
ox being thrown at Ulysses.

31. And his heroes sit at their banquets, and do not lie down. And this
was sometimes the case at the feasts of Alexander the king, as Dures
says. For he once, when giving a feast to his captains to the number of
six thousand, made them sit upon silver chairs and couches, having
covered them with purple covers. And Hegesander says that it was not the
custom in Macedonia for any one to lie down at a banquet, unless he had
slain a boar which had escaped beyond the line of nets; but with that
exception, every one sat at supper. And so Cassander, when he was
thirty-five years of age, supped with his father in a sitting posture,
not being able to perform the above-mentioned exploit, though he was of
man's estate, and a gallant hunter.

But Homer, who has always an eye to propriety, has not introduced his
heroes feasting on anything except meat, and that too they dressed for
themselves. For it caused neither ridicule nor shame to see them
preparing and cooking their own food: for they studied to be able to
wait upon themselves; and they prided themselves, says Chrysippus, on
their dexterity in such matters. And accordingly Ulysses boasts of being
a better hand than any one else at making a fire and cutting up meat.
And in the book of the Iliad called The Prayers,[29:1] Patroclus acts as
cupbearer, and Achilles prepares the supper. And when Menelaus
celebrates a marriage feast, Megapenthes the bridegroom acts as
cupbearer. But now we have come to such a pitch of effeminacy as to lie
down while at our meals.

32. And lately baths too have been introduced; things which formerly men
would not have permitted to exist inside a city. And Antiphanes points
out their injurious character:

     Plague take the bath! just see the plight
       In which the thing has left me;
     It seems t' have boil'd me up, and quite
       Of strength, and nerve bereft me.
     Don't touch me, curst was he who taught a
     Man to soak in boiling water.

And Hermippus says,

     As to mischievous habits, if you ask my vote,
       I say there are two common kinds of self-slaughter,
     One, constantly pouring strong wine down your throat,
       T'other plunging in up to your throat in hot water.

But now the refinements of cooks and perfumers have increased so much,
that Alexis says that even if a man could bathe in a bath of perfume he
would not be content. And all the manufactories of sweetmeats are in
great vigour, and such plans are devised for intercourse between people,
that some have proposed even to stuff the sofas and chairs with sponge,
as on the idea that that will make the occupiers more amorous. And
Theophrastus says that some contrivances are of wondrous efficacy in
such matters; and Phylarchus confirms him, by reference to some of the
presents which Sandrocottus, the king of the Indians, sent to Seleucus;
which were to act like charms in producing a wonderful degree of
affection, while some, on the contrary, were to banish love. Music, too,
has been cultivated now, in a way which is a great perversion of its
legitimate use: and extravagance has descended even to our clothes and

33. But Homer, though he was well acquainted with the nature of perfume,
has never introduced any of his heroes as perfumed except Paris; when he
says, "glittering with beauty," as in another place he says that Venus--

     With every beauty every feature arms,
     Bids her checks glow, and lights up all her charms.[30:1]

Nor does he ever represent them as wearing crowns, although by some of
his similes and metaphors he shows that he knew of garlands. At all
events he speaks of

     That lovely isle crown'd by the foaming waves,[30:2]

And again he says--

     For all around the crown of battle swells.[30:3]

We must remark, too, that in the Odyssey he represents his characters as
washing their hands before they partake of food. But in the Iliad there
is no trace of such a custom. For the life described in the Odyssey is
that of men living easily and luxuriously owing to the peace; on which
account the men of that time indulged their bodies with baths and
washings. And that is the reason why in that state of things they play
at dice, and dance, and play ball. But Herodotus is mistaken when he
says that those sports were invented in the time of Atys to amuse the
people during the famine. For the heroic times are older than Atys. And
the men living in the time of the Iliad are almost constantly crying

     Raise the battle cry so clear,
       Prelude to the warlike spear.

34. Now to go back to what we were saying before. The Athenians made
Aristonicus the Carystian, who used to play at ball with Alexander the
king, a freeman of their city on account of his skill, and they erected
a statue to him. And even in later times the Greeks considered all
handicraft trades of much less importance than inventions which had any
reference to amusement. And the people of Histiæa, and of Oreum, erected
in their theatre a brazen statue holding a die in its hand to Theodorus
the juggler. And on the same principle the Milesians erected one to
Archelaus the harp-player. But at Thebes there is no statue to Pindar,
though there is one to Cleon the singer, on which there is the

     Stranger, thou seest Pytheas' tuneful son,
       While living oft with vict'ry's garlands crown'd,
     Sweet singer, though on earth his race is run,
       E'en the high heavens with his name resound.

Polemo relates that when Alexander razed Thebes to the ground, one man
who escaped hid some gold in the garments of this statue, as they were
hollow; and then when the city was restored he returned and recovered
his money after a lapse of thirty years. But Herodotus, the logomime as
he was called, and Archelaus the dancer, according to Hegesander, were
more honoured by Antiochus the king than any others of his friends. And
Antiochus his father made the sons of Sostratus the flute-player his
body guards.

35. And Matreas, the strolling player of Alexandria, was admired by both
Greeks and Romans; and he said that he was cherishing a beast which was
eating itself. So that even now it is disputed what that beast of
Matreas's was. He used to propose ridiculous questions in parody of the
doubts raised by Aristotle, and then he read them in public; as "Why is
the sun said to set, and not to dive?" "why are sponges said to suck
up, and not to drink?" and "why do we say of a tetradrachm that it
καταλλάττεται,[32:1] when we never speak of its getting in a passion?" And the
Athenians gave Pothimos the puppet-master the use of the very stage on
which Euripides had exhibited his noble dramas. And they also erected a
statue of Euripides in the theatre next to the statue of Æschylus.
Xenophon the conjuror, too, was very popular among them, who left behind
him a pupil of the name of Cratisthenes, a citizen of Phlias; a man who
used to make fire spout up of its own accord, and who contrived many
other extraordinary sights, so as almost to make men discredit the
evidence of their own senses. And Nymphodorus the conjuror was another
such; a man who having quarrelled with the people of Rhegium, as Duris
relates, was the first man who turned them into ridicule as cowards. And
Eudicus the buffoon gained great credit by imitating wrestlers and
boxers, as Aristoxenus relates. Straton of Tarentum, also, had many
admirers; he was a mimic of the dithyrambic poets; and so had Œnonas
the Italian, who mimicked the harp-players; and who gave representations
of the Cyclops trying to sing, and of Ulysses when shipwrecked, speaking
in a clownish fashion. And Diopeithes the Locrian, according to the
account of Phanodemus, when he came to Thebes, fastened round his waist
bladders full of wine and milk, and then, squeezing them, pretended that
he was drawing up those liquids out of his mouth. And Noëmon gained a
great reputation for the same sort of tricks.

There were also in Alexander's court the following jugglers, who had all
a great name. Scymnus of Tarentum, and Philistides of Syracuse, and
Heraclitus of Mitylene. And there were too some strolling players of
high repute, such as Cephisodorus and Pantaleon. And Xenophon makes
mention also of Philip the buffoon.

36. Rome may fairly be called the nation of the world. And he will not
be far out who pronounces the city of the Romans an epitome of the whole
earth; for in it you may see every other city arranged collectively, and
many also separately; for instance, there you may see the golden city of
the Alexandrians, the beautiful metropolis of Antioch, the surpassing
beauty of Nicomedia; and besides all these that most glorious of all the
cities which Jupiter has ever displayed, I mean Athens. And not only one
day, but all the days in an entire year, would be too short for a man
who should attempt to enumerate all the cities which might be enumerated
as discernible in that uranopolis of the Romans, the city of Rome; so
numerous are they.--For indeed some entire nations are settled there, as
the Cappadocians, the Scythians, the people of Pontus, and many others.
And all these nations, being so to say the entire population of the
world, called the dancer who was so famous in our time Memphis,
comparing him, on account of the elegance of his movements, to the most
royal and honourable of cities; a city of which Bacchylides sings--

     Memphis, which winter dares not to assail,
       And lotus-crowned Nile.

As for the Pythagorean philosophy, Athenæus explains that to us, and
shows us everything in silence more intelligibly than others who
undertake to teach the arts which require talking.

37. Now of tragic dancing, as it was called, such as it existed in his
time, Bathyllus of Alexandria was the first introducer; whom Seleucus
describes as having been a legitimate dancer. This Bathyllus, according
to the account of Aristonicus, and Pylades too, who has written a
treatise on dancing, composed the Italian dance from the comic one which
was called κόρδαξ, and from the tragic dance which was called ἐμμέλεια, and
from the Satyric dance which was called σίκιννις, (from which also the
Satyrs were called σικιννισταί,) the inventor of which was a barbarian named
Sicinnus, though some say that Sicinnus was a Cretan. Now, the dance
invented by Pylades was stately, pathetic, and laborious; but that of
Bathyllus was in a merrier style; for he added to his a kind of ode to
Apollo. But Sophocles, in addition to being eminent for personal beauty,
was very accomplished in music and dancing, having been instructed in
those arts while a boy by Lamprus, and after the naval victory of
Salamis, he having no clothes on, but only being anointed with oil,
danced round the trophy erected on that occasion to the music of the
lyre, but some say that he had his tunic on; and when he exhibited his
Thamyris he himself played the harp; and he also played at ball with
great skill when he exhibited his Nausicaa. And Socrates the Wise was
very fond of the dance Memphis; and as he was often caught dancing, as
Xenophon relates, he said to his friends that dancing was a gymnastic
exercise for every limb; for the ancients used the word ὀρχέομαι for every
sort of motion and agitation. Anacreon says--

     The fair-hair'd maids of mighty Jove
     Danced lightly in the mystic grove;

and Ion has the expression--

     This strange occurrence makes my heart to dance.

38. And Hermippus says, that Theophrastus used to come to the walks at a
regular hour, carefully and beautifully dressed; and that then he would
sit down and enter upon an argument, indulging in every sort of motion
and gesture imaginable; so that once while imitating an epicure he even
put out his tongue and licked his lips.

Those men were very careful to put on their clothes neatly; and they
ridiculed those who did not do so. Plato, in the Theætetus, speaks of "a
man who has capacity to manage everything cleverly and perfectly, but
who has no idea how to put on even proper clothes like a gentleman, and
who has no notion of the propriety of language, so as to be able to
celebrate the life of gods and men in a becoming manner." And Sappho
jests upon Andromeda:--

     Sure by some milkmaid you've been taught
     To dress, whose gown is all too short
       To reach her sturdy ancles.

And Philetærus says--

     Don't let your gown fall down too low,
     Nor pull it up too high to show
       Your legs in clownish fashion.

And Hermippus says, that Theocritus of Chios used to blame the way in
which Anaximenes used to wrap his cloak round him as a boorish style of
dressing. And Callistratus the pupil of Aristophanes, in one of his
writings, attacked Aristarchus severely for not being neatly dressed, on
the ground, that attention to those minutiæ is no trifling indication of
a man's abilities and good sense. On which account Alexis says--

     'Tis a sure sign of a degraded nature,
     To walk along the street in sloven's guise;
     Having the means of neatness: which costs nothing;
     Is subject to no tax; requires no change;
     And creditable is to him who uses it,
     And pleasant to all those who witness it.
     Who then would ever disregard this rule,
     That wishes to be thought a man of sense?

39. But Æschylus was not only the inventor of becoming and dignified
dress, which the hierophants and torch-bearers of the sacred festivals
imitated; but he also invented many figures in dancing, and taught them
to the dancers of the chorus. And Chamæleon states that he first
arranged the choruses, not using the ordinary dancing-masters, but
himself arranging the figures of the dancers for the chorus; and
altogether that he took the whole arrangement of his tragedies on
himself. And he himself acted in his own plays very fairly. And
accordingly, Aristophanes (and we may well trust the comic writers in
what they say of the tragedians) represents Æschylus himself as saying--

     I myself taught those dances to the chorus,
     Which pleased so much when erst they danced before us.

And again, he says, "I recollect that when I saw 'The Phrygians,' when
the men came on who were uniting with Priam in his petition for the
ransom of his son, some danced in this way, some in that, all at
random." Telesis, or Telestes, (whichever was his right name,) the
dancing-master, invented many figures, and taught men to use the action
of their hands, so as to give expression to what they said. Phillis the
Delian, a musician, says, that the ancient harp-players moved their
countenances but little, but their feet very much, imitating the march
of troops or the dancing of a chorus. Accordingly Aristotle says, that
Telestes the director of Æschylus's choruses was so great a master of
his art, that in managing the choruses of the Seven Generals against
Thebes, he made all the transactions plain by dancing. They say, too,
that the old poets, Thespis, Pratinas, Carcinus, and Phrynichus, were
called dancing poets, because they not only made their dramas depend
upon the dancing of the chorus, but because, besides directing the
exhibition of their own plays, they also taught dancing to all who
wished to learn. But Æschylus was often drunk when he wrote his
tragedies, if we may trust Chamæleon: and accordingly Sophocles
reproached him, saying, that even when he did what was right he did not
know that he was doing so.

40. Now the national dances are the following:--the Lacedæmonian, the
Trœzenian, the Epizephyrian, the Cretan, the Ionian, the Mantinean,
which Aristoxenus considers as the best of all, on account of its
movement of the hands. And dancing was considered so creditable an
employment, and one requiring so much talent, that Pindar calls Apollo a

     Prince of dancers, prince of grace,
     Hail, Phœbus of the silver quiver.

And Homer too, or one of the Homeridæ, in one of the hymns to Apollo,

     How deftly Phœbus strikes the golden lyre,
     While strength and grace each moving limb inspire!

and Eumelus, or Arctinus, the Corinthian, somewhere or other introduces
Jupiter himself as dancing, saying--

     And gracefully amid the dancing throng,
     The sire of gods and mortals moved along.

But Theophrastus says that Andron of Catana, a flute-player, was the
first person who invented motions of the body keeping time to music,
while he played on the flute to the dancers; from whom dancing among the
ancients was called Sicelizing. And that he was followed by Cleophantus
of Thebes. Among the dancers of reputation there was Bulbus, mentioned
by Cratinus and Callias; and Zeno the Cretan, who was in high favour
with Artaxerxes, mentioned by Ctesias. Alexander also, in his letter to
Philoxenus, mentions Theodorus and Chrysippus.

41. The Temple of the Muses is called by Timon the Phliasian, the
satiric writer, the basket, by which term he means to ridicule the
philosophers who frequent it, as if they were fattened up in a hen-coop,
like valuable birds:--

     Ægypt has its mad recluses,
       Book-bewilder'd anchorites,
     In the hen-coop of the Muses
       Keeping up their endless fights.

. . . . till these table orators got cured of their diarrhœa of words;
a pack of men, who from their itch for talking appear to me to have
forgotten the Pythian oracle, which Chamæleon quotes--

     Three weeks ere Sirius burns up the wheat,
     And three weeks after, seek the cool retreat
     Of shady house, and better your condition
     By taking Bacchus for your sole physician.

And so Mnesitheus the Athenian says that the Pythia enjoined the
Athenians to honour Bacchus the physician. But Alcæus, the Mitylenæan
poet, says--

     Steep your heart in rosy wine, for see, the dogstar is in view;
     Lest by heat and thirst oppress'd you should the season's fury rue.

And in another place he says--

     Fill me, boy, a sparkling cup;
     See, the dogstar's coming up.

And Eupolis says that Callias was compelled to drink by Protagoras, in
order that his lungs might not be melted away before the dogdays. But at
such a time I not only feel my lungs dried up, but I may almost say my
heart too. And Antiphanes says--

     _A._ Tell me, I pray you, how you life define.

     _B._ To drink full goblets of rich Chian wine.
          You see how tall and fine the forest grows
          Through which a sacred river ceaseless flows;
          While on dry soils the stately beech and oak
          Die without waiting for the woodman's stroke.

And so, says he, they, disputing about the dogstar, had plenty to drink.
Thus the word βρέχω, to moisten or soak, is often applied to drinking.
And so Antiphanes says--

     Eating much may bring on choking,
     Unless you take a turn at soaking.

And Eubulus has--

     _A._ I Sicon come with duly moisten'd clay.

     _B._ What have you drunk then?

                                    _A._ That you well may say.

42. Now the verb ἀναπίπτω, meaning _to fall back_, has properly
reference to the mind, meaning to despair, to be out of heart.
Thucydides says in his first book, "When they are defeated they are
least of all people inclined to ἀναπίπτειν." And Cratinus uses the same
expression of rowers--

     Ply your oars and bend your backs.

And Xenophon in his Œconomics says, "Why is it that rowers are not
troublesome to one another, except because they sit in regular order,
and bend forward in regular order, and (ἀναπίπτουσιν) lean back in regular
order?"--The word ἀνακεῖσθαι is properly applied to a statue, on which
account they used to laugh at those who used the word of the guests at a
feast, for whom the proper expression was κατακεῖμαι. Accordingly Diphilus
puts into the mouth of a man at a feast--

     I for a while sat down (ἀνεκείμην):

and his friend, not approving of such an expression, says, Ἀνάκεισο. And
Philippides has--

     I supped too ἀνακειμένος in his house.

And then the other speaker rejoins--

     What, was he giving a dinner to a statue?

But the word κατακεῖσθαι is used, and also κατακεκλῖσθαι, of reclining at meals:
as Xenophon and Plato prove in their essays called the Banquet. Alexis
too says--

     'Tis hard before one's supper to lie down,
     For if one does one cannot go to sleep;
     Nor give much heed to aught that may be said;
     One's thoughts being fix'd on what there'll be to eat.

Not but what the word ἀνακεῖσθαι is used in this sense, though rarely. The
satyr in Sophocles says--

     If I catch fire I'll leap with a mighty
     Spring upon Hercules, as ἀνακεῖται.

And Aristotle says, when speaking of the laws of the Tyrrhenians, "But
the Tyrrhenians sup, ἀνακειμένοι with the women under the same covering."
Theopompus also says--

     Then we the goblets fill'd with mighty wine,
     On delicate couches κατακειμένος,
     Singing in turn old songs of Telamon.

And Philonides says--

     I have been here κατακειμένος a long time.

And Euripides says in the Cyclops--

     Ἀνέπεσε (which is the same as ἀνέκειτο)
     Breathing forth long and deep and heavy breath.

And Alexis says--

     After that I bade her ἀναπεσεῖν by my side.

43. The ancients, too, used the word πάσασθαι for to taste. And so Phœnix
says to Achilles, "You would not πάσασθαι anything in any one else's house.
And in another place we find--

     When, they ἐπάσαντο the entrails:

for they only taste the entrails, so that a great multitude might have
a taste of what exists in but a small quantity. And Priam says to

     Now I have tasted food, (πασάμην.)

For it was natural for a man suffering under such calamities as his,
only just to taste food, for his grief would not permit him to go so far
as to satisfy his hunger. And therefore, he who did not touch food at
all is called "fasting," ἄπαστος. But the poet never uses the word πάσασθαι
of those who eat their fill; but in their case he uses words which
express satiety:--

     But when their minds were pleased (τάρφθεν) with wholesome food;


     When they had ceased to wish for meat and drink.

But more modern writers use the word πάσασθαι for being satisfied.
Callimachus says--

             I should like to satiate
     (πάσασθαι) myself with thyme;

and Eratosthenes--

     They roasted their game in the ashes and ate it,
     (ἐπάσαντο) at least they all did who could get it.

44. We find in the Theban bard the expression, "glueing them together as
one would glue one piece of wood to another."

Seleucus says that the expression so common in Homer, δαῖτα θάλειαν, is
the same as δίαιτα by a slight alteration of the arrangement of the
letters; for he thinks that is too violent a change to consider it as
derived from δαίσασθαι.

Carystius of Pergamos relates that the Corcyrean women sing to this day
when playing at ball. And in Homer, it is not only men who play, but
women also. And they used to play at quoits also, and at throwing the
javelin, with some grace:--

     They threw the quoit, and hurl'd the playful spear.

For any amusement takes away the feeling of ennui. And young men
prosecute hunting as a sort of practice against the dangers of war; and
there is no sort of chase which they avoid; and the consequence is that
they are more vigorous and healthy than they otherwise would be.

     As when they stand firm as unshaken towers,
     And face the foe, and pour forth darts in showers.

The men of those times were acquainted with baths also of all sorts, as
a relief from fatigue. Refreshing themselves after toil by bathing in
the sea; which of all baths is the best for the sinews; and having
relaxed the excessive strains of their muscles in the bath, they then
anointed themselves with ointment, in order to prevent their bodies from
becoming too rigid as the water evaporated. And so the men who returned
from a reconnoissance,

     Wash'd off their heat in Neptune's briny tides,
     And bathed their heads, and legs, and brawny sides.[40:1]

And then--

     They to the polish'd marble baths repair,
     Anoint with fresh perfumes their flowing hair,
     And seek the banquet hall.

There was another way, too, of refreshing themselves and getting rid of
their fatigue, by pouring water over the head:--

     Then o'er their heads and necks the cooling stream
     The handmaids pour'd;[40:2]

for baths, in which the whole body is immersed, as the water surrounds
all the pores on every side, prevents the escape of the perspiration,
just as if a sieve were thrown into the water. For then nothing goes
through the sieve, unless you lift it up out of the water, and so allow
its pores, if one may call them so, to open, and make a passage through;
as Aristotle says in his problems of natural philosophy, when he asks,
"Why do men in a perspiration, when they come into warm or cold water no
longer perspire, until they leave the bath again?"

45. Vegetables also were set before the ancient heroes when they supped.
And that they were acquainted with the use of vegetables is plain from
the expression,

     He went down to the furthest bed
     In the well-order'd garden.

And they used onions too, though they have a very disagreeable smell:--

     There was the onion, too, to season wine.

Homer represents his heroes also as fond of the fruit of trees:--

     Figs after figs grow old, pears after pears.

On which account also he calls those trees which bear fruit

     There many a beauteous tree appears--
     Pomegranates, apples, figs, and pears.

And those which are adapted for being cut down for timber he calls tall,
distinguishing the epithets which he applies to each by their respective

     There tall trees adorn the grove,
     The ash, and pine that towers above.

And the use of these trees was older than the Trojan war. And Tantalus,
even after he is dead, is not cured of his fancy for these fruits; as
the god, to punish him, waves such before his eyes (just as men lead on
irrational animals by holding branches in front of them), and then
prevents him from enjoying them, the moment he begins to entertain a
hope of doing so. And Ulysses reminds Laertes of what he gave him when
he was a child: "You gave me thirteen pears"--and so on.

46. And that they used to eat fish, Sarpedon proves plainly, when he
compares the being taken prisoner to fish caught in a large net. Yet
Eubulus, jesting in the way that the comic writers allow themselves,

     I pray you, where in Homer is the chief
     Who e'er eat fish, or anything but beef?
     And, though, so much of liberty they boasted,
     Their meat was never anything but roasted.

Nor did those heroes allow the birds the free enjoyment of the air;
setting traps and nets for thrushes and doves. And they practised the
art of taking birds, and, suspending a dove by a small string to the
mast of a ship, then shot arrows at it from a distance, as is shown in
the book describing the funeral games. But Homer passed over the use of
vegetables, and fish, and birds, lest to mention them should seem like
praising gluttony, thinking besides there would be a want of decorum in
dwelling on the preparation of such things, which he considered beneath
the dignity of gods and heroes. But that they did in reality eat their
meat boiled as well as roasted, he shows when he says--

     But as a caldron boils with melting fat
     Of well-fed pig;

and the foot of the ox which was thrown at Ulysses proves it too, for no
one ever roasts oxen's feet. And the line too--

     Then many a well-fill'd dish was duly set
     On the full board, with every kind of meat;

as this not only speaks of the variety of meats, such as birds, pigs,
kids, and beef; but it also speaks of the way in which they were dressed
as having varied, and not having been all of one kind, but carefully
arranged. So that you may see here the origin of the Sicilian and
Sybaritic and Italian ways of giving feasts, and the Chian fashion also.
For the Chians are reported not to have been less studious than the
other nations just mentioned in the art of dressing their meat. Timocles

                        The Chians
     Are splendid hands at dressing viands.

And in Homer, not only the young men, but the old men too, such as
Phœnix and Nestor, sleep with the women; and Menelaus is the only man
who has no woman allotted to him, inasmuch as he had collected the whole
expedition for the sake of his wife, who had been carried away from him.

47. Pindar praises

     Ancient wine and modern songs.

And Eubulus says--

     Inconsistent it seems for a fair one to praise
       Old wine, and to say that such never can cloy;
     But bring her a man who has seen his best days,
       And she'd rather put up with a whiskerless boy.

And Alexis says very nearly the same thing word for word; only using the
word _little_ instead of _never_. Though in reality old wine is not only
more pleasant, but also better for health; for it aids digestion more;
and being thinner it is itself more digestible; it also invigorates the
body; and makes the blood red and fluid, and produces untroubled sleep.
But Homer praises that wine most which will admit of a copious admixture
of water; as the Maronean. And old wine will allow of more water being
added to it, because its very age has added heat to it. And some men
say, that the flight of Bacchus to the sea is emblematic of the making
of wine, as it was practised long ago; because wine is very sweet when
sea-water is poured into it. And Homer praising dark-coloured wine,
often calls it αἴθοψ. For the dark-coloured wine is the strongest, and it
remains in the system of the drinkers of it longer than any other. But
Theopompus says, that black wine was first made among the Chians; and,
that the Chians were the first people who imparted the knowledge of
planting and tending vines to the rest of mankind, having learnt it from
Œnopion the son of Bacchus, who was the original colonizer of their
island. But white wine is weak and thin; but yellow wine is very
digestible, being of a more drying nature.

48. Respecting the Italian wines, Galen is represented by this sophist
as saying, that the Falernian wine is fit to drink from the time that it
is ten or fifteen years old, till it is twenty; but after that time it
falls off, and is apt to give headaches, and affects the nervous system.
There are two kinds of Falernian wine, the dry and the sweet. The sweet
wine is made when the south wind blows through the vineyard; which also
makes it darker in colour. But that which is not made at this time is
dry and yellow. Of the Alban wine there are also two kinds, one sweet
and one sour; and both are in their prime after they are fifteen years
old. The wine of Surrentum begins to be drinkable when five-and-twenty
years old; for as it has no oil of any sort in it, and is very thin, it
is a long time ripening: and when it is old it is nearly the only wine
that is wholesome to be drunk for a continuance. But the Rhegian wine,
being richer than the Surrentine, may be used as soon as it is fifteen
years old. The wine of Privernum too is very good, being thinner than
the Rhegian wine, and one which does not take much effect on the head.
And the Formian wine is like it; and is a wine which soon comes to its
prime; it is, however, a richer wine than the other. But the Trifoline
wine is slower ripening, and has a more earthy taste than the
Surrentine. The Setine is a wine of the first class, like the Falernian
wine, but lighter, and not so apt to make a man drunk. The wine of Tibur
is thin, and evaporates easily, being at its best as soon as it is ten
years old. Still it is better as it gets older. The Labican wine is
sweet and oily to the taste, being something between the Falernian and
the Alban: and you may drink that when it is ten years old. There is the
Gauran wine too, a scarce and very fine wine, and likewise very
powerful and oily; more so indeed than the wine of Præneste or of Tibur.
The Marsic is a very dry wine; and very good for the stomach. Around
Cumæ in Campania there is a wine made which is called Ulban, a light
wine, fit to be drunk when five years old. The wine of Ancona is a fine
wine, and rather oily. The Buxentine is like the Alban, as far as being
rather sour; but it is a strong wine, and good for the stomach. The
Veliternian wine is very sweet to drink and good for the stomach; but it
has this peculiarity, that it does not taste like a pure wine, but
always has an appearance as if some other was mixed with it. The
Calenian wine is light, and better for the stomach than the Falernian.
The Cæcuban is a noble wine, full of strength and easily affecting the
head; but it does not come to its prime till after many years. The
Fundan wine is strong, and nutritious, and affects the head and stomach,
on which account it is not much used at banquets. But the Sabine wine is
lighter than any of these, and is fit to be drunk from the time that it
is seven years old till it is fifteen; and the Signine wine is available
at six years old, but as it gets older it is far more valuable. The wine
of Nomentum gets in season very early, and can be drunk as soon as it is
five years old; it is not very sweet, and not very thin; but that of
Spoletum is very sweet to the taste, and has a golden colour. The wine
of Capua is in many respects like the Surrentine wine. The Barbine is
very dry and continually improving. The Caucine too is a noble wine, and
resembles the Falernian. The wine of Venafrum is good for the stomach,
and light. The Trebellian wine, which is made round Naples, is of
moderate strength, good for the stomach, and pleasant to the taste. The
Erbulian wine is at first dark coloured, but in a few years it becomes
white; and it is a very light and delicate wine. That of Marseilles is a
fine wine, but it is scarce, and thick, with a good deal of body. The
Tarentine, and all the other wines of that district, are delicate wines,
without very much strength or body, sweet, and good for the stomach. The
Mamertine is a foreign wine, made out of Italy. There is also another
wine, made in Sicily, and called Iotaline; it is a sweet wine and light,
but there is some strength in it.

Among the Indians a deity is worshipped, according to the account of
Chares of Mitylene, who is called Soroadeus; which name, as interpreted
in Greek, means Winemaker.

49. Antiphanes, that witty man, catalogues all the things which are
peculiar to each city thus:--

     Cooks come from Elis, pots from Argos,
     Corinth blankets sends in barges,
     Phlius wine, and Sicyon fish,
     While cheese is a Sicilian dish.
     Ægium sends flute-playing maids;
     Perfumers ply their dainty trades
     At Athens, under Pallas' eye;
     Bœotia sends us eels to fry.

And Hermippus says,

     Tell me, ye Muses, who th' Olympic height
     Cheer with your holy songs and presence bright;
     Tell me what blessings Bacchus gave to man,
     Since first his vessel o'er the waters ran.
     Ox-hides from Libya's coasts, and juicy kail:
     The narrow sea, still vocal with the wail
     Of lost Leander's bride, the tunny sends,
     And our first meal with kipper'd salmon mends.
     Groats come from Italy, and ribs of beef;
     While Thrace sends many a lie and many a thief.
     Still do the Spartans scratch their sides in vain,
     Mad with the itching of th' Odrysian pain.
     Then Syracuse gives cheese and well-fed pigs;
     Fair Athens olives sends, and luscious figs.
     Cursed of all islands let Corcyra be,
     Where no especial excellence we see.
     Sails come from Egypt, and this paper too;
     Incense from Syria; Crete upholds to view
     The cypress tall; and, dear to mighty Jove,
     In Paphlagonia grows the almond grove.
     The elephant sends its teeth from Afric's sands;
     Pears and fat sheep grow on Eubœa's lands;
     Rhodes sends us raisins, and beguiles the night
     With figs that make our dreams and slumbers light;
     From Phrygia slaves, allies from Arca's land;
     The Pagasæan ports their hirelings brand;
     Phœnicia sends us dates across the billows,
     And Carthage, carpets rich, and well-stuff'd pillows.

50. Pindar too, in the Pythian ode addressed to Hiero, says,

         Give me the noble Spartan hound
     With whose deep voice Eurotas' banks resound;
         While the dark rocks
     Of Scyrus give the choicest flocks
       Of milky goats; and, prompt at war's alarms,
         Brave Argos burnishes the well-proved arms,
           The Sicels build the rapid car,
     And the fierce Thebans urge the chariot to the war.[46:1]

Critias tells us--

     Know ye the land of the fair Proserpine,
     Where the cottabus splashes the ominous wine;
     Where the lightest and handsomest cars . . . .

            *       *       *       *       *

     And what can for tired limbs compare
     With the soft and yielding Thessalian chair?
     But no town with Miletus vies
     In the bridal bed's rich canopies.
     But none the golden bowl can chase,
     Or give to brass such varied grace,
     As that renowned hardy race
       That dwells by Arno's tide;
     Phœnicia, mother of the arts,
     Letters to learned men imparts;
       Thebes scaled the mountain's side,
     Bade the tough ash its trunk to yield,
     And fill'd with cars the battle-field;
     While Carians, masters of the seas,
     First launch'd the boat to woo the breeze.
     Offspring of clay and furnace bright,
     The choicest porcelain clear and light
     Boasts, as its birth-place, of the towers
     Which Neptune's and Minerva's powers
       From ills and dangers shield;
     Which beat back war's barbaric wave
     When Mede and Persian found a grave
       In Marathon's undying field.

And indeed the pottery of Attica is deservedly praised. But Eubulus
says, "Cnidian pots, Sicilian platters, and Megarian jars." And
Antiphanes enumerates "mustard, and also scammony juice from Cyprus;
cardamums from Miletus; onions from Samothrace; cabbages, kail, and
assafœtida from Carthage; thyme from Hymettus, and marjoram from

51. The Persian king used to drink no other wine but that called the
Chalybonian, which Posidonius says is made in Damascus of Syria, from
vines which were planted there by the Persians; and at Issa, which is an
island in the Adriatic, Agatharchides says that wine is made which is
superior to every other wine whatever. The Chian and Thasian wines are
mentioned by Epilycus; who says that "the Chian and the Thasian wine
must be strained." And also,--

       For all the ills that men endure,
       Thasian is a certain cure;
       For any head or stomach ache,
       Thasian wine I always take,
     And think it, as I home am reeling,
     A present from the God of healing.

Clearchus speaks of "Lesbian wine, which Maro himself appears to me to
have been the maker of."

And Alexis says--

                All wise men think
     The Lesbian is the nicest wine to drink.

And again he says--

     His whole thoughts every day incline
     To drink what rich and rosy wine
     From Thasos and from Lesbos comes,
     And dainty cakes and sugarplums.

And again--

     Hail, O Bacchus, ever dear,
     You who from Lesbos drove dull care
       With sparkling rosy wine;
     He who would give one glass away,
     Too vile on cheerful earth to stay,
       Shall be no friend of mine.

And Ephippus sings--

     Oh how luscious, oh how fine
     Is the Pramnian Lesbian wine!
     All who 're brave, and all who 're wise,
     Much the wine of Lesbos prize.

And Antiphanes--

     There is good meat, and plenteous dainty cheer;
     And Thasian wine, perfumes, and garlands here;
     Venus loves comfort; but where folks are poor,
     The merry goddess ever shuns their door.

And Eubulus--

     In Thasian wine or Chian soak your throttle,
     Or take of Lesbian an old cobwebb'd bottle.

He speaks too of Psithian wine--

     Give me some Psithian nectar, rich and neat,
     To cool my thirst, and quench the burning heat.

And Anaxandrides mentions "a jar full of Psithian wine."

52. Thesmophorius of Trœzene entitles the second Θεσμοφοριάζουσαι of
Aristophanes Θεσμοφοριάσασαι. In that play the poet speaks of Peparethian

     Shun, my boy, the Pramnian cup,
     Nor Thasian drink, nor Chian sup;
     Nor let your glass with Peparethian brighten--
     For bachelors that liquor's too exciting.

Eubulus says--

                 As sweet as
     Wine from Leucas or Miletus.

Archestratus, the author of "The Art of giving a Banquet," says,--

     When a libation to the gods you make,
       Let your wine worthy be, and ripe and old;
     Whose hoary locks droop o'er his purple lake,
       Such as in Lesbos' sea-girt isle is sold.
     Phœnicia doth a generous liquor bear,
       But still the Lesbian I would rather quaff;
     For though through age the former rich appear,
       You'll find its fragrance will with use go off.

     But Lesbian is the true ambrosial juice,
       And so the gods, whose home's Olympus, think it;
     And if some rather the Phœnician choose,
       Let them, as long as they don't make you drink it.

     The Thasian isle, too, noble wine doth grow,
       When passing years have made its flavour mellow,
     And other places too; still all I know
       Is that the Lesbian liquor has no fellow.

     I need not stop to tell you all the names
       Of towns which in the generous contest vie,
     Each for itself the vict'ry hotly claims;
       But still the Lesbian wine beats all, say I.

53. Ephippus, too, mentions the Phœnician wine, saying, "Nuts,
pomegranates, dates, and other sweetmeats, and small casks of
Phœnician wine." And again,--

     A cask of good Phœnician wine was tapp'd.

Xenophon, too, mentions it in his Anabasis. The Mendæan wine is
mentioned by Cratinus:--

     When a man tastes Mendæan wine,
     How rich, says he, how sweet, how fine!
     I wonder where it can be bought, or
     What's the right quantity of water.

And Hermippus somewhere introduces Bacchus as mentioning several
different kinds of wine:--

     Mendæan wine such as the gods distil,
     And sweet Magnesian, cures for every ill,
     And Thasian, redolent of mild perfume;
     But of them all the most inviting bloom
     Mantles above old Homer's Chian glass;
     That wine doth all its rivals far surpass.
     There is a wine, which Saprian they call,
     Soon as the seals from whose rich hogshead fall,
     Violets and roses mix their lovely scent,
     And hyacinths, in one rich fragrance blent;
     You might believe Jove's nectar sparkled there,
     With such ambrosial odour reeks the air.
     This is the wine I'll to my friends disclose;
     The Peparethian trash may suit my foes.

And Phanias the Eresian poet says that the Mendæans are in the habit of
syringing the grapes with opening medicine, even while still on the
vine; and that this makes the wine soft.

54. Themistocles received from the king of Persia Lampsacus, to supply
him with wine; Magnesia, for bread; Myus, for meat; and Percope and
Palæscepsis were to provide him with bedclothes and garments. The king
moreover enjoined him to wear a cloak such as is worn by the barbarians,
as he had previously bade Demaratus do; and he gave him the same
presents as he had formerly given to Demaratus, and added also a robe
such as is worn by the sons-in-law of the king, on condition of his
never reassuming the Greek attire. And Cyrus the Great gave Pytharchus
of Cyzicus, being a friend of his, seven cities, as is related by
Agathocles of Babylon; namely, Pedasus, and Olympius, and Cama, and
Tium, and Sceptra, and Artypsus, and Tortyra. But he, being made
insolent and having his head turned by this liberality, attempted to
make himself tyrant of his country, and collected an army for that
purpose. On which the people of Cyzicus went out to battle against him,
and attacked him eagerly, and so preserved their liberties.

Among the people of Lampsacus Priapus is held in high honour, being the
same as Bacchus, and having this name Priapus only as an epithet, just
as Thriambus and Dithyrambus are.

The Mitylenæans have a sweet wine which they call πρόδρομος, and others
call it πρότροπος.

55. The Icarian wine, too, is held in high estimation, as Amphis

     Thurium gives the olive juice,
     Lentils Gela's fields produce;
     Icarian wine well merits praise,
     And figs which the Cimolians raise.

The Pramnian wine, too, according to Eparchides, is produced in Icarus.
It is a peculiar kind of wine; and it is neither sweet nor thick, but
dry and hard, and of extraordinary strength; and Aristophanes says that
the Athenians did not like it, for that "the Athenian people did not
like hard and sour poets, nor hard Pramnian wines, which contract the
eyebrows and the stomach; but they prefer a fragrant wine, ripe, and
flavoured like nectar." For Semus says that there is in Icarus a rock
called the Pramnian rock; and near it is a great mountain, from which
the Pramnian wine has its name, and some call it a medicinal wine. Now
Icarus used formerly to be called the Fishy Icarus, from the number of
fish around it; just as the Echinades had their name from the
sea-urchins, and the promontory Sepias from the number of cuttle-fish
which are taken near it. And in like manner the Lagussæ islands are so
called from λαγὼς, a hare, as being full of hares. And other islands
are called Phycussæ, and Lopadussæ, for similar reasons. And according
to Eparchides, the vine which produces the Icarian Pramnian wine, is
called by the strangers the Holy vine, and by the people of Œnoe the
Dionysiac vine. And Œnoe is a city in the island.

But Didymus says that the Pramnian wine comes from a vine called
Pramnian; and some say that the name means merely dark-coloured. But
others affirm that it is a generic name for wine suitable for long
keeping, as being παραμένιος, that is to say, _such as can be kept_. And
some say that it is so called from πραΰνειν τὸ μένος, _mollifying anger_,
because those who drink it become good-humoured.

56. Amphis praises also the wine which comes from the city of Acanthus,

     _A._ Whence do you come, friend? speak.

     _B._ From Acanthus I.

                           _A._ Acanthus? then I trow,
          Since you're a countryman of wine so strong,
          You must be fierce yourself;
          Your country's name is thorny,[50:1] but I hope
          Your manners are not quite so rough and prickly.

And Alexis mentions Corinthian wine as a harsh wine--

     And foreign wine was there; for that from Corinth
     Is painful drinking.

He speaks, too, of wine from Eubœa--

     Drinking deep draughts of harsh Eubœan wine.

The Naxian wine is compared by Archilochus to nectar. And he says in
some one of his poems--

     My spear finds corn, my spear finds wine,
     From Ismarus; on my spear I dine,
     And on it, when fatigued, recline.

But Strattis praises the wine of Sciathus--

     The black Sciathian wine mix'd half and half,
     Invites the traveller to halt and quaff.

And Achæus praises the Bibline wine--

     He pledged him in a cup of Bibline wine.

While it has its name from some district which is called by a similar
appellation. And Philyllius says,--

     I'll give you Lesbian, Chian wine,
     Thasian, Mendæan, and Bibline;
     Sweet wines, but none so strong and heady
     As that you shall next day feel seedy.

But Epicharmus says that it is named from some mountains of a similar
name. And Armenidas says that there is a district of Thrace called the
Biblian, the same which was afterwards called Tisara, and Œsyma. And
it was very natural for Thrace to be admired as a country producing fine
wines; and indeed all the adjacent country deserves the same character.

     Full of rich wine the ships from Lemnos came.

But Hippias the Rhegian says that the wine called _the creeper_ was also
called Biblian; and that Pollis the Argive, who was king of Syracuse,
was the first person who brought it to Syracuse from Italy. And if that
be true, probably the sweet wine which among the Sicilians is called
Pollian, is the same as the Bibline wine. There is an ancient oracle:--

     Drink wine where lees abound, since Fate has not
     Placed you amid Anthedon's flowery plains,
     Or in the streets of sacred Hypera,
     Where purer wine abounds.

And there was a vine among the people of Trœzene, (as Aristotle says,
in his book on their polity,) called Anthedonian, and another called
Hyperian; from men of the name of Anthus and Hyperus, just as the
Althephian vine is named after a man of the name of Althephias, one of
the descendants of Alpheus.

57. Alcman somewhere speaks of a wine as free from fire, and smelling of
flowers, which is produced from the Five Hills, a place about seven
furlongs from Sparta. And he mentions another wine which comes from
Denthiades, a small fortress, and another from Oenus, and another from
Onoglæ and Stathmi. And these places are all near Pitane. Accordingly,
he says, "And wine from Oenus, or from Denthis, or from Carystus, or
from Onoglæ, or from Stathmi." The Carystian wine is that which comes
from Carystus in Laconia, on the borders of Arcadia. And he calls it
"free from fire," as not having been boiled; for they often used boiled
wines. Polybius says that there was an admirable wine made at Capua;
which was called ἀναδενδρίτης, to which no other wine was at all
comparable. But Alciphron of the Mæander says, that there was a mountain
village near the Ephesian territories, which was formerly called
Latona's, but is now called Latorea, from Latorea the Amazon; and that
there also Pramnian wine is made. Timachidas the Rhodian calls a wine
made at Rhodes ὑπόχυτος, or _the adulterated wine_, being near akin to
sweet wine. But that wine is called γλύξις which goes through no process of

There is also a Rhodian wine, which Polyzelus calls αὐτίτης:[52:1] and
another which Plato the comic writer calls καπνίας;[52:2] and this wine is
made in the greatest perfection at Beneventum, a city in Italy. But the
wine Amphis is spoken of as a very poor wine by Sosicrates. The ancients
used also a certain wine made of spices, which they called τρίμμα. But
Theophrastus, in his History of Plants, says, that a wine is made in
Heræa in Arcadia which, when it is drunk, drives men out of their
senses, and makes women inclined to pregnancy: and that around Cerunia
in Achaia there is a kind of vine, from which a wine is made which has a
tendency to cause abortion in pregnant women; and if they eat the grapes
too, says he, they miscarry;--and the Trœzenian wine, he says, makes
those who drink it barren: and at Thasos, says he, they make a wine
which produces sleep, and another which causes those who drink it to
keep awake.

58. But concerning the manufacture of scented wine, Phanias of Eresus
says, "There is infused into the wine one portion of sea-water to fifty
of wine, and that becomes scented wine." And again he says, "Scented
wine is made stronger of young than of old vines;" and he subjoins,
"Having trodden on the unripe grapes they put the wine away, and it
becomes scented." But Theophrastus says, that "the wine at Thasos, which
is given in the prytaneum, is wonderfully delicious; for it is well
seasoned; for they knead up dough with honey, and put that into the
earthen jars; so that the wine receives fragrance from itself, and
sweetness from the honey." And he proceeds to say, "If any one mixes
harsh wine which has no smell with soft and fragrant wine, such, for
instance, as the Heraclean wine with that of Erythræ, softness is
derived from the one, and wholesomeness from the other." And the Myrtite
or Myrrhine wine is spoken of by Posidippus:--

     A tasteless, dry, and foolish wine
     I consider the myrrhine.

Hermes, too, is mentioned by Strattis as the name of a drink. And
Chæreas says, that a wine is made in Babylon which is called nectar.

The bard of Ceos says--

     'Tis not enough to mix your wine with taste,
     Unless sweet converse seasons the repast;
     And Bacchus' gifts well such regard deserve,
     That we should e'en the stones of grapes preserve.

59. Now of wines some are white, some yellow, and some red. The white is
the thinnest in its nature, diuretic, and warm; and being a promoter of
digestion it causes a heat in the head; for it is a wine which has a
tendency to move upwards. But of red wine that which is not sweet is
very nutritious, and is astringent; but that which is sweet (as is the
case with even white and yellow wine also) is the most nutritious of
all: for it softens all the ducts and passages, and thickens the fluid
parts of the body, and does not at all confuse the head. For in reality
the nature of sweet wine lingers about the ribs, and engenders spittle,
as Diocles and Praxagoras assert. But Mnesitheus the Athenian says, "Red
wine is the most nutritious; but white is the most diuretic and the
thinnest; and the yellow is a dry wine, and that which most assists in
the digestion of the food."

Now the wines which have been very carefully prepared with sea-water
never cause headaches; and they open the bowels, and sometimes gripe the
stomach, and produce flatulency, and assist in the digestion of food. Of
this character is the Myndian wine, and that of Halicarnassus. And so
Menippus the Cynic calls Myndus "brine-drinking." The Coan wine too has
a good deal of sea-water in it. The Rhodian has not so much sea-water;
but a great deal of that wine is good for nothing. Wine made in the
islands is very good to drink, and not at all ill-calculated for daily
use. But Cnidian wine makes blood, is nutritious, and keeps the bowels
in a healthy state; though if it is drunk in great quantities it relaxes
the stomach. The Lesbian wine is less astringent, and more diuretic. But
the Chian is a nicer wine; and of all the Chian wine, that called the
Aryusian is the best. And of this there are three varieties: for there
is a dry kind, and a sweet kind; and that the flavour of which is
between the two is called _autocratic_, that is, self-mixed. Now the dry
kind is pleasant to the taste, nutritious, and more diuretic than the
others; but the sweet kind is nutritious, filling, and apt to soften the
bowels. The autocratic wine in its effects also is something between the
two. But, generally speaking, the Chian wine is digestible, nutritious,
a producer of good blood, mild, and filling, inasmuch as it has a great
deal of body. But the nicest of all wines are the Alban and Falernian
wines of Italy; but these, if they have been kept a length of time and
are old, acquire a medicinal effect, and rapidly produce a sensation of
heaviness. But the wine called Adrian relieves any oppression of the
breath, is very digestible, and wholly free from all unpleasant
consequences; but these wines require to be made with rapidity, and then
to be set in an open place, so as to allow the thicker portions of their
body to evaporate. But the best wine to keep a length of time is the
Corcyrean. The Zacynthian and Leucadian wines also are apt to be bad for
the head, because they contain chalk. There is a wine from Cilicia,
called Abates, which has no effect except that of relaxing the bowels.
But hard water, such as that from springs, or from rain if it is
filtered, and has stood some time, agrees very well with Coan and
Myndian and Halicarnassian wine, and indeed with every wine which has
plenty of salt-water in it. And accordingly these wines are of the
greatest use at Athens and Sicyon, because the waters in those cities
are harsh. But for those wines which have no sea-water, and which are of
a more astringent nature, especially for the Chian and Lesbian wine, the
purest water is the most suitable.

     Oh thou my tongue, whom silence long hath bound,
     How wilt thou bear this tale of thine t' unfold?
     Hard is their fate to whom compulsion stern
     Leaves no alternative; which now compels thee
     To open what thy lord would fain conceal.

These are the words of Sophocles.

60. The Mareotic wine, which comes from Alexandria, had its name from a
fountain in the district of Alexandria called Marea; and from a town of
the same name which was close to it; which was formerly a place of great
importance, but is now reduced to a petty village. And the fountain and
town derived their name from Maro, who was one of the companions of
Bacchus in his expedition. And there are many vines in that country,
which produce grapes very good to eat when raw, and the wine which is
made from them is excellent. For it is white, and sweet, and good for
the breath, and digestible, and then, it never produces any ill effect
on the head, and is diuretic. And still better than this is the wine
called Tæniotic. The word ταινία means a riband; and there is in that
district a long narrow riband of land, the wines produced from which are
of a slightly green colour, with something oily in them, which is
quickly dissolved when it is mixed with water; just as the Attic honey
is dissolved by the same process. This Tæniotic wine, in addition to
being sweet, has something aromatic in it, of a slightly astringent
character. But there are vines near the Nile in great quantities as far
as the river extends; and there are many peculiarities in those vines,
both as to their colour and as to their use. However, the best of all
the wines made in that district is that made near the city of Antylla
(which is not far from Alexandria), the revenues from which the kings of
those ages, both the Egyptian and Persian kings, used to give to their
wives for pin-money. But the wine which is made in the Thebais,
especially that near the city Coptos, is light, and easy of digestion,
and also so great an assistant in the digestion of the rest of one's
food, that it is given to people in fevers without injury.

     You praise yourself, as does Astydamas, woman!

(Astydamas was a tragic poet.)

61. Theopompus the Chian says, that the vine is found at Olympia, near
the Alpheus; and that there is a place about eight furlongs from Elis
where the natives at the time of the Dionysian games close up three
empty brazen vessels, and seal them in the presence of all the people
round about; and at a subsequent time they open them and find them full
of wine. But Hellanicus says, that the vine was first discovered in
Plinthina, a city of Egypt; on which account Dion, the academic
philosopher, calls the Egyptians fond of wine and fond of drinking: and
also, that as subsidiary to wine, in the case of those who, on account
of their poverty, could not get wine, there was introduced a custom of
drinking beer made of barley; and moreover, that those who drank this
beer were so pleased with it that they sung and danced, and did
everything like men drunk with wine. Now Aristotle says, that men who
are drunk with wine show it in their faces; but that those who have
drunk too much beer fall back and go to sleep; for wine is stimulating,
but beer has a tendency to stupefy.

62. Now that the Egyptians really are fond of wine this is a proof, that
they are the only people among whom it is a custom at their feasts to
eat boiled cabbages before all the rest of their food; and even to this
very time they do so. And many people add cabbage seed to potions which
they prepare as preventives against drunkenness. And wherever a vineyard
has cabbages growing in it, there the wine is weaker. On which account
the citizens of Sybaris also, as Timæus says, used to eat cabbages
before drinking. And so Alexis says--

     Last evening you were drinking deep,
     So now your head aches. Go to sleep;
     Take some boil'd cabbage when you wake;
     And there's an end of your headache.

And Eubulus says, somewhere or other--

     Wife, quick! some cabbage boil, of virtues healing,
     That I may rid me of this seedy feeling.

For the ancients used to call cabbage ῥάφανος. And so Apollodorus of
Carystus expressly says--

     We call it ῥάφανος, and strangers κράμβη;
     But sure to women they must both the same be.

And Anaxandrides says--

     If you butter and cabbage eat,
     All distempers you will beat,
     Driving off all headaches horrid,
     And clouds which hover round your forehead.

And Nicochares says--

     Instead of cabbage, acorns boil to-morrow,
     Which equally rid you of all your sorrow.

And Amphis tells us--

     When one's been drunk, the best relief I know
     Is stern misfortune's unexpected blow;
     For that at once all languor will dispel,
     As sure as cabbage.

And Theophrastus also speaks of the effect which the cabbage produces,
saying that the vine as long as it lives always turns away from the
smell of cabbage.


[1:1] We have adopted the conventional title, "Banquet of the Learned;"
but it may, perhaps, be more accurate to translate it, "The Contrivers
of Feasts." _Vide_ Smith's Biographical Dictionary, _voc._ Athenæus.

[3:1] Callimachus.

[3:2] Marcus Aurelius.

[4:1] Asteropæus was one of the Trojan heroes who endeavoured to fight
Achilles, being armed with two spears.

[4:2] Pindar. Ol. i. 22.--See Moore's translation.

[7:1] Epicharmus.

[8:1] There is a pun here that is untranslateable. Δάκτυλος is a finger;
but the Δάκτυλοι Ἰδαῖοι were also priests of Cybele in Crete, and are the
people to whom the discovery of iron, and the art of working it by fire,
is ascribed.

[9:1] φίλιχθυς, fond of fish.

[9:2] φιλόδειπνος, fond of feasting.

[13:1] Odyss. iv. 54. The poetical translations are from the
corresponding passages in Pope's Homer.

[13:2] Ib. iv. 65.

[14:1] Iliad, xxiv. 262.

[15:1] Iliad, i. 469.

[15:2] Ib. xi. 629.

[16:1] Iliad, xxii. 427.

[16:2] Odyss. ii. 340.

[16:3] Ib. xxi. 293.

[17:1] Odyss. xv. 499.

[17:2] Iliad, xxiv. 124.

[18:1] _Vide_ Liddell and Scott, _in voc._, who say, "In Homer it is
taken at sunrise; and so Æsch. Ag. 331, later _breakfast_ was called
ἀκράτισμα, and then ἄριστον was the midday meal, our _luncheon_, the Roman
_prandium_, as may be seen from Theoc. iv. 90-7, 8;" and 25: translate
ἑσπέρισμα supper, and ἐπιδορπὶς a second course of sweetmeats.

[18:2] Odyss. xvii. 599. This word is found nowhere else; waiting till
evening, Buttman Lexic. s. v. δείλη, 12, explains it, having taken an
afternoon meal.--L. & S. _v._ Call. Fr. 190.

[19:1] Odyss. viii. 98.

[19:2] Iliad, ix. 225.

[20:1] The real reading is Οἰωνοῖσί τε πῦσι, Iliad, i. 5. "He made them the
prey of dogs and of all birds."

[20:2] Odyss. xii. 322.

[21:1] Iliad, xvi. 745.

[21:2] Odyss. vii. 70.

[21:3] Iliad, i. 471.

[21:4] Odyss. vii. 179.

[21:5] Il. iv. 65.

[22:1] Iliad, iv. 3.

[22:2] Odyss. iv. 18.

[23:1] Odyss. vii. 481.

[23:2] Ib. xii. 191.

[25:1] "ὑπόρχημα, a hyporcheme or choral hymn to Apollo, near akin to
the Pæan. It was of a very lively character, accompanied with dancing
(whence the name) and pantomimic action; and is compared by Athenæus
to the κόρδαξ (630 E). Pindar's Fragments, 71-82, are remains of
hyporchemes."--Liddell & Scott, in voc. ὑπόρχημα.

[26:1] That is to say, in the eighteenth book of the Iliad, which
relates the making of the arms for Achilles by Vulcan.

[27:1] Odyss. ix. 7.

[28:1] Iliad, xiv. 173.

[28:2] Schweighauser says here that the text of this fragment of Eupolis
is corrupt, and the sense and metre undiscoverable.

[29:1] The Ninth Book.

[30:1] Odyss. xviii. 191.

[30:2] Ib. x. 195.

[30:3] Iliad, xiii. 736.

[32:1] This is a pun which, cannot be rendered in English, καταλλάσσομαι
meaning to be changed, of money; and to be reconciled, of enemies.

[40:1] Iliad, x. 572.

[40:2] Odyss. x. 362.

[46:1] This is no part of Pyth. 1 or 2, but a fragment of another ode.

[50:1] Ἄκανθα is Greek for a thorn.

[52:1] Αἰτίτης, by itself, _i.e._ unmixed.

[52:2] Καπνίας, _i.e._ smoky.


1. The conversation which you reported to me did not allow me to give up
a considerable portion of the day to sleep, as it was of a very varied

Nicander of Colophon says that wine, οἶνος, has its name from Œneus:--

     Œneus pour'd the juice divine
     In hollow cups, and call'd it wine.

And Melanippides of Melos says--

     'Twas Œneus, master, gave his name to wine.

But Hecatæus of Miletus says, that the vine was discovered in Ætolia;
and adds, "Orestheus, the son of Deucalion, came to Ætolia to endeavour
to obtain the kingdom; and while he was there, a bitch which he had
brought forth a stalk: and he ordered it to be buried in the ground, and
from it there sprang up a vine loaded with grapes. On which account he
called his son Phytius. And he had a son named Œneus, who was so
called from the vines: for the ancient Greeks," says he, "called vines
οἶναι. Now Œneus was the father of Ætolus." But Plato in his Cratylus,
inquiring into the etymology of the word oἶnos, says, that it is
equivalent to οἰόνους, as filling the mind, νοῦς, with ὄιησις, or self-conceit.
Perhaps, however, the word may be derived from ὄνησις, succour. For Homer,
giving as it were the derivation of the word, speaks nearly after this

     And then you will be succour'd (ὀνήσεαι) if you drink.

And he too constantly calls food ὀνείατα, because it supports us.

2. Now the author of the Cyprian poems, whoever he was, says--

     No better remedies than wine there are,
     O king, to drive away soul-eating care.

And Diphilus the comic poet says--

     O Bacchus, to all wise men dear,
     How very kind you do appear;
     You make the lowly-hearted proud,
     And bid the gloomy laugh aloud;
     You fill the feeble man with daring,
     And cowards strut and bray past bearing.

And Philoxenus of Cythera says--

     Good store of wine which makes men talk.

But Chæremon the tragedian says, that wine inspires those who use it

     Laughter and wisdom and prudence and learning.

And Ion of Chios calls wine

     Youth of indomitable might,
     With head of bull; the loveliest wight
     Who ever rank'd as Love's esquire,
     Filling men with strength and fire.

And Mensitheus says--

     Great was the blessing, when the gods did show
     Sweet wine to those who how to use it know;
     But where bad men its righteous use pervert,
     To such, I trow, it will be rather hurt.
     For to the first it nourishment supplies,
     Strengthens their bodies, and their minds makes wise;
     A wholesome physic 'tis when mix'd with potions,
     Heals wounds as well as plasters or cold lotions.
     Wine to our daily feasts brings cheerful laughter,
     When mix'd with proper quantities of water;
     Men saucy get if one-third wine they quaff;
     While downright madness flows from half-and-half;
     And neat wine mind and body too destroys;
     While moderation wise secures our joys.
     And well the oracle takes this position,
     That Bacchus is all people's best physician.

3. And Eubulus introduces Bacchus as saying--

     Let them three parts of wine all duly season
     With nine of water, who'd preserve their reason;
     The first gives health, the second sweet desires,
     The third tranquillity and sleep inspires.
     These are the wholesome draughts which wise men please,
     Who from the banquet home return in peace.
     From a fourth measure insolence proceeds;
     Uproar a fifth, a sixth wild licence breeds;
     A seventh brings black eyes and livid bruises,
     The eighth the constable next introduces;
     Black gall and hatred lurk the ninth beneath,
     The tenth is madness, arms, and fearful death;
     For too much wine pour'd in one little vessel,
     Trips up all those who seek with it to wrestle.

And Epicharmus says--

     _A._ Sacrifices feasts produce,
          Drinking then from feasts proceeds.

     _B._ Such rotation has its use.

     _A._ Then the drinking riot breeds;
          Then on riot and confusion
          Follow law and prosecution;
          Law brings sentence; sentence chains;
          Chains bring wounds and ulcerous pains.

And Panyasis the epic poet allots the first cup of wine to the Graces,
the Hours, and Bacchus; the second to Venus, and again to Bacchus; the
third to Insolence and Destruction. And so he says--

     O'er the first glass the Graces three preside,
     And with the smiling Hours the palm divide;
     Next Bacchus, parent of the sacred vine,
     And Venus, loveliest daughter of the brine,
     Smile on the second cup, which cheers the heart,
     And bids the drinker home in peace depart.
     But the third cup is waste and sad excess,
     Parent of wrongs, denier of redress;
     Oh, who can tell what evils may befall
     When Strife and Insult rage throughout the hall?
     Content thee, then, my friend, with glasses twain;
     Then to your home and tender wife again;
     While your companions, with unaching heads,
     By your example taught, will seek their beds.
     But riot will be bred by too much wine,
     A mournful ending for a feast divine;
     While, then, you live, your thirst in bounds confine.

And a few lines afterwards he says of immoderate drinking--

     For Insolence and Ruin follow it.

According to Euripides,

     Drinking is sire of blows and violence.

From which some have said that the pedigree of Bacchus and of Insolence
were the same.

4. And Alexis says somewhere--

     Man's nature doth in much resemble wine:
     For young men and new wine do both need age
     To ripen their too warm unseason'd strength,
     And let their violence evaporate.
     But when the grosser portions are worked off,
     And all the froth is skimm'd, then both are good;
     The wine is drinkable, the man is wise,
     And both in future pleasant while they last.

And according to the bard of Cyrene--

     Wine is like fire when 'tis to man applied,
     Or like the storm that sweeps the Libyan tide;
     The furious wind the lowest depths can reach,
     And wine robs man of knowledge, sense, and speech.

But in some other place Alexis says the contrary to what I have just

     _A._ Man in no one respect resembles wine:
          For man by age is made intolerable;
          But age improves all wine.

                                     _B._ Yes; for old wines cheer us,
          But old men only snarl, abuse, and jeer us.

And Panyasis says--

     Wine is like fire, an aid and sweet relief,
     Wards off all ills, and comforts every grief;
     Wine can of every feast the joys enhance,
     It kindles soft desire, it leads the dance.
     Think not then, childlike, much of solid food,
     But stick to wine, the only real good.

And again--

     Good wine's the gift which God has given
     To man alone beneath the heaven;
     Of dance and song the genial sire,
     Of friendship gay and soft desire;
     Yet rule it with a tighten'd rein,
     Nor moderate wisdom's rules disdain;
     For when uncheck'd there's nought runs faster,--
     A useful slave, but cruel master.

5. Timæus of Tauromenium relates that there was a certain house at
Agrigentum called the Trireme, on this account:--Some young men got
drunk in it, and got so mad when excited by the wine, as to think that
they were sailing in a trireme, and that they were being tossed about on
the sea in a violent storm; and so completely did they lose their
senses, that they threw all the furniture, and all the sofas and chairs
and beds, out of window, as if they were throwing them into the sea,
fancying that the captain had ordered them to lighten the ship because
of the storm. And though a crowd collected round the house and began to
plunder what was thrown out, even that did not cure the young men of
their frenzy. And the next day, when the prætors came to the house,
there were the young men still lying, sea-sick as they said; and, when
the magistrates questioned them, they replied that they had been in
great danger from a storm, and had consequently been compelled to
lighten the ship by throwing all their superfluous cargo into the sea.
And while the magistrates marvelled at the bewilderment of the men, one
of them, who seemed to be older than the rest, said, "I, O Tritons, was
so frightened that I threw myself down under the benches, and lay there
as low down and as much out of sight as I could." And the magistrates
forgave their folly, and dismissed them with a reproof, and a warning
not to indulge in too much wine in future. And they, professing to be
much obliged to them, said, "If we arrive in port after having escaped
this terrible storm, we will erect in our own country statues of you as
our saviours in a conspicuous place, along with those of the other gods
of the sea, as having appeared to us at a seasonable time." And from
this circumstance that house was called the Trireme.

6. But Philochorus says that men who drink hard do not only show what
sort of disposition they themselves are of, but do also reveal in their
chattering the characters of every one else whom they know. Whence comes
the proverb,

     Wine and truth;[62:1]

and the sentence,

     Wine lays bare the heart of man.

And so in the contests of Bacchus the prize of victory is a tripod: and
we have a proverb of those who speak truth, that "they are speaking from
the tripod;" in which the tripod meant is the cup of Bacchus. For there
were among the ancients two kinds of tripods, each of which, as it
happened, bore the name of λέβης, or _bowl_; one, which was used to be
put on the fire, being a sort of kettle for bathing, as Æschylus says--

     They pour'd the water in a three-legg'd bowl,
     Which always has its place upon the fire:

and the other is what is also called κρατὴρ, a _goblet_. Homer says--

     And seven fireless tripods.

And in these last they mixed wine; and it is this last tripod that is
the tripod of truth; and it is considered appropriate to Apollo, because
of the truth of his prophetic art; and to Bacchus, because of the truth
which people speak when drunk. And Semus the Delian says--"A brazen
tripod, not the Pythian one, but that which they now call a bowl. And of
these bowls some were never put on the fire, and men mixed their wine in
them; and the others held water for baths, and in them they warmed the
water, putting them on the fire; and of these some had ears, and having
their bottom supported by three feet they were called tripods."

Ephippus says somewhere or other--

     _A._ That load of wine makes you a chatterer.

     _B._ That's why they say that drunken men speak truth.

And Antiphanes writes--

     There are only two secrets a man cannot keep,
     One when he's in love, t' other when he's drunk deep:
     For these facts are so proved by his tongue or his eyes,
     That we see it more plainly the more he denies.

7. And Philochorus relates that Amphictyon, the king of the Athenians,
having learnt of Bacchus the art of mixing wine, was the first man who
ever did mix it: and that it is owing to him that men who have been
drinking on his system can walk straight afterwards, when before they
used to blunder about after drinking sheer wine: and on this account he
erected an altar to the Straight Bacchus in the temple of the Seasons;
for they are the Nymphs who cherish the fruit of the vine. And near it
he built also an altar to the Nymphs, as a memorial to all who use mixed
drink; for the Nymphs are said to have been the nurses of Bacchus. And
he made a law to bring an unmixed wine after meals only just enough to
taste, as a token of the power of the Good Deity. But the rest of the
wine was put on the table ready mixed, in whatever quantity any one
chose. And then he enjoined the guests to invoke in addition the name of
Jupiter the Saviour, for the sake of instructing and reminding the
drinkers that by drinking in that fashion they would be preserved from
injury. But Plato, in his second book of the Laws, says that the use of
wine is to be encouraged for the sake of health. But on account of the
look which habitual drunkards get, they liken Bacchus to a bull; and to
a leopard, because he excites drunkards to acts of violence. And Alcæus

     Wine sometimes than honey sweeter,
     Sometimes more than nettles bitter.

Some men, too, are apt to get in a rage when drunk; and they are like a
bull. Euripides says--

     Fierce bulls, their passion with their horns displaying.

And some men, from their quarrelsome disposition when drunk, are like
wild beasts, on which account it is that Bacchus is likened to a

8. Well was it then that Ariston the Chian said that that was the most
agreeable drink which partook at the same time of both sweetness and
fragrance; for which reason some people prepare what is called nectar
about the Olympus which is in Lydia, mixing wine and honeycombs and the
most fragrant flowers together. Though I am aware indeed that
Anaxandrides says that nectar is not the drink, but the meat of the

     Nectar I eat, and well do gnaw it;
     Ambrosia drink, (you never saw it);
     I act as cupbearer to Jove,
     And chat to Juno--not of love;
     And oftentimes I sit by Venus,
     With marplot none to come between us.

And Alcman says--

     Nectar they eat at will.

And Sappho says--

     The goblets rich were with ambrosia crown'd,
     Which Hermes bore to all the gods around.

But Homer was acquainted with nectar as the drink of the gods. And
Ibycus says that ambrosia is nine times as sweet as honey; stating
expressly that honey has just one-ninth part of the power of ambrosia as
far as sweetness goes.


     One fond of wine must be an honest man;
     For Bacchus, for his double mother famed,
     Loves not bad men, nor uninstructed clowns,

says Alexis. He adds, moreover, that wine makes all men who drink much
of it fond of talking. And the author of the Epigram on Cratinus says--

     If with water you fill up your glasses,
       You'll never write anything wise
     But wine is the horse of Parnassus,
       That carries a bard to the skies.

     And this was Cratinus's thought,
       Who was ne'er with one bottle content,
     But stuck to his cups as he ought,
       And to Bacchus his heart and voice lent.

     His house all with garlands did shine,
       And with ivy he circled his brow,
     To show he nought worshipp'd but wine,
       As, if he still lived, he'd do now.

Polemo says that in Munychia a hero is honoured of the name of
Acratopotes:[64:1] and that among the Spartans statues of the heroes
Matton and Ceraon were erected by some cooks in the hall of the
Phiditia.[64:2] And in Achaia a hero is honoured called Deipneus, having
his name from δεῖπνον, a supper. But from a dry meal there arise no
jokes, nor extempore poems, though, on the other hand, such an one does
not cause any boasting or insolence of mind; so that it is well said--

     Where are the empty boasts which Lemnos heard
     When season'd dishes press'd the ample board,
     When the rich goblets overflow'd with wine?

though Aristarchus the grammarian put a mark against the line which
represents the Greeks as getting insolent through much eating. For he
said that it was not every sort of cheerfulness and satiety which
engendered boasting and jesting and ridiculous actions; but that these
things proceeded only from such revelling as made men beside themselves,
and inclined them to falsehood,--from drunkenness, in fact.

10. On which account Bacchylides says:--

     Sweet force, from wine proceeding,
       Now warms my soul with love,
     And on my spirit leading,
       With hopes my heart does move.

     It drives dull care away,
       And laughs at walls and towers;
     And bids us think and say,
       That all the world is ours.

     The man who drinks plenty of wine,
       Will never for wealth be wishing;
     For his cellar's a ceaseless mine,
       And an undisturb'd heart he is rich in.

And Sophocles says--

     Drinking is a cure for woe.

And other poets call wine--

     Fruit of the field, which makes the heart to leap.

And the king of all poets introduces Ulysses saying--

     Let generous food supplies of strength produce,
     Let rising spirits flow from sprightly juice,
     Let their warm heads with scenes of battle glow,[65:1]

and so on.

11. It is in consequence of wine that both comedy and tragedy were
discovered in Icarium, a village of Attica; and it was at the time of
the grape harvest that these inventions were first introduced, from
which comedy was at first called τρυγῳδία.

Euripides, in the Bacchæ, says that Bacchus

     Gave men the wine which every grief dispels;
     Where wine is not, there Venus never dwells,
     Nor any other thing which men hold dear.

And Astydamas says that Bacchus

     Gave men the vine which cures all mortal grief,
     Parent of genial wine.

"For," says Antiphanes, "a man who continually fills himself with wine
becomes indifferent and careless; but he who drinks but little is very
meditative." And Alexis says--

     I'm not beside myself with drink; nor have I so much taken
     As not to be quite understood by those to whom I'm speaking.

But Seleucus says that it was not an ancient custom to indulge in wine
or any other luxury to excess, except, indeed, on the occasion of some
sacred festival; which is the origin of the names θοῖναι, and θάλιαι, and
μέθαι--Θοῖναι meaning that men thought it right διὰ θεοὺς οἰνοῦσθαι, to drink
wine on account of the gods; θάλιαι meaning that χάριν θεῶν ἡλίζοντο, they
assembled and met together in honour of the gods. And this comes to the
same as the Homeric expression δαῖτα θάλειαν. And Aristotle says that the
word μεθύειν is derived from the fact that men used wine μετὰ τὸ θύειν after

12. Euripides says that it is possible that

     Those who with humble gifts approach the gods,
     May often holier be, than those who load
     The groaning altars with whole hecatombs;

and the word τέλος, which he employs in the first line, means "sacrifice."
And Homer uses the same word when he says--

     God holds no sacrifice in more esteem,
     Than hearts where pious joy and pleasure beam.[66:1]

And we call those festivals which are of greater magnitude and which are
celebrated with certain mysterious traditions, τελεταὶ, on account of the
expense which is lavished on them. For the word τελέω means _to spend_.
And men who spend a great deal are called πολυτελεῖς; and those who spend
but little are called εὐτελεῖς. Alexis says--

     Those who with fair prosperity are bless'd,
     Should always keep themselves before the world;
     Glad to display the bounty of the gods.
     For they, the givers of all good, deserve
     A holy gratitude; and they will have it.
     But if, when they their gifts have shower'd, they see
     The objects of their bounty live like churls,
     Useless to all around them; who can wonder
     If they recall what seems so ill bestow'd?

13. A man is not fond of wine who has been used from his earliest years
to drink water. But--

     'Tis sweet, at a banquet or festival meeting,
     To chat o'er one's wine, when the guests have done eating,

says Hesiod in his Melampodia.

It has not occurred to any one of you to say a word about water, though
wine is made of it, and though Pindar, the most grandiloquent of poets,
has said that "water is the best of all things." And Homer, too, the
most divine of all poets, recognised it as a most nutritious thing, when
he spoke of a grove of poplars nourished by the water. He also praises
its transparent nature--

     Four fountains flow'd with clearest water white;[67:1]

and the water which is of a lighter nature, and of greater value, he
calls "lovely:" at all events he calls the Titaresius lovely which falls
into the Peneus. And he mentions also some water as especially good for
washing; and Praxagoras of Cos, following his example, speaks of a water
as beauteous--

     Beauteous it flows, to wash all dirt away.

And he distinguishes also between sweet water and brackish (πλατὺς)
water; though when he calls the Hellespont πλατὺς, he uses the word in
the sense of broad. But with respect to sweet water, he says--

     Near the sweet waters then our ships we stay'd.[67:2]

14. He was acquainted too with the effect which warm water has on
wounds: at all events he describes Eurypylus's wounds as being washed
with it; and yet, if the object was to stop the hæmorrhage, cold water
would have been useful, since that contracts and closes up wounds; but
with the view of relieving the pain, he bathes these with warm water,
which has a soothing effect. And in Homer the word λιαρὸς is used for
what we call θερμὸς, _warm_. And he shows that plainly enough in what
he says about the fountains of the Scamander, saying--

     Next by Scamander's double source they bound,
     Where two famed fountains burst the parted ground;
     This warm, through scorching clefts is seen to rise,
     With exhalations steaming to the skies.[67:3]

Can we call that only _warm_ from which a steam of fire, and a fiery
smoke arises? But of the other source he says--

     That, the green banks in summer's heat o'erflows,
     Like crystal clear, and cold as winter's snows.

And he often speaks of men newly wounded being bathed in warm water. In
the case of Agamemnon he says--

     With his warm blood still welling from the wound.[67:4]

And in the case of a stag fleeing after it had been wounded, he says,
in a sort of paraphrase--

     While his warm blood and mighty limbs were strong.[68:1]

The Athenians call χλιαρὸν, which is properly _lukewarm_, μετάκερας, as
Eratosthenes uses the word, saying, "Watery by nature, and lukewarm,

15. And of other waters, those which come from rocks he calls "dark," as
being quite useless; and he prefers to all others the waters of springs,
and those which rise to the surface from a great depth, and through rich
soil. As also Hesiod says--

     A ceaseless spring of clear untroubled flow.

And Pindar says--

     Ambrosial water, like fresh honey sweet,
     Which from Tilphossa's lovely fountains flows;

(Tilphossa is a fountain in Bœotia;) and Aristophanes says that
Tiresias died from drinking of it, as at his advanced age he was unable
to bear its extreme cold. And Theophrastus, in his book on Waters, says
that the water of the Nile is the most productive and the sweetest of
all waters, and that it is also very relaxing to the bowels of those who
drink it, as it has in it a mixture of nitre. And again, in his book on
Plants, he says that there is in some places water which has a
procreative tendency; as for instance at Thespiæ: and at Pyrrha there is
a water which causes barrenness. But it happened once when there was a
drought in the district around the Nile, that the water of that river
became unwholesome, and many of the Egyptians died. Theophrastus states,
moreover, that not only do bitter waters sometimes change their nature,
but that salt water does so too, and sometimes whole rivers do so; as in
the case of the fountain in Cithæron, near which there is a temple of
Jupiter; and of that in Cairo, near which there is a temple of Neptune:
and the reason is, that many thunderbolts fall in those countries.

16. But there are some waters which have a good deal of body in them,
and are of considerable weight; as that in Trœzen,--for that gives
the mouths of those who taste it a feeling of fulness. And the waters
near the mines in Pangæum, in winter, weigh ninety-six drachms to half a
pint, but in summer they only weigh forty-six. For the cold contracts
and condenses it; on which account that which is used in hour-glasses
does not make the hours in winter the same as those in summer, but
longer; for the flow is slower on account of the increased density of
the water. And he says that the same is the case in Egypt, though the
air there is softer. Brackish water is more earthy, and requires more
working; as also does sea-water, the nature of which is warmer, and
which is not exposed to the same changes as river-water. And there is
one salt spring which is of invincible hardness,--I mean that of
Arethusa. But as a general rule heavy waters are worse, and so are hard
and cold waters, for the same reason; for they are not so easily
prepared for use, some because they are very earthy, and some from the
excess of cold. But those waters which are quickly warmed are light and
wholesome. And in Crannon there is a spring of a gentle warmth, which
keeps wine which is mixed with it of the same temperature for two or
three days. But flowing waters, and waters from aqueducts, are, as a
general rule, better than stagnant ones, being softer because of the
collisions to which they are subjected; and on this account water
derived from snow appears to be good, because its more drinkable
qualities are brought to the surface, and are exposed to the influence
of the air; and for the same reason they think it better than
rain-water: and on the same ground, too, they prefer water from ice,
because it is lighter; and the proof is, that ice is itself lighter than
the rest of the water. But very cold water is hard, as being earthy; but
that with much body in it, when it is warmed, is susceptible of greater
heat, and when it is cold, descends to a more intense cold. And for the
same reason water on the mountains is better to drink than water in the
plains; for there is in such less admixture of earthy matter. And it is
from the earthy particles present that waters vary in colour: at all
events, the water of the lake at Babylon is red for some days after it
is drawn; and that of the Borysthenes is for some time of a violet or
dark colour, although it is unusually thin in quality; and a proof of
this is, that at the point where it meets the Hypanis its waters flow
above those of the latter while the north winds prevail.

17. And in many places there are fountains, some of which are good for
drinking, and have a vinous flavour; as for instance, one in
Paphlagonia, which they say the natives come to for the express purpose
of drinking. Some, again, are salt, with a rather bitter flavour; as
some among the Sicani in Sicily. And in the Carthaginian dominions there
is a fountain on which there is something which floats resembling oil,
but darker in colour, which they skim off and make into balls, and use
for their sheep and cattle; and in other districts, too, there are
fountains of a greasy nature,--like the one in Asia concerning which
Alexander wrote a letter, saying that he had found a fountain of oil.
And of waters which are warm by nature some are sweet, as that at Ægæ in
Cilicia, and that at Pagasæ, and that at Larissa in the Troas, and that
near Magnesia, and that in Melos, and that in Lipara, and that in
Prusa,--the Prusa, I mean, near Mount Olympus in Mysia,--which is called
the Royal fountain. But that in Asia near Tralles, and those near the
river Characometes, and near the city of Mysia, are so oily that those
who bathe in them have no need of oil. And there is a similar fountain
in the village of Dascylum. There is also one at Carura of an exceeding
dryness and heat: and there is another near Menoscome, which is a
village in Phrygia, of a rougher and a more nitrous quality; as there is
too in a village in Phrygia, called The Lion's Village. And there is a
spring near Dorylæum, which is very delicious to drink; but those which
are at Baiæ or Baium, a harbour in Italy, are utterly undrinkable.

18. I myself weighed the water which comes from the fountain called
Pirene in Corinth, and found it lighter than any other water in Greece.
For I did not believe Antiphanes the comic writer, who says that in many
respects Attica is superior to all other districts, and also that it has
the best water of any; for he says:--

                       _A._ Have you remark'd, my friend,
          That none can with this favour'd land contend
          In honey, loaves, and figs?

                                      _B._ Aye, figs indeed!

     _A._ In myrtles, perfumes, wools, in choicest breed
          Of cattle, and in cheese; and on what ground
          Can fountains like the Attic springs be found?

Eubulus, the writer of comedies, somewhere or other says that Chæremon
the tragedian called water the body of the river:--

     But when we pass'd the folds, and cross'd the water,
     The river's lucid body, all our troops
     In the pure crystal bathed their weary limbs.

There is a fountain in Tenos the water of which cannot be mixed with
wine. And Herodotus, in his fourth book, says that the Hypanis, at a
distance of five days' journey from its head, is thin and sweet to the
taste; but that four days' journey further on it becomes bitter, because
some bitter spring falls into it. And Theopompus says that near the
river Erigone all the water is sour; and that those who drink of it
become intoxicated, just like men who have drunk wine.

19. But Aristobulus of Cassandra says that there is a fountain in
Miletus called the Achillean, the stream of which is very sweet, while
the sediment is brackish: this is the water in which the Milesians say
that their hero bathed when he had slain Trambelus the king of the
Leleges. And they say, too, that the water in Cappadocia never becomes
putrid, but there is a great deal in that district, of an admirable
quality, though it has no outlet unless it flows underground. And
Ptolemy the king, in the Seventh Book of his Commentaries, says that as
you go to Corinth through the district called Contoporia, when you have
got to the top of the mountain there is a fountain whose waters are
colder than snow, so that many people are afraid to drink of it lest
they should be frozen; but he says that he drank of it himself. And
Phylarchus states that at Cleitor there is a spring which gives those
who drink of it a distaste for the smell of wine. And Clearchus tells us
that water is called white, like milk; and that wine is called red, like
nectar; and that honey and oil are called yellow, and that the juice
which is extracted from the myrtle-berry is black. Eubulus says that
"water makes those who drink nothing else very ingenious,

     But wine obscures and clouds the mind;"

and Philetas borrows not only the thought, but the lines.

20. Athenæus then, having delivered this lecture on water, like a
rhetorician, stopped awhile, and then began again.

Amphis, the comic writer, says somewhere or other--

     There is, I take it, often sense in wine,
     And those are stupid who on water dine.

And Antiphanes says--

     Take the hair, it well is written,
     Of the dog by whom you're bitten.
     Work off one wine by his brother,
     And one labour with another;
     Horns with horns, and noise with noise,
     One crier with his fellow's voice;
     Insult with insult, war with war,
     Faction with faction, care with care;
     Cook with cook, and strife with strife,
     Business with business, wife with wife.

The ancients applied the word ἄκρατον even to unmixed water. Sophron

     Pour unmix'd water (ὕδωρ ἄκρατον) in the cup.

21. Phylarchus says that Theodorus the Larissæan was a water-drinker;
the man, I mean, who was always so hostile to king Antigonus. He asserts
also that all the Spaniards drink water, though they are the richest of
all men, for they have the greatest abundance of gold and silver in
their country. And he says, too, that they eat only once a day, out of
stinginess, though they wear most expensive clothes. And Aristotle or
Theophrastus speaks of a man named Philinus as never having taken any
drink or solid food whatever, except milk alone, during the whole of his
life. And Pythermus, in his account of the tyrants of Piræus, mentions
Glaucon as having been a water-drinker. And Hegesander the Delphian says
that Anchimolus and Moschus, sophists who lived in Elis, were
water-drinkers all their lives; and that they ate nothing but figs, and
for all that, were quite as healthy and vigorous as any one else; but
that their perspiration had such an offensive smell, that every one
avoided them at the baths. And Matris the Athenian, as long as he lived,
ate nothing except a few myrtle-berries each day, and abstained from
wine and every other kind of drink except water. Lamprus, too, the
musician, was a water-drinker, concerning whom Phrynichus says, "that
the gulls lamented, when Lamprus died among them, being a man who was a
water-drinker, a subtle hypersophist, a dry skeleton of the Muses, an
ague to nightingales, a hymn to hell." And Machon the comic poet
mentions Moschion as a water-drinker.

22. But Aristotle, in his book on Drunkenness, says, that some men who
have been fond of salt meat have yet not had their thirst stimulated by
it; of whom Archonides the Argive was one. And Mago the Carthaginian
passed three times through the African desert eating dry meal and never
drinking. And Polemo the Academic philosopher, from the time that he
was thirty years of age to the day of his death, never drank anything
but water, as is related by Antigonus the Carystian. And Demetrius the
Scepsian says that Diocles of Peparethus drank cold water to the day of
his death. And Demosthenes the orator, who may well be admitted as a
witness in his own case, says that he drank nothing but water for a
considerable length of time. And Pytheas says, "But you see the
demagogues of the present day, Demosthenes and Demades, how very
differently they live. For the one is a water-drinker, and devotes his
nights to contemplation, as they say; and the other is a debauchee, and
is drunk every day, and comes like a great potbellied fellow, as he is,
into our assemblies." And Euphorion the Chalcidean writes in this
way:--"Lasyrtas the Lasionian never required drink as other men do, and
still it did not make him different from other men. And many men, out of
curiosity, were careful to watch him, but they desisted before they
ascertained what was the truth. For they continued watching him for
thirty days together in the summer season, and they saw that he never
abstained from salt meat, and yet that, though drinking nothing, he
seemed to have no complaint in his bladder. And so they believed that he
spoke the truth. And he did, indeed, sometimes take drink, but still he
did not require it.

     A change of meat is often good,
     And men, when tired of common food,
     Redoubled pleasure often feel,
     When sitting at a novel meal.

23. The king of Persia, as Herodotus relates in his first book, drank no
water, except what came from the river Choaspes, which flows by Susa.
And when he was on a journey, he had numbers of four-wheeled waggons
drawn by mules following him, laden with silver vessels containing this
water, which was boiled to make it keep. And Ctesias the Cnidian
explains also in what manner this water was boiled, and how it was put
into the vessels and brought to the king, saying that it was the
lightest and sweetest of all waters. And the second king of Egypt, he
who was surnamed Philadelphus, having given his daughter Berenice in
marriage to Antiochus the king of Syria, took the trouble to send her
water from the river Nile, in order that his child might drink of no
other river, as Polybius relates. And Heliodorus tells us, that
Antiochus Epiphanes, whom Polybius calls Epimanes,[74:1] on account of
his actions, mixed the fountain at Antioch with wine; a thing which
Theopompus relates to have been also done by the Phrygian Midas, when he
wished to make Silenus drunk in order to catch him. And that fountain
is, as Bion relates, between the Mædi and the Pæonians, and is called
Inna. But Staphylus says, that Melampus was the first who invented the
idea of mixing wine with water. And Plistonicus says that water is more
digestible than wine.

24. Now men who drink hard before eating, are usually not very
comfortable in their digestion, which are apt to get out of order by
such a system, and what they eat often turns sour on the stomach. So
that a man who has a regard for his health, ought to take regular
exercise, for the sake of promoting frequent perspiration; and he ought
also to use the bath regularly for the sake of moistening and relaxing
his body. And besides this, and before he bathes, he should drink water,
as being an excellent thing,--drinking warm water usually in winter and
spring, and cold water in summer, in order not to weaken the stomach.
But he should only drink in moderation before the bath or the gymnasium,
for the sake of diffusing what he drinks throughout his system
beforehand, and in order to prevent the unmixed strength of wine from
having too much effect on his extremities. And if any one thinks it too
much trouble to live on this system, let him take sweet wine, either
mixed with water or warmed, especially that which is called πρότροπος,
the sweet Lesbian wine, as being very good for the stomach.

Now sweet wines do not make the head heavy, as Hippocrates says in his
book on Diet, which some entitle, "The Book on Sharp Pains;" others,
"The Book on Barleywater;" and others, "The Book against the Cnidian
Theories." His words are: "Sweet wine is less calculated to make the
head heavy, and it takes less hold of the mind, and passes through the
bowels easier than other wine." But Posidonius says, that it is not a
good thing to pledge one's friends as the Carmani do; for they, when at
their banquets they wish to testify their friendship for each other, cut
the veins on their faces, and mingle the blood which flows down with the
liquor, and then drink it; thinking it the very extremest proof of
friendship to taste one another's blood. And after pledging one another
in this manner, they anoint their heads with ointment, especially with
that distilled from roses, and if they cannot get that, with that
distilled from apples, in order to ward off the effects of the drink,
and in order also to avoid being injured by the evaporation of the wine;
and if they cannot get ointment of apples, they then use that extracted
from the iris or from spikenard, so that Alexis very neatly says--

     His nose he anoints, and thinks it plain
     'Tis good for health with scents to feed the brain.

25. But one ought to avoid thick perfumes, and to drink water which is
thin and transparent, and which in respect of weight is light, and which
has no earthy particles in it. And that water is best which is of a
moderate heat or coldness, and which, when poured into a brazen or
silver vessel, does not produce a blackish sediment. Hippocrates says,
"Water which is easily warmed or easily chilled is always lighter." But
that water is bad which takes a long time to boil vegetables; and so too
is water full of nitre, or brackish. And in his book upon Waters,
Hippocrates calls good water drinkable; but stagnant water he calls bad,
such as that from ponds or marshes. And most spring-water is rather
hard. But Erasistratus says that some people test water by weight, and
that is a most stupid proceeding. "For just look," says he, "if men
compare the water from the fountain Amphiaraus with that from the
Eretrian spring, though one of them is good and the other bad, there is
absolutely no difference in their respective weights." And Hippocrates,
in his book on Places, says that those waters are the best which flow
from high ground, and from dry hills, "for they are white, and sweet,
and are able to bear very little wine, and are warm in winter and cold
in summer." And he praises those most, the springs of which break
towards the east, and especially towards the north-east, for they must
inevitably be clear, and fragrant, and light. Diocles says that water is
good for the digestion, and not apt to cause flatulency, that it is
moderately cooling, and good for the eyes, and that it has no tendency
to make the head feel heavy, and that it adds vigour to the mind and
body. And Praxagoras says the same; and he also praises rain-water. But
Euenor praises water from cisterns, and says that the best is that from
the cistern of Amphiaraus, when compared with that from the fountain in

26. But that water is undeniably nutritious is plain from the fact that
some animals are nourished by it alone, as for instance, grasshoppers.
And there are many other liquids which are nutritious, such as milk,
barleywater, and wine. At all events, animals at the breast are
nourished by milk; and there are many nations who drink nothing but
milk. And it is said that Democritus, the philosopher of Abdera, after
he had determined to rid himself of life on account of his extreme old
age, and when he had begun to diminish his food day by day, when the day
of the Thesmophorian festival came round, and the women of his household
besought him not to die during the festival, in order that they might
not be debarred from their share in the festivities, was persuaded, and
ordered a vessel full of honey to be set near him: and in this way he
lived many days with no other support than honey; and then some days
after, when the honey had been taken away, he died. But Democritus had
always been fond of honey; and he once answered a man, who asked him how
he could live in the enjoyment of the best health, that he might do so
if he constantly moistened his inward parts with honey, and his outward
man with oil. And bread and honey was the chief food of the
Pythagoreans, according to the statement of Aristoxenus, who says that
those who eat this for breakfast were free from disease all their lives.
And Lycus says that the Cyrneans (and they are a people who live near
Sardinia) are very long-lived, because they are continually eating
honey; and it is produced in great quantities among them.

27. When he says, men have adjourned the investigation into all such
matters, he uses the word ἀνατιθέμενος instead of ἀναβαλλόμενος.

The word ἄνηστις is used in the same sense as νῆστις, _i.e._ _fasting_ (just
as we find στάχυς and ἄσταχυς) by Cratinus, when he says--

     For you are not the first who's come to supper
     After a lengthen'd fast,

And the word ὀξύπεινος is used by Diphilus for _hungry_--

     I'm glad when those who set them up as wise,
     Are naked seen and hungry.

And Antiphanes says--

     _A._ At all events he's one complaint,
          For he is hungry ever.

     _B._ The keen Thessalian race you paint,
          Who can be sated never.

And Eubulus says--

     Then Zethus was advised to seek the plain,
     The holy plain of Thebes; for there men sell
     The cheapest loaves and cakes.
     Again advice came to the great Amphion,
     The sweet musician, pointing out to him
     The famous Athens for his resting-place.
     Whose sons at hunger ne'er repine, but feed
     On air and sweetest hopes.

28. The word μονοσιτῶν, _eating once a day_, occurs too in Alexis--

     When you meet with a man who takes only one meal,
     Or a poet who music pretends not to feel;
     The man half his life, the bard half his art, loses;
     And sound reason to call either living refuses.

And Plato says, "he not only was not content with one meal a-day, but
sometimes he even dined twice the same day."

We know that men used to call sweetmeats νωγαλεύματα. Araros says in the

     These νωγαλείματα are very nice.

And Alexis says--

     In Thasian feasts his friends he meets,
     And νωγαλίζει, sweatmeats eats.

And Antiphanes, in the Busiris, says--

     Grapes, and pomegranates, and palms,
     And other νώγαλα.

Philonides used the word ἀπόσιτος for _fasting_; and Crobylus has the
word αὐτόσιτος, writing παράσιτον, αὐτόσιτον.

Eupolis, too, used ἀναρίστητος for _without breakfast_; Crates has the
word ἀναγκόσιτος, _eating by force_, and Nicostratus uses ἀναγκοσιτέω.

     There is a youth most delicately curl'd,
     Whom I do feed by force beneath the earth.

And Alexis has the word ἀριστόδειπνον, _breakfast-dinner_--

     By whom the breakfast-dinner is prepared.

29. After this we rose up and sat down again as each of us pleased, not
waiting for a nomenclator to arrange us in order.

Now that rooms were fitted up with couches for three, and with couches
for four, and for seven, and for nine, and for other successive numbers,
in the time of the ancients, we may prove from Antiphanes, who says--

     I bring you, since you are but three,
     To a room with equal couches.

And Phrynichus says--

     One room had seven couches fine,
     While another boasted nine.

And Eubulus says--

     _A._ Place now a couch for seven.

                                       _B._ Here it is.

     _A._ And five Sicilian couches.

                                     _B._ Well, what next

     _A._ And five Sicilian pillows.

And Amphis says--

     Will you not place a couch for three?


                    A couch was spread,
     And songs to please the aged man.
     Open the supper rooms, and sweep the house,
     And spread the couches fair, and light the fire;
     Bring forth the cups, and fill with generous wine.

30. . . . . . And Plato the philosopher, "Men now distinguish the
couches and coverings with reference to what is put round the couch and
what is put under it." And his namesake, the comic poet, says--

     There the well-dress'd guests recline
     On couches rich with ivory feet;
     And on their purple cushions dine,
     Which rich Sardinian carpets meet.

For the art of weaving embroidered cloths was in great perfection in his
time, Acesas and Helicon, natives of Cyprus, being exceedingly eminent
for their skill in it; and they were weavers of very high reputation.
And Helicon was the son of Acesas, as Hieronymus reports: and so at
Pytho there is an inscription on some work--

     Fair Venus's isle did bring forth Helicon,
     Whose wondrous work you now do gaze upon;
     And fair Minerva's teaching bade his name
     And wondrous skill survive in deathless fame.

And Pathymias the Egyptian was a man of similar renown.

Ephippus says--

     Place me where rose-strewn couches fill the room,
     That I may steep myself in rich perfume.

Aristophanes says--

     Oh you who press your mistress to your arms,
     All night upon sweet-scented couches lying.

Sophron too speaks of coverlets embroidered with figures of birds as of
great value. And Homer, the most admirable of all poets, calls those
cloths which are spread below λῖτα, that is to say, white, neither dyed
nor embroidered. But the coverlets which are laid above he calls
"beautiful purple cloths."

31. The Persians, according to the account of Heraclides, are the people
who first introduced the system of having particular servants to prepare
the couches, in order that they might always be elegantly arranged and
well made. And on this account Artaxerxes, having a high esteem for
Timagoras the Cretan, or, as Phanias the Peripatetic says, for Entimus
the Gortinian, who went up to the king in rivalry of Themistocles, gave
him a tent of extraordinary size and beauty, and a couch with silver
feet; and he sent him also expensive coverlets, and a man to arrange
them, saying that the Greeks did not know how to arrange a couch. And so
completely had this Cretan gained the favour of the king, that he was
invited to a banquet of the royal family, an honour which had never been
paid to any Greek before, and never has been since; for it was reserved
as an especial compliment for the king's relations. Nor was this
compliment paid to Timagoras the Athenian, who submitted to offer
adoration to the king, and who was held in the highest honour by him,
though some of the things which were set before the king were sent to
him from the royal table. The king of Persia, too, once took a chaplet
from off his head and dipped it in perfume, and sent it to Antalcidas
the Lacedæmonian. But he did this too, and many similar things, to
Entimus; also, and in addition to everything else, he invited him to a
banquet of the royal family. And the Persians were very indignant at
this, thinking that it was making such an honour too common, and also
because they thought they were on the eve of another expedition against
Greece. He sent him also a couch with silver feet, and cushions for it,
and a flowered tent surmounted with a canopy, and a silver chair, and a
gilt parasol, and some golden vessels inlaid with precious stones, and a
hundred large vessels of silver, and silver bowls, and a hundred girls,
and a hundred boys, and six thousand pieces of gold, besides what was
allowed him for his daily expenses.

32. There were tables with ivory feet, the top slabs of which were made
of maple wood. Cratinus says--

     Fair girls await you, and a table
     Of highly polish'd dappled maple.

And when one of the Cynics used the word τρίπους, meaning a table, Ulpian
got indignant and said, "To-day I seem to have trouble coming on me
arising out of my actual want of business; for what does this fellow
mean by his tripod, unless indeed he counts Diogenes' stick and his two
feet, and so makes him out to be a tripod? At all events every one else
calls the thing which is set before us τράπεζα."

Hesiod, in his poem on the marriage of Ceyx, (although indeed the sons
of the Grammarians deny that that poem is his work, but I myself think
that it is an ancient piece,) does call tables τρίποδες. And Xenophon,
a most accomplished writer, in the second book of the Anabasis,
writes--"Τρίποδες were brought in for every one, to the number of about
twenty, loaded with ready carved meats." And he goes on, "And these
τράπεζαι were placed for the most part where the strangers sat."
Antiphanes says--

     The τρίπους was removed, we wash'd our hands.

Eubulus says--

     _A._ Here are five τρίποδες for you; here five more.

     _B._ Why I shall be quinquagenarian.

Epicharmus says--

     _A._ And what is this?

                            _B._ A τρίπους.

                                          _A._ How is that?
          Has it not _four_ feet? 'tis a τετράπους.

     _B._ It may be strictly; but its name is τριπους.

     _A._ Still I can see four feet.

                                     _B._ At all events
          You are no Œdipus, to be so puzzled.

And Aristophanes says--

     _A._ Bring me one τράπεζα more,
          With three feet, not one with four.

     _B._ Where can I a τρίπους τράπεζα find?

33. It was a custom at feasts, that a guest when he had lain down should
have a paper given to him, containing a bill of fare of what there was
for dinner, so that he might know what the cook was going to serve up.

We find a fruit called Damascenes. Now many of the ancient writers
mention Damascus, a city of great reputation and importance; and as
there is a great quantity of plum-trees in the territory of the
Damascenes, and as they are cultivated there with exceeding care, the
tree itself has got to be called a Damascene, as being a kind of plum
different from what is found in other countries. The fruit is more like
prunes. And many writers speak of them, and Hipponax says--

     I have a garland of damascenes and mint.

And Alexis says--

     _A._ And in my sleep I thought I saw a prize.

     _B._ What was it?

                       _A._ Listen--There came up to me,
          While still within th' arena's spacious bounds,
          One of my rivals, bringing me a crown--
          A ripe revolving crown of damascenes.

     _B._ Oh Hercules! and were the damascenes ripe?

And again he says--

     Did you e'er see a sausage toasted,
     Or dish of tripe well stuff'd and roasted?
     Or damascenes stew'd in rich confection?--
     Such was that gentleman's complexion.

Nicander says--

     The fruit they call a plum, the cuckoo's prize.

But Clearchus the Peripatetic says that the Rhodians and Sicilians call
plums βράβυλα, and so Theocritus the Syracusan uses the word--

     Heavy with plums, the branches swept the ground.

And again he says--

     Far as the apple doth the plum surpass.

But the damascene is smaller in circumference than other plums, though
in flavour it is very like them, except that it is a little sharper.
Seleucus, in his Dictionary, says that βράβυλα, ἦλα, κοκκύμηλα, and μάδρυα
are all different names for the same thing; and that plums are called
βράβυλα, as being good for the stomach, and βορὰν ἐκ βάλλοντα, that is,
assisting to remove the food; and ἦλα, which is the same word as μῆλα,
meaning simply _fruit_, as Demetrius Ixion says in his Etymology. And
Theophrastus says, κοκκύμηλα καὶ σποδιάς: σποδιὰς being a kind of wild plum.
And Araros calls the tree which bears the fruit κοκκυμηλέα, and the fruit
itself κοκκύμηλον. And Diphilus of Siphnos pronounces plums to be juicy,
digestible, and easily evacuated, but not very nutritious.

34. There is another fruit, called Cherries.--Theophrastus says, in his
book on Plants, that the Cherry-tree is a tree of a peculiar character,
and of large size, for it grows to a height of four-and-twenty
cubits,[82:1] and its leaf is like that of the medlar, but somewhat
harder and thicker, and its bark like the linden; its flower is white,
like that of the pear or the medlar, consisting of a number of small
petals of a waxy nature; its fruit is red, like that of the lotus in
appearance, and of the size of a bean; but the kernel of the lotus is
hard, while that of the cherry is soft. And again he says, "The
κράταιγος, which some call κραταίγων, has a spreading leaf like a medlar,
only that is larger, and wider, and longer; and it has no deep grain in
it as the medlar has. The tree is neither very tall nor very large; the
wood is variegated, yellow, and strong: it has a smooth bark, like that
of the medlar; and a single root, which goes down very deep into the
earth; the fruit is round, of the size of an olive; when fully ripe it
is of a yellow colour, becoming gradually darker; and from its flavour
and juice it might almost be taken for a wild medlar." By which
description of the cratægus it appears to me that he means the tree
which is now called the cherry.

35. Asclepiades of Myrlea speaks of a tree which he calls the
Ground-cherry, and says, "In the land of the Bithynians there is found
the ground-cherry, the root of which is not large, nor is the tree, but
like a rose-bush; in all other respects the fruit is like the common
cherry; but it makes those who eat much of it feel heavy, as wine does,
and it gives them head-aches." These are the words of Asclepiades. And
it appears to me that he is speaking of the arbutus. For the tree which
bears the arbutus-berry answers his description, and if a man eats more
than six or seven of the berries he gets a headache. Aristophanes says--

     And planted by no hand, the arbutus
     Makes red the sunny hills.

Theopompus says--

     The myrtle berries and red arbutus.

Crates says--

     Beauteous the breast of tender maid,
     As arbutus or apples red.

And Amphis--

     Mulberries you see, my friend, are found
     On the tree which we know as the mulberry;
     So the oak bears the acorn round,
     And the arbutus shines with its full berry.

And Theophrastus tells us, "The κόμαρος (as he calls it) is the tree
which bears the arbutus berry."

There is question about the "Agen," a satyric drama, whether it was
composed by Python, (and if by him whether he was a native of Catana or
of Byzantium,) or by the king Alexander himself.

Then Laurentius says--"You, O Greeks, lay claim to a good many things,
as either having given the names to them, or having been the original
discoverers of them. But you do not know that Lucullus, the Roman
general, who subdued Mithridates and Tigranes, was the first man who
introduced this plant into Italy from Cerasus, a city of Pontus; and he
it was who gave the fruit the Latin name of Cerasus, _cherry_, after the
name of the city, as our historians relate."

Then Daphnis answers--"But there was a very celebrated man, Diphilus of
Siphnos, many years more ancient than Lucullus, for he was born in the
time of king Lysimachus, (who was one of the successors of Alexander,)
and he speaks of cherries, saying, 'Cherries are good for the stomach,
and juicy, but not very nutritious; if taken after drinking cold water
they are especially wholesome; but the red and the Milesian are the best
kinds, and are diuretic.'"

36. There is a fruit usually called the συκάμινον, which the people of
Alexandria call the μόρον, in which they differ from every one else;
but it has no connexion with the Egyptian fig, which some call
συκόμορον, and which the natives scrape slightly with a knife, and
then leave on the tree; and then when it has been tossed about by the
wind, within three days it becomes ripe and fragrant, (especially if the
wind is west,) and very good to eat, as there is something in it which
is moderately cooling for people in a fever, when made up with oil of
roses into a plaster, so as to be put upon the stomach, and it is no
slight relief to the patient. Now the Egyptian sycaminus bears its fruit
on the main stem, and not on the branches. But the sycaminus is a
mulberry, a fruit mentioned by Æschylus in his Phrygians, where he says
of Hector,

     His heart was softer than a mulberry.

And in his "Cretan Women" he says of the brier--

     As the full branch to earth is weigh'd
     With mulberries, white and black and red.

And Sophocles has the lines--

     First you shall see the full white ear of corn,
     And then the large round rosy mulberry.

And Nicander in his Georgics says that it is the first of all fruits
to appear; and he calls the tree which bears it μορέα, as also do the

     The mulberry-tree, in which the young delight,
     Brown autumn's harbinger.

37. Phanias of Eresus, the pupil of Aristotle, calls the fruit of
the wild sycamine μόρον, or mulberry, being a fruit of the greatest
sweetness and delicacy when it is ripe. And he writes thus: "The
mulberry is a briery sort of tree,[84:1] and when the round fruit is
dried it has small pips of seed, woven in like net-work, and the
fruit is nutritious and juicy." And Parthanius has the following
words:--"Ἅβρυνα, that is to say, συκάμινα, which some call mulberries."
And Salmonius calls the same tree βάτιον, or brier. And Demetrius Ixion
says the συκάμινον and μόρον are the same, being a very juicy fruit,
superior to the fig. And Diphilus of Siphnos, who was a physician,
writes thus: "The συκάμινα, which are also called μόρα, are moderately
full of good juice, but have not much nourishment; they are good for the
stomach and easily digested; and those which are not quite ripe have a
peculiar quality of expelling worms." But Pythemus states, according to
Hegesander, that in his time the mulberry-trees produced no fruit for
twenty years, and that during that time gout became so epidemic, that
not only men, but even boys and girls, and eunuchs, and women, were
afflicted with it; and even herds of goats were attacked with it, so
that two-thirds of the cattle were afflicted with the same disorder.

38. With respect to the word κάρυα, the Attic writers and all other
prose writers call nearly all berries by the generic name of κάρυα,
_nuts_. And Epicharmus calls the almond "the nut," by way of
distinction, as we do, saying--

     We eat roast nuts, that is, almonds.

Philyllius says--

     Eggs, nuts, almonds.

And Heracleon the Ephesian writes--"They called almonds κάρυα, and
chestnuts, which we now call καστάνεια." The tree itself is called
κάρυα by Sophocles, who says--

     (κάρυαι,) _nut-trees_ and ash-trees.

And Eubulus speaks of

     Beeches, nut-trees, Carystian nuts.

There are some kinds of nuts, too, which are called μόστηνα.

39. With respect to Almonds.--The Naxian almonds are mentioned by the
ancient writers; and those in the island of Naxos are superior to all
others, as I am well persuaded. Phrynichus says--

     He knock'd out all my grinders, so that now
     A Naxian almond I can hardly crack.

The almonds in the island of Cyprus also are very excellent, and in
comparison of those which come from other quarters, they are very long,
and slightly bent at the end. And Seleucus in his Dictionary says, that
the Lacedæmonians call soft nuts μύκηροι. And the Servians give that name
to sweet nuts. But Arnexias says that it is the almond which is called
μύκηρος. We may add, there is nothing which is a greater provocative of
drinking than almonds when eaten before meals. Eupolis says in his

     Give me some Naxian almonds to regale me,
     And from the Naxian vines some wine to drink.

For there was a vine called the Naxian vine.

And Plutarch of Chæronea says, that there was in the retinue of Drusus
the son of Tiberius Cæsar, a certain physician who surpassed all men in
drinking, and who was detected in always eating five or six bitter
almonds before he drank. But when he was prevented from eating them he
was not able to stand even a very limited quantity of wine; and the
cause of this was the great power of the bitterness of the almond, which
is of a very drying nature, and which has the quality of expelling

Herodian of Alexandria says, that almonds derive the name of ἀμύγδαλαι,
because beneath their green bark they have many ἀμυχαὶ, or lacerations.

Philemon says somewhere or other--

     You, like an ass, come to the husks of the dessert;

and Nicander, in the second book of his Georgics, says--

     Beech-trees, the ornament of Pan.

We also find the word ἀμύγδαλον in the neuter gender. Diphilus says--

     "Sweetmeats, myrtle-berries, cheese-cakes, almonds,"

using the neuter ἀμύγδαλα.

40. Now with respect to the pronunciation and accent of the word
ἀμυγδάλη, Pamphilus thinks that there ought to be a grave accent when
it means the fruit, as it is in the case of ἀμύγδαλον. But he wants to
circumflex the word when it means the tree, thus, ἀμυγδαλῆ like ῥοδῆ.
And Archilochus says--

     The lovely flower of the rose-tree (ῥοδῆς).

But Aristarchus marks the word, whether it means the fruit or the tree,
with an acute accent indifferently; while Philoxenus would circumflex
the word in either sense. Eupolis says--

     You'll ruin me, I swear it by the almond.

Aristophanes says--

     _A._ Come, now, take these almonds,
          And break them

                         (_B._ I would rather break your head,) with a

And Phrynichus says--

     The almond is a good cure for a cough.

And others speak of almonds as beautiful. But Tryphon in his book on
Attic Prosody accents ἀμυγδάλη, when meaning the fruit, with a grave
accent, which we use in the neuter as ἀμύγδαλον. But he writes ἀμυγδαλῆ,
with a circumflex for the tree; it being as it were a possessive form
derived from the fruit, and as such contracted and circumflexed.

Pamphilus in his Dictionary says that the μυκηρόβατον is called the
nut-cracker by the Lacedæmonians, when they mean the almond-cracker; for
the Lacedæmonians call almonds μούκηροι.

41. Nicander mentions also nuts of Pontus, which some writers call
λόπιμα; while Hermonax and Timachidas, in the Dictionary, say that the
acorn of Jupiter, or walnut, is what is called the nut of Pontus.

But Heraclides of Tarentum asks, "Whether sweetmeats ought to be put on
the table before supper, as is done in some parts of Asia and Greece; or
whether they ought to be brought on after supper is over." If it is
decided that they are to be brought on at the end of supper, then it
follows, that when a great deal of food has already been put into the
stomach and bowels, the nuts which are eaten afterwards as provocatives
of drinking, get entangled with the rest of the food, and produce
flatulence, and also cause what has been eaten to turn on the stomach,
because it is followed by what is by nature unmanageable and
indigestible; and it is from such food that indigestions and attacks of
diarrhœa arise.

42. Diocles asserts that almonds are nutritious and good for the
stomach, and that they have a heating effect because they contain
something like millet; but green almonds are less likely to have an
injurious effect than dry ones; and almonds soaked in water have such an
effect less than those which are not soaked; and when toasted less than
when raw. But walnuts, which are also called nuts of Heraclea, and
acorns of Jupiter, are not indeed so nutritious as almonds, but still
they have something like millet in them, and something apt to rise to
the surface; so, if they are eaten in any quantity they make the head
feel heavy; they, however, are less likely to produce injurious effects
when green than when dry.

Persian nuts too are as apt to produce headaches as the acorns of
Jupiter; but they are more nutritious, though they make the throat and
mouth feel rough; but when they are roasted they are less injurious, and
when eaten with honey, they are the most digestible of all nuts. The
broad Persian nuts have the greatest tendency to produce flatulence;
but when boiled they are less injurious than when raw, or even when
roasted. But Philotimus in his treatises on Nourishment says, "The broad
nut, and that which is called the Sardinian nut, are both exceedingly
indigestible when raw, and are very slow in dissolving in the stomach,
as they are kept down by the phlegm in the stomach, and as they
themselves are of an astringent nature. The Pontic nut too is oily and
indigestible; but the almond is not so indigestible as that, and
accordingly if we eat a number of them we do not feel any inconvenience;
and they appear more oily, and give out a sweet and oily juice."

Diphilus of Siphnos says--"There is a nut called the Royal nut, which
causes severe headaches, and keeps rising in the stomach; and there are
two sorts of them, one of which, that which is tender and white, is the
more juicy and the better; but that which is roasted in ovens is not
nutritious. Almonds have a tendency to make people thin, and are
diuretic and cathartic, and far from nutritious; and the dry ones are
far more apt to produce flatulence and are far more indigestible than
the green ones, which do not give much juice, and which are not very
nutritious; but those which are tender, and full, and white, being like
milk, are more full of wholesome juice. And the Thasian and Cyprian
nuts, being tender, are far more easily digested than dry ones. The nuts
of Pontus are apt to produce headaches, but still they are not so
indigestible as the Royal nuts."

43. Moreover, Mnesitheus the Athenian, in his book on Comestibles, says,
"The digestion of Eubœan nuts or chestnuts (for they are called by
both names) is very difficult for the stomach, and is attended with a
great deal of flatulence. And they are apt to thicken the juice, and to
make people fat, unless their constitution is strong enough to
neutralise them. But almonds, and likewise the nuts of Heraclea, and the
Persian nuts, and all others of the same sort, are still worse than
these: and it is desirable to touch absolutely none whatever of these
things unless they are first cooked by fire; with the exception of,
perhaps, the green almonds. But one should boil some of them, and roast
others; for some of them are of an oily nature, as the dry almonds and
the acorns of Jupiter; but some are hard and harsh, as the nuts of the
beech and all that kind. And from the oily sorts the action of the fire
extracts the oil, which is the worst part of them: but those which are
hard and harsh are softened, and, so to say, ripened, if any one cooks
them over a small and gentle fire."

But Diphilus calls chestnuts also Sardinian acorns, saying that they are
very nutritious, and full of excellent juice; but not very easy of
digestion, because they remain a long time in the stomach; that,
however, when they are roasted they are less nutritious, but more
digestible; and that when boiled they are less apt to produce flatulence
than the others, and more nutritious.

       It is easily peel'd, and the Eubœans
     Call it a nut, but some people have call'd it an acorn,

says Nicander the Colophonian, in his Georgics. But Agelochus calls
chestnuts ἄμωτα, and says, "Where the Sinopean nuts are produced the
natives call the trees which produce them ἄμωτα."

44. With respect to Vetches.--Crobylus says--

         They took a green vetch,
     And toss'd it empty, as if playing cottabus.
     These are the sweetmeats of the wretched monkey.

And Homer says--

     Black beans spring up, or vetches.

Xenophanes the Colophonian says, in his Parodies--

     These are what one should talk of near the fire,
     In winter season, on soft couch reclined,
     After a plenteous meal, drinking rich wine,
     And eating vetches.[89:1] Then a man may ask,
     "Who are you? How old are you, my friend?
     How many years old were you when the Mede came?"

And Sappho says--

     Golden vetches on the sea-shore grew.

But Theophrastus, in his book on Plants, calls some kinds of vetches
κρεῖοι. And Sophilus says--

     This maiden's sire is far the greatest man,
     A regular κρεῖος vetch.

And Phænias says, in his book about Plants,--"While they are green and
tender, the bean and vetch take the place of sweetmeats; but when they
are dry they are usually eaten boiled or roasted." Alexis says--

     My husband is a poor old man, and I
     Am an old woman, and I have a daughter
     And a young son,
     And this good girl besides--we're five in all--
     And three of them are now at supper,
     And we two who here remain share with them
     A little maize; and when we have nothing
     To eat, we utter a wail unsuited to the lyre.
     And as we never have any meat for dinner,
     Our countenance is become pale. These are the parts,
     And this is the arrangement of our life:
     Beans, lupins, cabbages, rape,
     Pulse, morepulse, mastnuts, onions,
     Grasshoppers, vetches, wild pears,
     And that which was given by my mother
     As an object of devout care, the fig,
     The great invention of the Phrygian fig.

Pherecrates says--

     You must at once take care and make the vetches tender.

And in another place he says--

     He was choked eating roasted vetches.

And Diphilus says--"Vetches are very indigestible, create moisture, they
are also diuretic, and apt to cause flatulence." And according to
Diocles, they produce a sort of fermentation in the body. The white
vetches are better than the black; and so also are the yellow or
box-coloured. And the Milesian are better than those called κρεῖοι; and
the green are better than the dry, and those which have been soaked are
better than those which have not been. The discoverer of the vetch is
said to have been Neptune.

45. With respect to Lupins. Alexis says--

               A curse upon the man;
     Let him not come near me, who eats lupins in season,
     And then leaves the husks and shells in the vestibule.
     Why was he not choked while eating them? I know,
     I know most certainly, that Cleænetus the tragedian
     Did not eat them. For Cleænetus
     Never threw away the husk of a single vegetable,
     So exceedingly economical is that man.

And Lycophron of Chalcis, in a satiric drama which he wrote against
Menedemus the philosopher, for the purpose of turning him into
ridicule, (it was from Menedemus that the sect of the Eretrians derived
its name,) laughs at the suppers of the philosophers, and says--

     The lupin, common to all the people, in great plenty
     Danced upon the board, the companion of poor couches.

And Diphilus says--

     There is no business more mischievous or degrading
     Than that of the pander.
     I would rather walk along the streets selling
     Roses, and radishes, and lupin-beans, and press'd olives,
     And anything else in the world, rather than give encouragement
     To such a miserable trade.

And you may observe, that he then uses the expression θερμοκύαμοι,
lupin-beans, as they are called even now. Polemo says, that the
Lacedæmonians call lupins λυσιλαΐδες. And Theophrastus, in his book
about The Causes of Plants, tells us that the lupin, and the bitter
vetch, and the common vetch, are the only kinds of green vegetable which
do not produce animal life, because of their harshness and bitterness.
But the vetch, says he, turns black as it decays. He says, also, that
caterpillars come in vetches, and it is in the fourth book of the same
treatise that he states this. Diphilus the Siphnian writer says that
lupins are very apt to create moisture, and are very nutritious,
especially those kinds which are rendered sweet by being soaked. On
which account Zeno the Citiæan, a man of harsh disposition and very apt
to get in a passion with his friends, when he had taken a good deal of
wine, became sweet-tempered and gentle; and when people asked him what
produced this difference in his disposition, he said, that he was
subject to the same influences as lupins: for that they before they were
cooked were very bitter; but that when they had been steeped in liquor
they were sweet and wholesome.

46. With respect to Kidney Beans.--The Lacedæmonians in those suppers of
theirs, which they call κοπίδες, give as sweetmeats, dry figs and
beans, and green kidney beans. At least this is the statement of Polemo;
and Epicharmus says--

     Roast some kidney beans quickly, for Bacchus is fond of them.

And Demetrius says--

     A fig, or kidney bean, or some such thing.

47. With respect to Olives. Eupolis says--

     Cuttle-fish, and olives fallen from the tree.

And these the Romans call dryptæ. But Diphilus the Siphnian writer says
that olives contain very little nourishment, and are apt to give
headaches; and that the black ones are still worse for the stomach, and
make the head feel heavy; but that those which we call κολυμβάδες, that is
to say, preserved in pickle, are better for the stomach, and give
strength to the bowels. But that the black when crushed are better for
the stomach. Aristophanes too makes mention of crushed olives in "The
Islands," saying--

     Bring some crushed olives;

and in another place he says--

     Crush'd olives and pickled olives are not the same thing;

and a few lines after--

     For it is better that they should be crush'd than pickled.

And Archestratus says, in his Gastronomy--

     Let wrinkled olives, fallen from the tree,
     Be placed before you.

And Hermippus says--

     Be sure that for the future you remember
     The ever-glorious Marathon for good,
     When you do all from time to time add μάραθον (that is to say,
         fennel) to your pickled olives.

And Philemon says--"The inferior olives are called πιτυρίδες, and the
dark-coloured are called στεμφυλίδες." And Callimachus, in his "Hecale,"
gives a regular catalogue of the different kinds of olive--

     Γεργέριμος and πίτυρις, and the white olive, which does not
     Become ripe till autumn, which is to float in wine.

And according to Didymus, they called both olives and figs which had
fallen to the ground of their own accord, γεργέριμοι. Besides, without
mentioning the name "olive," the fruit itself was called by that name
δρυπετὴς, without any explanatory addition. Teleclides says--

     He urged me to remain, and eat with him
     Some δρυπετεῖς, and some maize, and have a chat with him.

But the Athenians called bruised olives στέμφυλα; and what we call στέμφυλα
they called βρύτεα, that is to say, the dregs of the grapes after they
have been pressed. And the word βρῦτος is derived from βότρυς, a bunch of

48. With respect to Radishes.--The Greek name ῥαφανὶς is derived from
ῥᾳδίως φαίνεσθαι, because they quickly appear above ground; and in the
plural the Attic writers either shorten or lengthen the penultima at
pleasure. Cratinus writes--

     Ταῖς ῥαφανῖσι δοκεῖ, it is like radishes, but not like other

and Eupolis, on the other hand, says--

     Ῥαφανίδες ἄπλυτοι, unwashed radishes and cuttle-fish.

For the word ἄπλυτοι, unwashed, must clearly refer to the radishes, and
not to the cuttle-fish; as is shown by Antiphanes, in whom we find these

     To eat ducks, and honeycombs of wild bees, and eggs,
     And cheese-cakes, and unwash'd radishes,
     And rape, and oatmeal-groats, and honey.

So that radishes appear to have been particularly called unwashed
radishes; being probably the same as those called Thasian. Pherecrates

     There one may have the unwash'd radish, and the warm
     Bath, and closely stewed pickles, and nuts.

And Plato, in his Hyperbolus, says, using the diminutive termination,
φύλλιον ἢ ῥαφανίδιον, "a leaflet, or a little radish." But Theophrastes, in
his book on Plants, says that there are five kinds of radishes: the
Corinthian, the Leiothasian, the Cleonæan, the Amorean, and the
Bœotian; and that the Bœotian, which is of a round form, is the
sweetest. And he says that, as a general rule, those the leaves of which
are smooth, are the sweetest. But Callias used the form ῥάφανος for ῥάφανις;
at all events, when discussing the antiquity of comedy, he says, "Broth,
and sausages, and radishes (ῥάφανοι), and fallen olives, and cheese-cakes."
And indeed that he meant the same as what we call ῥαφανίδες, is plainly
shown by Aristophanes, who in the Danaïdes alludes to such old forms, and

     And then the chorus used to dance,
       Clad in worsted-work and fine clothes;
     And bearing under their arms ribs of beef,
       And sausages, and radishes.

And the radish is a very economical kind of food. Amphis says--

         Whoever, when purchasing food,
     When it is in his power, O Apollo, to buy genuine fish,
     Prefers buying radishes, is downright mad!

49. With respect to Pine-cones.--Mnesitheus, the Athenian physician, in
his book on Comestibles, calls the husks of the pine-cones ὀστρακίδες, and
in another place he calls them κῶνοι. But Diocles of Carystus calls them
πιτüίνα κάρυα, _nuts of the pine-tree._ And Alexander the Myndian calls
them πιτυΐνους κώνους. And Theophrastus calls the tree πεύκη, and the fruit
κῶνος. But Hippocrates, in his book on Barley-water,--(one half of which
is considered spurious by everybody, and some people reckon the whole
so,)--calls the fruit κόκκαλοι; but most people call it πυρῆνες: as
Herodotus does, in speaking of the Pontic nut. For he says, "And this
has πυρῆνα (_a kernel_), when it becomes ripe." But Diphilus the
Siphnian says, "Pine-cones" (which he calls στρόβιλοι) "are very
nutritious, and have a tendency to soften the arteries, and to relieve
the chest, because they have some resinous qualities contained in them."
While Mnesitheus says that they fill the body with fat, and are very
free from all hindrances to the digestion; and, moreover, that they are
diuretic, and that they are free from all astringent tendencies.

50. Now with respect to Eggs.--Anaxagoras, in his book on Natural
Philosophy, says that what is called the milk of the bird is the white
which is in the eggs. And Aristophanes says--

     In the first instance, night brings forth a wind egg.

Sappho dissolves the word ὦον into a trisyllable, making it ὤïον, when
she says--

     They say that formerly Leda found an egg.

And again she says--

     Far whiter than an egg:

in each case writing ὤïον. But Epicharmus spelt the word ὤεα; for so we
find the line written--

     The eggs of geese and other poultry.

And Simonides, in the second book of his Iambics, says--

     Like the egg of a Mæandrian goose;

which he, too, writes ὤεον. But Alexandrides lengthens the word into a
quadrisyllable, and calls it ὠάριον. And so does Ephippus, when he says--

     And little casks of good wine made of palms,
     And eggs, and all other trifles of that kind.

And Alexis, somewhere or other, uses the expression, "hemispheres of
eggs." And wind eggs they called ἀνεμιαῖα, and also ὑπηνέμια. They called
also the upper chambers of houses which we now call ὑπηνέμια; and
accordingly Clearchus says, in his "Erotics," that Helen, from having
been born and brought up in a chamber of this sort, got the character,
with a great many people, of having been born of an egg (ὠοῦ). And it
was an ignorant statement of Neocles of Crotona, that the egg fell from
the moon, from which Helen was born: for that women under the influence
of the moon bring forth eggs, and that those who are born from such eggs
are fifteen times as large as we are: as Herodotus of Heraclea also
asserts. And Ibycus, in the fifth book of his Melodies, says of the

     And they slew the two young Molions, youths alike in face,
     Borne on white horses; of the same age; and
     Alike, too, in all their limbs, for both were born
     On one day, from one single silver egg.

And Ephippus says--

     Cakes made of sesame and honey, sweetmeats,
     Cheese-cakes, and cream-cakes, and a hecatomb
     Of new-laid eggs, were all devour'd by us.

And Nicomachus makes mention of such eggs--

     For when my father had left me a very little property,
     I scraped it so, and got the kernel out of it
     In a few months, as if I had been a boy sucking an egg.

And Eriphus makes mention of goose's eggs--

     Just see how white and how large these eggs are;
     These must be goose eggs, as far as I can see.

And he says, that it was eggs like this which were laid by Leda. But
Epænetus and Heraclides the Syracusan, in their book on Cookery, say
that the best of all eggs are peacock's eggs; and that the next best are
those of the foxgoose; and the third best are those of common poultry.

51. Now let us speak of provocatives to appetite, called Πρόπομα.--When
they were brought round by the butler, Ulpian said, "Does the word
πρόπομα occur in any ancient author in the sense in which we use it
now?" and when every one joined in the question, "I will tell you," said
Athenæus; "Phylarchus the Athenian, (though some called him a native of
Naucratis,) in the book where he speaks of Zelas the king of the
Bithynians, who invited to supper all the leaders of the Galatians, and
then plotted against them, and was killed himself also, says, if I
recollect his words rightly, 'A certain πρόπομα was brought round before
supper, as was the custom of antiquity.'" And when Ulpian had said this,
he asked for something to drink from the wine-cooler, saying, that he
was in good humour with himself for having been able to remember this so
very _à propos_. But there were things of all sorts, says Athenæus, used
in these πρόποματα.

52. With respect to Mallows, Hesiod says--

     Nor do men know how great may be the good
     Derived from asphodel and mallow food.

Μαλάχη is the Attic name for mallow. But I, says Athenæus, have found
in many of the copies of the Minos of Antiphanes the word spelt with an
ο; for instance, he speaks of men--

     Eating the root of mallow (μολόχης).

And Epicharmus has--

     I am milder than the mallow (μολόχης).

And Phanias says, in his book on Plants--"The seminal portions of the
cultivated mallow are called 'the cheese-cake,' as being like a
cheese-cake. For those pistils which are like the teeth of a comb have
some resemblance to the edge of a cheese-cake; and there is a bosslike
centre, like that in the middle of a cheese-cake. And the whole
circumference of the rim is like the sea-fish denominated the
sea-urchin." But Diphilus the Siphnian makes a statement, that the
mallow is full of pleasant and wholesome juice; having a tendency to
smooth the arteries, separating from them the harshnesses of the blood
by bringing them to the surface. And he adds that the mallow is of great
service in irritations of the kidneys and the bladder, and that it is
very tolerably digestible and nutritious. And moreover, that the wild
mallow is superior to that which grows in a garden. But Hermippus, the
follower of Callimachus, in his treatise on the Seven Wise Men, says
that mallows are put in what he calls the ἄλιμον, that is to say, the
preventive against hunger, and into the ἄδιψον, that is, the preventive
against thirst; and that it is a very useful ingredient in both.

53. The next thing to be mentioned are Gourds.--Euthydemus, the
Athenian, in his book on Vegetables, calls the long gourd, known as
κολοκύντη, the Indian gourd; and it is called Indian because the seed
was originally introduced from India. But the people of Megalopolis call
the same the Sicyonian gourd. Theophrastus however says, that of the
kind called κολοκύντη, there is not one species or genus only, but
several, some better, some worse. While Menodorus, the follower of
Erasistratus, the friend of Icesius, says, "Of the long gourds there is
the Indian, which is the same which we call σικύα, and which is vulgarly
called the κολοκύντη. Now the Indian gourd is usually boiled, but that
called κολοκύντη is usually roasted." And even to the present day the
κολόκυνται are called by the Cnidians Indian gourds; while the people of
the Hellespont call the long gourds σίκυαι, and the round gourds κολόκυνται.
But Diocles states that the best round gourds are those grown near
Magnesia; and, moreover, that the rape grown in that district runs to an
exceedingly large size, and is sweet, and good for the stomach. He says,
at the same time, that the best cucumbers are grown at Antioch, the best
lettuce at Smyrna and Galatea, and the best rue at Myra. Diphilus says,
"The gourd is far from nutritious, easily digested, apt to produce
moisture in the skin, promotes the secretions of the body, and is full
of agreeable and wholesome juice; but it is still more juicy when
cooked. Its alterative qualities are increased when it is eaten with
mustard, but it is more digestible, and it promotes the secretions more,
when boiled.

Mnesitheus too says, "All the vegetables and fruits which are easily
affected by the action of fire, such as the cucumber, and the gourd, and
the quince, and the small quince, and everything else of the same sort,
when they are eaten after having been roasted, afford nutriment to the
body, in no great quantity indeed, but still such as is pleasant and
promotes moisture. However all these vegetables and fruits have a
tendency to produce constipation, and they ought to be eaten boiled
rather than raw. But the Attic writers call the gourd by no other name
but κολοκύντη. Hermippus says--

     What a huge head he has; it is as big as a gourd!

And Phrynichus, using the diminutive, says--

     Will you have a little maize (μάζιον) or gourd (κολοκύντιον)?

And Epicharmus says--

     That is much more wholesome than a gourd (κολοκύντη)

54. And Epicrates the comic poet writes--

     _A._ What now is Plato doing?
          The grave Speusippus too and Menedemus?
          In what are they now spending all their time?
          What care is theirs, and what their conversation?
          What is their subject of deliberation?
          Tell me, I beg of you, by the mighty Terra,
          In learned language, if at least you know.

     _B._ Indeed, I can inform you most exactly.
          For at the great Panathenaic feast,
          I saw a company of youths assembled
          Within the schools of the old Academy,
          And heard some strange and marvellous assertions.
          For they were nature's mysteries discussing,
          Drawing distinctions subtle 'tween the life
          Of animated things, both men and beasts,
          And that of trees and all the race of herbs.
          And then, while occupied in these discussions
          They turned to gourds their deep investigations,
          Asking their species and their character.

     _A._ And to what sage conclusion did they come?
          What was their definition, of what genus
          Did they decide this plant to be, my friend?
          I pray you tell 'em, if you know at least.

     _B._ At first they all stood silent for a while,
          And gazed upon the ground and knit their brows
          In profound solemn meditation:
          Then on a sudden, while the assembled youths
          Were stooping still considering the matter,
          One said a gourd was a round vegetable;
          But others said it was a kind of grass;
          While others class'd it as a sort of tree.
          On hearing this, a certain old physician
          Coming from Sicily interrupted them
          As but a pack of triflers. They were furious,
          Greatly enraged, and all most loudly cried
          With one accord, that he insulted them;
          For that such sudden interruptions
          To philosophical discussion
          Were ill-bred and extremely unbecoming.
          And then the youths thought no more of the gourd.
          But Plato, who was present, mildly said,
          Not being at all excited by what pass'd,
          That the best thing that they could do would be
          The question to resume of the gourd's nature.
          They would not hear him, and adjourn'd the meeting.

55. Alexis, that most witty poet, sets an entire course of πρόπομα
before those who can understand him--

     I came without perceiving it on a place
     Which was exceedingly convenient.
     Water was given me; and then a servant
     Entered, and bore a table for my use;
     On which was laid, not cheese, or tawny olives,
     Or any dainty side-dishes and nonsense,
     Which fill the room with scent, but have no substance;
     But there was set before me a huge dish
     Redolent of the Seasons and the joyful Hours--
     A sort of hemisphere of the whole globe.
     Everything there was beautiful and good:
     Fish, goats' flesh, and a scorpion between them;
     Then there were eggs in half, looking like stars.
     On them we quickly laid our hands, and then
     Speaking to me, and giving me a nod,
     The host began to follow our example;
     So we'd a race, and never did I stop
     Till the whole dish was empty as a sieve.

56. With respect to Mushrooms.--Aristias says

     The stony soil produced no mushrooms.

And Poliochus has the following passage--

     Each of us twice a day received to eat
     Some small dark maize well winnow'd from the chaff,
     And carefully ground; and also some small figs.
     Meantime some of the party would begin
     And roast some mushrooms; and perhaps would catch
     Some delicate snails if 'twas a dewy morning,
     And vegetables which spontaneous grew.
     Then, too, we'd pounded olives; also wine
     Of no great strength, and no very famous vintage.

And Antiphanes says--

     Our supper is but maize well fenced round
     With chaff, so as not to o'erstep the bounds
     Of well-devised economy. An onion,
     A few side-dishes, and a sow-thistle,
     A mushroom, or what wild and tasteless roots
     The place affords us in our poverty.
     Such is our life, not much exposed to fevers;
     For no one, when there's meat, will eat of thyme,
     Not even the pupils of Pythagoras.

And a few lines afterwards he goes on--

     For which of us can know the future, or
     The fate that shall our various friends befal?
     Take now these mushrooms and for dinner roast them,
     Which I've just picked beneath the maple shade.

Cephisodorus, the pupil of Isocrates, in the treatise which he wrote
against Aristotle (and there are four books of it), reproaches the
philosopher for not having thought it worth his while to collect
proverbs, though Antiphanes had made an entire play which was called
Proverbs: from which play he produces these lines--

     For I, if I eat any of your dishes,
     Seem as if I was on raw mushrooms feeding,
     Or unripe apples, fit to choke a man.

57. Mushrooms are produced by the earth itself. But there are not many
sorts of them which are good to eat; for the greater part of them
produce a sensation of choking: on which account Epicharmus, when
jesting, said--

     You will be choked, like those who waste away
     By eating mushrooms, very heating food.

And Nicander, in his Georgics, gives a list of which species are
poisonous; and says--

                 Terrible evils oftentimes arise
     From eating olives, or pomegranates, or from the trees
     Of maple, or of oak; but worst of all
     Are the swelling sticky lumps of mushrooms.

And he says in another place--

     Bury a fig-tree trunk deep in the ground,
     Then cover it with dung, and moisten it
     With water from an everflowing brook,
     Then there will grow at bottom harmless mushrooms;
     Select of them what's good for food, and not
     Deserving of contempt, and cut the root off.

But all the rest of that passage is in a mutilated state. The same
Nicander in the same play writes--

     And there, too, you may roast the mushrooms,
     Of the kind which we call ἀμάνιται.

And Ephippus says--

     That I may choke you as a mushroom would.

Eparchides says that Euripides the poet was once staying on a visit at
Icarus, and that, when it had happened that a certain woman being with
her children in the fields, two of them being full-grown sons and the
other being an unmarried daughter, eat some poisonous mushrooms, and
died with her children in consequence, he made this epigram upon

     O Sun, whose path is through th' undying heaven,
       Have you e'er before seen a misery such as this?
     A mother, a maiden daughter, and two sons,
       All dying on one day by pitiless fate?

Diocles the Carystian, in the first book of his treatise on the
Wholesomes, says, "The following things which grow wild should be
boiled,--beetroot, mallow, sorrel, nettles, spinach, onions, leeks,
orach, and mushrooms.

58. Then there is a plant called sium. And Speusippus, in the second
book of his treatise on Things Similar, says that its leaf resembles the
marsh parsley; on which account Ptolemy the Second, surnamed Euergetes,
who was king of Egypt, insists upon it that the line in Homer ought to
be written thus--

     And around were soft meadows of _sium_ or parsley;

for that it is σία which are usually found in company with parsley, and
not ἴα (_violets_).

59. Diphilus says that mushrooms are good for the stomach, and pass
easily through the bowels, and are very nutritious, but still that they
are not very digestible, and that they are apt to produce flatulence.
And that especially those from the island of Ceos have this character.
"Many are even poisonous to a fatal degree. But those which seem to be
wholesome are those with the smoothest rinds, which are tender and
easily crushed: such as grow close to elms and pine-trees. But those
which are unwholesome are of a dark colour, or livid, or covered with
hard coats; and those too which get hard after being boiled and placed
on the table; for such are deadly to eat. But the best remedy for them
when eaten unawares is drinking honey-water, and fresh mead, and
vinegar. And after such a drink the patient should vomit. On which
account, too, it is especially desirable to dress mushrooms with
vinegar, or honey and vinegar, or honey, or salt: for by these means
their choking properties are taken away. But Theophrastus, in his
treatise about Plants, writes thus--"But plants of this kind grow both
under the ground and on the ground, like those things which some people
call fungi, which grow in company with mushrooms; for they too grow
without having any roots; but the real mushrooms have, as the beginning
by which they adhere to the ground, a stalk of some length, and they put
forth fibres from that stalk." He says also that in the sea which is
around the Pillars of Hercules, when there is a high tide, mushrooms
grow on the shore close to high-water mark, which they say are left
there by the sun. And Phænias says, in his first book about Plants--"But
these things neither put forth any bloom, nor any trace of seminal
germination; as, for instance, the mushroom, the truffle, groundivy, and
fern." And in another place he says, "Πτερὶς (fern), which some people
call βλάχνον." But Theophrastus, in his book on Plants, says--"Plants
with smooth rinds, as the truffle, the mushroom, the fungus, the

60. Now with respect to Truffles.--They too spring of their own accord
out of the ground; especially in sandy places. And Theophrastus says of
them--"The truffle, which some people call the geranium, and all other
such plants which grow beneath the earth." And in another place he
says--"The generation and production of these things which seed beneath
the earth; as, for instance, of the truffle, and of a plant which grows
around Cyrene, which they call _misy_. And it appears to be exceedingly
sweet, and to have a smell like that of meat; and so, too, has a plant
called _itum_, which grows in Thrace. And a peculiarity is mentioned as
incidental to these things; for men say that they appear when there is
heavy rain in autumn and violent thunder; especially when there is
thunder, as that is a more stimulating cause of them: however, they do
not last more than a year, as they are only annuals; they are in the
greatest perfection in the spring, when they are most plentiful. Not but
what there are people who believe that they are or can be raised from
seed. At all events, they say that they never appeared on the shore of
the Mitylenæans, until after a heavy shower some seed was brought from
Tiaræ; and that is the place where they are in the greatest numbers. But
they are principally found on the sea-shore, and wherever the ground is
sandy; and that is the character of the place called Tiaræ. They are
also found near Lampsacus, and also in Acarnania, and Alopeconnesus, and
in the district of the Eleans. Lynceus the Samian says--"The sea
produces nettles, and the land produces truffles;" and Matron, the man
who wrote parodies, says in his "Supper"--

     And he brought oysters, the truffles of Thetis the Nereid.

Diphilus says that truffles are by nature indigestible, but that they
are full of wholesome juice, and have lenitive qualities, and are
very easily evacuated; though, like mushrooms, some of them are
apt to produce suffocation. And Hegesander the Delphian says that no
truffles are found in the Hellespont, and no fish of the kind called
γλαυκίσκος, and no thyme. On which account Nausiclides said of the
country, that it had no spring and no friends. But Pamphilus says, in
his "Languages," that there is a plant called ὑδνόφυλλον, being a species
of grass which grows on the top of the truffles, by which the
truffle is discovered.

61. With respect to Nettles--Ἀκαλήφη is the name given by the Attic
writers to a plant which is herbaceous and which produces itching.
Aristophanes says, in his Phœnissæ, "that pot-herbs were the first
things which grew out of the earth; and after them the rough

62. The next thing to be considered is Asparagus--which is divided into
mountain asparagus and marsh asparagus; the best kinds of which are not
raised from seed; but they are remedies for every kind of internal
disorder. But those which are raised from seed grow to an immense size.
And they say that in Libya, among the Gætuli, they grow of the thickness
of a Cyprian reed, and twelve feet long; but that on the mountain land
and on land near the sea they grow to the thickness of large canes, and
twenty cubits long. But Cratinus writes the word, not ἀσπάραγος, but
ἀσφάραγος, with a φ. And Theopompus says--

     And then seeing the aspharagus in a thicket.

And Ameipsias says--

     No squills, no aspharagus, no branches of bay-tree.

But Diphilus says, that of all greens, that sort of asparagus which is
especially called the bursting asparagus, is better for the stomach, and
is more easily digested; but that it is not very good for the eyes: and
it is harsh-flavoured and diuretic, and injurious to the kidneys and
bladder. But it is the Athenians who give it the name of bursting; and
they also give the flowering cabbage, or cauliflower, the same name.
Sophocles says, in The Huntsmen--

     Then it puts forth a stalk, and never ceases
     The germination;

because it is continually bursting out and putting forth shoots.
However, Antiphanes always spells the word ἀσπάραγος, with a π; and he
writes thus--

     The asparagus was shining; the pale vetches had faded.

And Aristophon says--"Capers, pennyroyal, thyme, asparagus, garlic;
radishes, sage, and rue."

63. With respect to Snails.--Philyllius says--

     I am not a grasshopper, nor a snail, O woman.

And in a subsequent passage he says--

     Sprats, tunny fish, and snails, and periwinkles.

And Hesiod calls the snail,

     The hero that carries his house on his back.

And Anaxilas says--

     You are e'en more distrustful than a snail;
     Who fears to leave even his house behind him.

And Achæus speaks of them, and says--

     Can such a vapour strange produce
       The snails, those horned monsters?

And an enigma, like a fishing-net, having reference to the snail, is
often proposed at banquets, in these terms--

     What is that spineless bloodless beast of the woods,
     Who makes his path amid the humid waters.

And Aristotle, in the fifth book of his treatise on the Parts of
Animals, says--"Snails appear to become pregnant in the autumn and in
spring, and they are the only animals with coverings of shells that have
ever been detected in union." But Theophrastus says, in his treatise
about Animals which live in Holes--"Snails live in holes during the
winter, and still more in the summer, on which account they are seen in
the greatest numbers during the autumn rains. But their holes in the
summer are made upon the ground, and in the trees." There are some
snails which are called σέσιλοι. Epicharmus says--

     Instead of all these animals, they have locusts;
     But I hate above all things the shell of the sesilus.

And Apellas relates that the Lacedæmonians call the snail σέμελος. But
Apollodorus, in the second book of his Etymologies, says that there are
some snails which are called κωλυσιδειπνοι, _interrupters of banquets_.

64. The next vegetable to be mentioned is Onions.--In the Amalthea of
Eubulus, Hercules is represented as refusing to eat them; saying--

     Whether it's hot, or whether it is dry,
     Or whether it is something 'tween the two,
     Are points of more importance than old Troy.
     But I have not come here to fill myself
     With cabbages, or benjamin, or other
     Impious and bitter danties, or with onions.
     But that which tends the most to vigorous strength
     And health is food which I delight in chiefly.
     Meat of beef, boil'd and fresh, and plenty of it,
     And a large well-filled dish of oxen's feet,
     Three roasting pigs besides, sprinkled with salt.

Alexis, while explaining the efficacy of onions in aphrodisiac matters,

     Pinnas, beetles, snails, muscles, eggs, calves'-feet,
     And many other philters, may be found
     More useful still to one who loves his mistress.

Xenarchus, in the Butalion, says--

     A house is ruined which has a master
     Whose fortune's gone, and whom the evil genius
     Has struck. And so the once great house of the Pelops
     Is weak and nerveless. Nor can earth-born onion,
     Fair Ceres' handmaid, who contracts the neck,
     Even when boiled, assist to check this evil.
     Nor e'en the polypus, who swells the veins,
     Born in dark eddies of the deepest sea,
     When taken in the net of stern necessity
     By hungry mortals, fill the broad deep bosom
     Of the large dish turn'd by the potter's wheel.

And Archestratus says--

     I love not onions, nor yet cabbages,
     Nor the sweet barberry-tree, nor all the other
     Dainties and sweetmeats of the second course.

65. Heraclides the Tarentine, in his Banquet, says--"The onion, and the
snail, and the egg, and similar things, appear to be productive of seed;
not because they are very nutritious, but because their original natures
are similar, and because their powers resemble that." And Diphilus
says--"Onions are difficult to digest, but very nutritious, and good for
the stomach. And, moreover, they are productive of moisture, and
cleansing, but they dim the eyes, and excite the amatory propensities.
But the proverb says--

     The onion will do you no good if you have no strength yourself.

But those onions which are called the _royal_ onions, really do
stimulate the amatory propensities, for they are superior to the other
kinds; and next to them are the red ones. But the white ones, and the
Libyan onions, are something like squills. But the worst of all are the

66. But the white onions, called βόλβιναι, are fuller of good juice than
the common onions; but they are not so good for the stomach, because the
white portion of them has a certain thickness in it. Yet they are very
tolerably wholesome, because they have a good deal of harshness in them,
and because they promote the secretions. And Matron, in his Parodies,
mentions the βολβίνη--

     But sowthistles I will not even name,
     Plants full of marrow, crown'd on th' heads with thorns;
     Nor the white onions, minstrels of great Jove,
     Which his dear Child, incessant rain, has nourish'd
     Whiter than snow storms, and like meal to view,
     Which, when they first appeared, my stomach loved.

67. Nicander extols the onions of Megara. But Theophrastus, in the
seventh book of his treatise on Plants, says--"In some places the onions
are so sweet, that they are eaten raw, as they are in the Tauric
Chersonesus." And Phænias makes the same statement:--"There is," says
he, "a kind of onion which bears wool, according to Theophrastus; and it
is produced on the sea-shore. And it has the wool underneath its first
coat, so as to be between the outer eatable parts and the inner ones.
And from this wool socks and stockings and other articles of clothing
are woven." And Phænias himself adopts the statement. "But the onion,"
he continues, "of the Indians is hairy." But concerning the dressing of
onions, Philemon says--

     Now if you want an onion, just consider
     What great expense it takes to make it good:
     You must have cheese, and honey, and sesame,
     Oil, leeks, and vinegar, and assafœtida,
     To dress it up with; for by itself the onion
     Is bitter and unpleasant to the taste.

But Heraclides the Tarentine, limiting the use of onions at banquets,
says--"One must set bounds to much eating, especially of such things as
have anything glutinous or sticky about them; as, for instance, eggs,
onions, calves' feet, snails, and such things as those: for they remain
in the stomach a long time, and form a lump there, and check the
natural moisture."

68. Thrushes, too, and crowds of other birds, formed part of the dishes
in the propomata. Teleclides says--

     But roasted thrushes with sweet cheese-cakes served
     Flew of their own accord down the guests' throats.

But the Syracusans call thrushes, not κίχλαι, but κίχηλαι. Epicharmus says--

     The thrushes (κίχηλαι) fond of eating the olive.

And Aristophanes also, in his "Clouds," mentions the same birds. But
Aristotle asserts that there are three kinds of thrushes; the first and
largest kind of which is nearly equal to a jay; and they call it also
the _ixophagus_, since it eats the mistletoe. The next kind is like a
blackbird in size, and they call them _trichades_. The third kind is
less than either of the before-mentioned sorts, and is called _illas_,
but some call it _tylas_, as Alexander the Myndian does. And this is a
very gregarious species, and builds its nest as the swallow does.

There is a short poem, which is attributed to Homer, and which is
entitled ἐπικιχλίδες, which has received this title from the circumstance
of Homer singing it to his children, and receiving thrushes as his
reward,--at least, this is the account given by Menæchmus, in his
treatise on Artists.

69. There is a bird called the συκαλὶς, or figpecker. And Alexander the
Myndian asserts--"One of the tits is called by some people _elæus_,
and by others _pirias_; but when the figs become ripe, it gets the name
of _sycalis_." And there are two species of this bird, the sycalis and
the μελαγκόρυφος, or blackcap. Epicharmus spells the word with two λλ, and
writes συκαλλίδες. He speaks of beautiful συκαλλίδες: and in a subsequent
passage he says--

     And herons were there with their long bending necks,
     And grouse who pick up seed, and beautiful sycallides.

And these birds are caught at the season when figs are ripe. And it is
more correct to spell the name with only one λ; but Epicharmus put in
the second λ because of the metre.

70. There is a kind of finch, too, which was sometimes eaten, of which
Eubulus says,

       *       *       *       *       *

And Ephippus says, in his "Geryones"--

     When 'twas the Amphidromian festival,
     When 'tis the custom to toast bits of cheese
     O' the Chersonesus; and to boil a cabbage,
     Bedewed with shining oil; and eke to bake
     The breasts of fat and well-fed lambs; to pluck
     The feathers from the thrushes, doves and finches;
     And also to eat cuttle-fish with anchovies,
     And baskets of rich polypus to collect,
     And to drink many cups of unmixed wine.

71. Then, too, there are blackbirds.--Nicostratus or Philetærus says--

     _A._ What then shall I buy? Tell me, I pray you.

     _B._ Go not to more expense than a neat table;
          Buy a rough-footed hare; some ducklings too,
          As many as you like; thrushes, and blackbirds,
          And other small birds; there are many wild sorts.

     _A._ Yes, and they're very nice.

Antiphanes also reckons starlings among the eatable birds, numerating
them in the following list--"Honey, partridges, pigeons, ducks, geese,
starlings, jays, rooks, blackbirds, quails, and pullets."

You are asking of us for a history of everything, and you do not allow
us to say a single thing without calling us to account for it. The word
στρουθάριον (a little bird) is found in many other authors, and also in
Eubulus. He says, "Take three or four partridges, and three hares, and
as many small birds as you can eat, and goldfinches, and parrots, and
finches, and nightjars, and whatever other birds of this kind you can
come across."

72. Swine's brains, too, was a not uncommon dish. Philosophers used to
forbid our eating these, saying that a person who partook of them might
as well eat a bear, and would not stick at eating his father's head, or
anything else imaginable. And they said, that at all events none of the
ancients had ever eaten them, because they were the seat of nearly all
sensation. But Apollodorus the Athenian says, that none of the ancients
ever even named the brain. And at all events Sophocles, in his
Trachiniæ, where he represents Hercules as throwing Lichas into the sea,
does not use the word ἐγκέφαλον, _brains_, but says λευκὸν μυελὸς, white marrow;
avoiding a word which it was thought ill-omened to use:--

     And from his hair he forces the white marrow,
     His head being burst asunder in the middle,
     And the blood flows:

though he had named all the rest of his limbs plainly enough. And
Euripides, introducing Hecuba lamenting for Astyanax, who had been
thrown down by the Greeks, says--

     Unhappy child, how miserably have
     Your native city's walls produced your death,
     And dash'd your head in pieces! Fatal towers,
     Which Phœbus builded! How did your mother oft
     Cherish those curly locks, and press upon them
     With never-wearied kisses! now the blood
     Wells from that wound, where the bones broken gape;
     But some things are too horrid to be spoken.

The lines too which follow these are worth stopping to consider. But
Philocles does employ the word ἐγκέφαλον--

     He never ceased devouring even the brains (ἐγκέφαλον).

And Aristophanes says--

                       I would be content
     To lose two membranes of the ἐγκέφαλον.

And others, too, use the word. So that it must have been for the sake of
the poetical expression that Sophocles said "white marrow." But
Euripides not choosing openly to display to sight an unseemly and
disgusting object, revealed as much as he chose. And they thought the
head sacred, as is plain by their swearing by it; and by their even
venerating sneezes, which proceed from the head, as holy. And we, to
this day, confirm our arrangements and promises by nodding the head. As
the Jupiter of Homer says--

     Come now, and I will nod my head to you.

73. Now all these things were put into the dishes which were served up
as propomata: pepper, green leaves, myrrh, galingal, Egyptian ointment.
Antiphanes says--

     If any one buys pepper and brings it home,
     They torture him by law like any spy.

And in a subsequent passage he says--

     Now is the time for a man to go and find pepper,
     And seed of orach, and fruit, and buy it, and bring it here.

And Eubulus says--

     Just take some Cnidian grains, or else some pepper,
     And pound them up with myrrh, and strew around.

And Ophelion says--

     Pepper from Libya take, and frankincense,
     And Plato's heaven-inspired book of wisdom.

And Nicander says, in his Theriaca--

     Take the conyza's woolly leaves and stalks,
     And often cut new pepper up, and add
     Cardamums fresh from Media.

And Theophrastus, in his History of Plants, says--"Pepper indeed is a
fruit: and there are two kinds of it; the one is round, like a vetch,
having a husk, and is rather red in colour; but the other is oblong,
black, and full of seeds like poppy-seeds. But this kind is much
stronger than the other. Both kinds are heating, on which account they
are used as remedies for, and antidotes against, hemlock." And in his
treatise on Suffocation, he writes--"And people who are suffocated are
recovered by an infusion of vinegar and pepper, or else by the fruit of
the nettle when crushed." But we must recollect that, properly speaking,
there is no noun of the neuter gender among the Greeks ending in ι,
except μέλι alone; for the words πέπερι, and κόμμι, and κοῖφι are foreign.

74. Let us now speak of oil.--Antiphanes or Alexis makes mention of the
Samian Oil, saying--

     This man you see will be a measurer
     Of that most white of oils, the Samian oil.

Ophelion makes mention also of Carian oil, and says--

     The man anointed was with Carian oil.

Amyntas, in his treatise on Persian Weights and Measures, says--"The
mountains there bear turpentine and mastic trees, and Persian nuts, from
which they make a great deal of oil for the king. And Ctesias says, that
in Carmania there is made an oil which is extracted from thorns, which
the king uses. And he, in his third book of his treatise on the Revenues
derived from Asia, making a list of all the things which are prepared
for the king for his supper, makes no mention of pepper, or of vinegar,
which of itself is the very best of all seasonings. Nor does Deinon, in
his Persian History; though he does say that ammoniac salt is sent up to
the king from Egypt, and water from the Nile. Theophrastus also mentions
an oil which he calls ὠμοτριβὲς, that is to say, _extracted raw_, in his
treatise on Scents, saying that it is produced from the large coarse
olives called _phaulian_, and from almonds. Amphis also speaks of the
oil which is produced amongst the Thurians, as exceedingly fine--

     Oil from the Thurians comes; from Gela lentils.

75. Pickle is a thing often mentioned. Cratinus says--

     Your basket will be full of briny pickle.

And Pherecrates says--

     His beard was all besmear'd with pickle juice.

And Sophocles, in his Triptolemus, says--

     Eating this briny season'd pickle.

And Plato the comic writer says--

     These men will choke me, steeping me in putrid pickle.

But the word γάρος, _pickle_, is a masculine noun. As Æschylus proves,
when he says καὶ τὸν ἰχθύων γἁρον.

76. Vinegar too was much used by the ancients, and this is the only
seasoning to which the Attics give the name of ἧδος, as if it were akin
to ἡδὺς, _sweet_. And Chrysippus the philosopher says, that the best
vinegar is the Egyptian and the Cnidian. But Aristophanes, in his
Plutus, says--

     Sprinkling it o'er with Sphettian vinegar.

Didymus explaining this verse says, "Perhaps he says Sphettian because
the Sphettians are sour-tempered people." And somewhere or other he
mentions vinegar from Cleonæ, as being most excellent, saying, "And at
Cleonæ there are manufactories of vinegar." We find also in Diphilus--

     _A._ He first takes off his coat, and then he sups,
          After what fashion think you?

                                        _B._ Why, like a Spartan.

     _A._ A measure then of vinegar . . . .

                                            _B._ Bah!

                                                      _A._ Why bah?

     _B._ A measure holds but such and such a quantity
          Of the best Cleonæan vinegar.

And Philonides says--

     Their seasonings have not vinegar sufficient.

But Heraclides the Tarentine, in his Symposium, says, "Vinegar has a
tendency to make the exterior parts coagulate, and it affects the
strings within the stomach in a very similar manner; but any parts which
are tumid it dissolves, because forsooth different humours are mixed up
in us." And Alexis used to admire above all others the Decelean vinegar,
and says--

     You have compell'd me to bring forth from thence
     Four half-pint measures full of vinegar
     From Decelea, and now drag me through
     The middle of the forum.

The word ὀξύγαρον must be spelt so, with a υ, and the vessel which receives
it is called ὀξύβαφον. And so Lysias, in the speech against Theopompus when
on his trial for an assault, says, "But I myself drink ὀξύμελι." And so too
we must call oil of roses mixed with vinegar ὀξυρόδινον, spelling all the
words thus compounded in this manner with a υ.

77. Seasonings are mentioned even by Sophocles. In his Phæacians we find
the expression,

     And seasoning for food.

And in Æschylus too we read--

     You are steeping the seasonings.

And Theopompus says--"Many bushels of seasonings, and many sacks and
bags of books, and of all other things which may be useful for life." In
Sophocles too the expression is found--

     I like a cook will cleverly season . . . .

And Cratinus says in the Glaucus--

     It is not every one who can season, skilfully.

And Eupolis speaks of

     Very bad vinegar seasoned in an expensive way.

And Antiphanes, in his Leucas, gives the following catalogue of

     Dried grapes, and salt, and eke new wine
     Newly boiled down, and assafœtida,
     And cheese, and thyme, and sesame,
     And nitre too, and cummin seed,
     And sumach, honey, and marjoram,
     And herbs, and vinegar and oil
     And sauce of onions, mustard and capers mix'd,
     And parsley, capers too, and eggs,
     And lime, and cardamums, and th' acid juice
     Which comes from the green fig-tree, besides lard
     And eggs and honey and flour wrapp'd in fig-leaves,
     And all compounded in one savoury forcemeat.

The ancients were well acquainted with the Ethiopian cardamum. We must
take notice that they used the words θύμος and ὀρίγανος as masculine nouns.
And so Anaxandrides says--

     Cutting asparagus and squills and marjoram, (ὃς)
     Which gives the pickle an aristocratic taste,
     When duly mixed (μιχθεὶς) with coriander seed.

And Ion says--

     But in a hurried manner in his hand
     He hides the marjoram (τὸν ὀρίγανον).

Plato however, or Cantharus, used it as feminine, saying--

           She from Arcadia brought
     The harshly-tasted (τὴν δριμυτάτην) marjoram.

Epicharmus and Ameipsias both use it as a neuter noun; but Nicander, in
his Melissurgica, uses θύμος as masculine.

78. Cratinus used the word πέπονες, which properly means merely full
ripe, in speaking of the cucumbers which give seed, in his Ulysses--

     Tell me, O wisest son of old Laertes,
     Have you e'er seen a friend of yours in Paros
     Buy a large cucumber that's run to seed?

And Plato says in his Laius--

                       Do you not see
     That Meleager, son of mighty Glaucon,
     . . . . Goes about every where like a stupid cuckoo,
     With legs like the seedless πέπων cucumber?

And Anaxilas says--

              His ankles swell'd
     Larger than e'en a πέπων cucumber.

And Theopompus says of a woman--

             She was to me
     More tender than a πέπων cucumber.

Phænias says, "Both the σίκυος and the πέπων are tender to eat, with the
stem on which they grow; however the seed is not to be eaten, but the
outside only, when they are fully ripe; but the gourd called κολοκύντη,
when raw is not eatable, but is very good either boiled or roasted. And
Diocles the Carystian, in the first book of his treatise on Wholesome
Things, says that "of wild vegetables the following should be boiled
before eating: the lettuce (the best kind of which is the black); the
cardamum; mustard from the Adriatic; onions (the best kinds are the
Ascalonian, and that called getian); garlic, that other kind of garlic
called physinga, the πέπων cucumber, and the poppy." And a little
afterwards he says, "The πέπων cucumber is better for the stomach and
more digestible; though every cucumber when boiled is tender, never
gives any pain, and is diuretic; but that kind called πέπων when boiled
in mead has very aperient qualities. And Speusippus, in his treatise on
Similarities, calls the πέπων by the name of σικύα. But Diocles having
named the πέπων, does not any longer call it σικύα: and Speusippus after
having named the σικύα never names the πέπων. Diphilus says, the πέπων
is more full of wholesome juice, and moderates the humours of the body,
but it is not very nutritious; it is easily digested, and promotes the

79. The lettuce was in great request as an article of food. Its name is
θρῖδαξ, but the Attics call it θριδακίνη. Epicharmus says--

     A lettuce (θρῖδαξ) with its stalk peel'd all the way up.

But Strattis calls lettuces θριδακινίδες, and says--

     The leek-destroying grubs, which go
       Throughout the leafy gardens
     On fifty feet, and leave their trace,
       Gnawing all herbs and vegetables;
     Leading the dances of the long-tailed satyrs
       Amid the petals of the verdant herbs,
     And of the juicy lettuces (θριδακινίδες),
       And of the fragrant parsley.

And Theophrastus says, "Of lettuce (θριδακίνη) the white is the sweeter and
the more tender: there are three kinds; there is the lettuce with the
broad stalk, and the lettuce with the round stalk, and in the third
place there is the Lacedæmonian lettuce--its leaf is like that of a
thistle, but it grows up straight and tall, and it never sends up any
side shoots from the main stalk. But some plants of the broad kind are
so very broad in the stalk that some people even use them for doors to
their gardens. But when the stalks are cut, then those which shoot again
are the sweetest of any."

80. But Nicander the Colophonian, in the second part of his Dictionary,
says that the lettuce is called βρένθις by the Cyprians. And it was
towards a plant of this kind that Adonis was flying when he was slain by
the boar. Amphis in his Ialemus says--

     Curse upon all these lettuces (θριδάκιναι)!
     For if a man not threescore years should eat them,
     And then betake himself to see his mistress,
     He'll toss the whole night through, and won't be equal
     To her expectations or his own.

And Callimachus says that Venus hid Adonis under a lettuce, which is an
allegorical statement of the poet's, intended to show that those who
are much addicted to the use of lettuces are very little adapted for
pleasures of love. And Eubulus says in his Astuti--

     Do not put lettuces before me, wife,
     Upon the table; or the blame is yours.
     For once upon a time, as goes the tale,
     Venus conceal'd the sadly slain Adonis
     Beneath the shade of this same vegetable;
     So that it is the food of dead men, or of those
     Who scarcely are superior to the dead.

Cratinus also says that Venus when in love with Phaon hid him also in
the leaves of the lettuce: but the younger Marsyas says that she hid him
amid the grass of barley.

Pamphilus in his book on Languages says, that Hipponax called the
lettuce τετρακίνη: but Clitarchus says that it is the Phrygians who give
it this name. Ibycus the Pythagorean says that the lettuce is at its
first beginning a plant with a broad leaf, smooth, without any stalk,
and is called by the Pythagoreans _the eunuch_, and by the women
ἄστυτις; for that it makes the men diuretic and powerless for the calls
of love: but it is exceedingly pleasant to the taste.

81. Diphilus says that "the stalk of the lettuce is exceedingly
nutritious, and more difficult of digestion than the leaves; but that
the leaves are more apt to produce flatulence, and are still more
nutritious, and have a greater tendency to promote the secretions. And
as a general rule the lettuce is good for the stomach, cooling and
wholesome for the bowels, soporific, full of pleasant and wholesome
juice, and certainly has a great tendency to make men indifferent to
love. But the softer lettuce is still better for the stomach, and still
more soporific; while that which is harder and drier is both less good
for the stomach and less wholesome for the bowels; that, however, is
also soporific. But the black lettuce is more cooling, and is good for
the bowels; and summer lettuce is full of wholesome juice, and more
nutritious; but that which is in season at the end of autumn is not
nutritious, and has no juice. And the stalk of the lettuce appears to be
a remedy against thirst." And the lettuce when boiled like asparagus in
a dish, if we adopt the statement of Glaucias, is superior to all other
boiled vegetables.

Among some of the other nations Theophrastus says that beetroot, and
lettuce, and spinach, and mustard, and sorrel, and coriander, and anise,
and cardamums, are all called ἐπίσπορα, things fit to be sown for the
second crop. And Diphilus says that, as a general rule, all vegetables
have but little nutriment in them, and have all of them a tendency to
make people thin, and are devoid of wholesome juices, and moreover stay
a long while in the stomach, and are not very digestible. But Epicharmus
speaks of some as summer vegetables.

82. Artichokes were often eaten. And Sophocles, in his Colchian Women,
calls an artichoke κινάρα, but in his Phœnix he writes the word κύναρος,

     The artichoke fills every field with its thorn.

But Hecatæus the Milesian, in his Description of Asia, at least if the
book under this title is a genuine work of that author, (for Callimachus
attributes it to Nesiotas;) however, whoever it was who wrote the book
speaks in these terms--"Around the sea which is called the Hyrcanian sea
there are mountains lofty and rough with woods, and on the mountains
there is the prickly artichoke." And immediately afterwards he
subjoins--"Of the Parthian tribes the Chorasmians dwell towards the
rising sun, having a territory partly champaign and partly mountainous.
And in the mountains there are wild trees; the prickly artichoke, the
willow, the tamarisk." He says moreover that the artichoke grows near
the river Indus. And Scylax, or Polemo, writes, "that that land is well
watered with fountains and with canals, and on the mountains there grow
artichokes and many other plants." And immediately afterwards he adds,
"From that point a mountain stretches on both sides of the river Indus,
very lofty, and very thickly overgrown with wild wood and the prickly

But Didymus the grammarian, explaining what is meant by Sophocles when
he speaks of the prickly artichoke (which he calls κύναρος), says,
"Perhaps he means the dog-brier, because that plant is prickly and
rough; for the Pythian priestess did call that plant a wooden bitch. And
the Locrian, after he had been ordered by an oracle to build a city in
that place in which he was bitten by a wooden bitch, having had his leg
scratched by a dog-brier, built the city in the place where the brier
had stood. And there is a plant called the dog-brier, something between
a brier and a tree, according to the statement of Theophrastus, and it
has a red fruit, like a pomegranate, and it has a leaf like that of the

83. Phænias, in the fifth book of his treatise on Plants, speaks of one
which he calls the Sicilian cactus, a very prickly plant. As also does
Theophrastus, in his sixth book about Plants, who says, "But the plant
which is called the cactus exists only in Sicily, and is not found in
Greece: and it sends forth stalks close to the ground, just above the
root. And the stalks are the things which are called cacti: and they are
eatable as soon as they are peeled, and rather bitter; and they preserve
them in brine. But there is a second kind, which sends up a straight
stalk, which they call πτέρνιξ; and that also is eatable. The shell of
the fruit, as soon as the outer soft parts have been taken away, is like
the inside of a date: that also is eatable; and the name of that is
ἀσκάληρον." But who is there who would not place such belief in these
assertions as to say confidently that this cactus is the same as that
plant which is called by the Romans _carduus_, or thistle; as the Romans
are at no great distance from Sicily, and as it is evidently the same
plant which the Greeks call κινάρα, or the artichoke? For if you merely
change two letters, κάρδος and κάκτος will be the same word.

And Epicharmus also shows us plainly this, when he puts down the cactus
in his catalogue of eatable vegetables; in this way--"The poppy, fennel,
and the rough cactus; now one can eat of the other vegetables when
dressed with milk, if he bruises them and serves them up with rich
sauce, but by themselves they are not worth much." And in a subsequent
passage he says--"Lettuces, pines, squills, radishes, cacti." And again
he says--"A man came from the country, bringing fennel, and cacti, and
lavender, and sorrel, and chicory, and thistles, and ferns, and the
cactus, and dractylus, and otostyllus, and scolium, and seni, and
onopordus." And Philetas the Coan poet says--

     A fawn about to die would make a noise,
     Fearing the venom of the thorny cactus.

84. And, indeed, Sopater the Paphian, who was born in the time of
Alexander the son of Philip, and who lived even till the time of the
second Ptolemy king of Egypt, called the artichoke κίναρα just as we
do, as he himself declares in one of the books of his history. But
Ptolemy Euergetes the king of Egypt, being one of the pupils of
Aristarchus the grammarian, in the second book of his Commentaries
writes thus--"Near Berenice, in Libya, is the river Lethon, in which
there is the fish called the pike, and the chrysophrys, and a great
multitude of eels, and also of lampreys which are half as big again as
those which come from Macedonia and from the Copaic lake. And the whole
stream is full of fishes of all sorts. And in that district there are a
great quantity of anchovies, and the soldiers who composed our army
picked them, and ate them, and brought them to us, the generals having
stripped them of their thorns. I know, too, that there is an island
called Cinarus, which is mentioned by Semus.

85. Now with respect to what is called the Brain of the
Palm.--Theophrastus, speaking of the plant of the palm-tree, states,
"The manner of cultivating it, and of its propagation from the fruit, is
as follows: when one has taken off the upper rind, one comes to a
portion in which is what is called the brain." And Xenophon, in the
second book of the Anabasis, writes as follows: "There, too, the
soldiers first ate the brain of the palm or date-tree. And many of them
marvelled at its appearance, and at the peculiarity of its delicious
flavour. But it was found to have a great tendency to produce headache;
but the date, when the brain was taken out of it, entirely dried up."
Nicander says in his Georgics--

     And at the same time cutting off the branches
     Loaded with dates they bring away the brain,
     A dainty greatly fancied by the young.

And Diphilus the Siphnian states--"The brains of the dates are filling
and nutritious; still they are heavy and not very digestible: they cause
thirst, too, and constipation of the stomach."

But we, says Athenæus, O my friend Timocrates, shall appear to keep our
brains to the end, if we stop this conversation and the book at this

_Some Fragments omitted in the Second Book of the Deipnosophists of

86. Menander says--

     It is a troublesome thing to fall in with
       An entire party of none but relations;
     Where as soon as he has taken his cup in his hand
       The father first begins the discourse,
     And stammers out his recommendations:
     Then after him the mother, in the second place;
       And then some old aunt gossips and chatters;
     And then some harsh-voiced old man,
       The father of the aunt aforesaid; then too
     Another old woman calls him her darling:
     And he nods assent to all that is said.

87. And a little afterwards he says--

     Before the shade they wear a purple cloth,
     And then this comes after the purple;
     Being itself neither white nor purple,
     But a ray of the brilliancy of the woof as it were
     Of divers colours curiously blended.

            *       *       *       *       *

Antiphanes says: "What do you say? Will you not bring something hither
to the door which we may eat? and then I will sit on the ground and eat
it as the beggars do: and any one may see me."

       *       *       *       *       *

The same man says in another place--

                          Prepare then
     A fanner to cool me, a dish, a tripod, a cup,
     An ewer, a mortar, a pot, and a spoon.

            *       *       *       *       *

_About the Ascent of the Nile._

88. Thales the Milesian, one of the seven wise men, says that the
overflowing of the Nile arises from the Etesian winds; for that they
blow up the river, and that the mouths of the river lie exactly opposite
to the point from which they blow; and accordingly that the wind blowing
in the opposite direction hinders the flow of the waters; and the waves
of the sea, dashing against the mouth of the river, and coming on with a
fair wind in the same direction, beat back the river, and in this manner
the Nile becomes full to overflowing. But Anaxagoras the natural
philosopher says that the fulness of the Nile arises from the snow
melting; and so, too, says Euripides, and some others of the tragic
poets. And Anaxagoras says that this is the sole origin of all that
fulness; but Euripides goes further, and describes the exact place where
this melting of the snow takes place; for in his play called "Archelaus"
he speaks thus:--

     Danaus, the noble sire of fifty daughters,
     Leaving the Nile, the fairest stream on earth,
     Fill'd by the summer of the Æthiop land,
     The negro's home, when the deep snow does melt,
     And o'er the land the Sun his chariot drives.

And in the "Helen" he says something similar:--

     These are the beauteous virgin streams of Nile,
     Which in the place of rain bedew the plain
     Of Egypt when the white snow melts on th' hills.

And Æschylus says--

     I know its history, and love to praise
     The race of the Æthiop land, where mighty Nile
     Rolls down his seven streams the country through,
     When the spring winds bring down the heavy waters;
     What time the sun shining along that land
     Dissolves the mountain snow; and the whole land
     Of flourishing Egypt, fill'd with th' holy stream,
     Sends forth the vital ears of corn of Ceres.

89. And Callisthenes the historian argues against what I quoted just now
as stated by Anaxagoras and Euripides: and he, too, declares his own
opinion,--that as there is much very heavy and continued rain in
Æthiopia about the time of the rising of the Dogstar, and from that
period till the rising of Arcturus, and as the Etesian winds blow at
about the same time, (for these are the winds which he says have the
greatest tendency to bring the clouds over Æthiopia,) when the clouds
fall upon the mountains in that region, a vast quantity of water bursts
forth, in consequence of which the Nile rises. But Democritus says that
about the winter solstice there are heavy falls of snow in the countries
around the north; but that when the sun changes its course, at the
summer solstice, the snow being melted and evaporated by the warmth,
clouds are formed, and then the Etesian gales catch hold of them, and
drive them towards the south; and when these clouds are all driven
together towards Æthiopia and Libya, a mighty rain ensues, and the water
from that flows down the mountains and fills the Nile. This, then, is
the cause which Democritus alleges for this fulness of the Nile.

90. But Euthymenes the Massiliote says, speaking of his own knowledge,
acquired in a voyage which he had made, that the sea outside the Pillars
of Hercules flows towards Libya and turns up and proceeds towards the
north; and that then, being driven back by the Etesian gales, it is
raised to a height by the winds, and flows high at that time; but, when
the Etesian gales cease, it recedes. He says moreover, that that sea is
sweet to the taste, and that it contains monsters like the crocodiles
and the hippopotami in the Nile.

But Œnopides the Chian says, that in winter the sources of the river
are dried up, but in the summer they are thawed and flow; and so that
for the sake of filling up the previous dryness, the rains from heaven
cooperate with * * * * * * * * And on this account the river is smaller
in winter and is full in summer.

But Herodotus gives an explanation quite contrary to that of the rest of
those who have discussed this subject, but agreeing with the explanation
of Œnopides; for he says that the stream of the Nile is of such
magnitude as always to fill the river; but that the sun, as it makes its
journey through Libya in the winter, dries up the river at that time;
but that as it has gone off towards the north at the time of the summer
solstice, then the river becomes full again, and overflows the plains.

Now these are the mouths of the Nile:--towards Arabia, the Pelusiac
mouth; towards Libya, the Canopic: and the rest are,--the Bolbitic, the
Sebennytic, the Mendesian, the Saitic, and the Opuntic.


[62:1] We find something like this in Theoc. xxix. 1.

     Οἶνος, ὦ φίλε παῖ, λέγεται καὶ ἀλάθεα.

[64:1] Ἀκρατοπότης, drinker of unmixed wine.

[64:2] Φειδίτια was the Spartan name for the συσσίτια. _Vide_ Smith, Dict.
Ant. p. 928. _b_.

[65:1] Iliad, xvii. 180.

[66:1] Odyss. ix. 6.

[67:1] Odyss. v. 70.

[67:2] Ib. xii. 360.

[67:3] Iliad, xxii. 149.

[67:4] Ib. xi. 266.

[68:1] Iliad, xi. 477.

[74:1] Ἐπιφάνης, illustrious. Ἐπιμανὴς, mad.

[82:1] A cubit was about 18-1/4 inches.

[84:1] The description of the mulberry given here, shows that it is
rather a blackberry than our modern mulberry.

[89:1] Liddell and Scott quote Arist. Pac. 1136, to show that
ἐρέβινθοι were eaten roasted like chestnuts, and sometimes raw, for


1. Callimachus the grammarian said that a great book was equivalent to a
great evil.

With respect to Ciboria, or Egyptian beans, Nicander says in his

     You may sow the Egyptian bean, in order in summer
     To make its flowers into garlands; and when the ciboria
     Have fallen, then give the ripe fruit to the youths
     Who are feasting with you, into their hands, as they have been a
         long time
     Wishing for them; but roots I boil, and then place on the table at

But when Nicander speaks of "roots," he means the things which are
called by the Alexandrians _colocasia_; as he says elsewhere--

     Have peel'd the beans, and cut up the colocasia.

Now there is at Sicyon a temple to the Colocasian Minerva. There is also
a kind of cup called κιβώριον.[122:1]

2. Theophrastus, in his book on Plants, writes thus: "The bean in Egypt
grows in marshes and swamps; and its stalk is in length, when it is at
the largest, about four cubits; but in thickness, it is as thick as
one's finger: and it is like a long reed, only without joints. But it
has divisions within, running through the whole of it, like honeycombs.
And on this stalk is the head and the flower, being about twice the size
of a poppy; and its colour is like that of a rose, very full coloured;
and it puts forth large leaves. But the root is thicker than the
thickest reed, and it has divisions like the stalk. And people eat it
boiled, and roasted, and raw. And the men who live near the marshes eat
it very much. It grows, too, in Syria and in Cilicia, but those
countries do not ripen it thoroughly. It grows, too, around Torone in
Chalcidice, in a marsh of moderate size, and that place ripens it, and
it brings its fruit to perfection there. But Diphilus the Siphnian says,
"The root of the Egyptian bean, which is called colocasium, is very good
for the stomach, and very nutritious, but it is not very digestible,
being very astringent; and that is the best which is the least woolly.
But the beans which are produced by the plant called _ciborium_, when
they are green are indigestible, not very nutritious, easily pass
through one, and are apt to cause flatulence; but when they are dry they
are not so flatulent. And from the genuine ciborium there is a flower
which grows which is made into garlands. And the Egyptians call the
flower the lotus; but the Naucratitans tell me, says Athenæus, that its
name is the melilotus: and it is of that flower that the melilotus
garlands are made, which are very fragrant, and which have a cooling
effect in the summer season.

3. But Phylarchus says, "that though Egyptian beans had never been sown
before in any place, and had never produced fruit if any one had by
chance sown a few, except in Egypt, still, in the time of Alexander the
king, the son of Pyrrhus, it happened that some sprung up near the river
Thyamis in Thesprotia in Epirus, in a certain marsh in that district;
and for two years continuously they bore fruit and grew; and that on
this Alexander put a guard over them, and not only forbade any one to
pick them, but would not allow any one to approach the place: and on
this the marsh dried up; and for the future it not only never produced
the above-mentioned fruit, but it does not appear even to have furnished
any water. And something very like this happened at Ædepsus. For at a
distance from all other waters there was a spring sending forth cold
water at no great distance from the sea; and invalids who drank this
water were greatly benefited: on which account many repaired thither
from great distances, to avail themselves of the water. Accordingly the
generals of king Antigonus, wishing to be economical with respect to it,
imposed a tax to be paid by those who drank it: and on this the spring
dried up. And in the Troas in former times all who wished it were at
liberty to draw water from the Tragasæan lake; but when Lysimachus
became ruler there, and put a tax on it, that lake, too, disappeared:
and as he marvelled at this, as soon as he remitted the tribute and left
the place free, the water came again.

4. With respect to Cucumbers.--There is a proverb--

     Eat the cucumber, O woman, and weave your cloak.

And Matron says, in his Parodies--

     And I saw a cucumber, the son of the all-glorious Earth,
     Lying among the herbs; and it was served up on nine tables.[123:1]

And Laches says--

     But, as when cucumber grows up in a dewy place.

Now the Attic writers always use the word σίκυον as a word of three
syllables. But Alcæus uses it as a dissyllable, σίκυς; for he says, δάκῃ
τῶν σικύων from the nominative σίκυς, a word like στάχυς, στάχυος. And
Phrynichus uses the word σικύδιον as a diminutive, where he says--

     Εντραγεῖν σικύδιον, to eat a little cucumber.

[_From this point are the genuine words of Athenæus._[124:1]]

            *       *       *       *       *

     I will send radishes and four cucumbers.

            *       *       *       *       *

And Phrynichus too used the word σικύδιον as a diminutive, in his
Monotropus; where he says, κἀντραγεῖν σικύδιον.

5. But Theophrastus says that there are three kinds of cucumbers, the
Lacedæmonian, the Scytalian, and the Bœotian; and that of these the
Lacedæmonian, which is a watery one, is the best; and that the others do
not contain water. "Cucumbers too," says he, "contain a more agreeable
and wholesome juice if the seed be steeped in milk or in mead before it
is sown;" and he asserts in his book on the Causes of Plants, that they
come up quicker if they are steeped either in water or milk before they
are put in the ground. And Euthydemus says, in his treatise on
Vegetables, that there is one kind of cucumber which is called
δρακοντίας. But Demetrius Ixios states, in the first book of his treatise
on Etymologies, that the name σίκυον is derived ἀπὸ τοῦ σεύεσθαι καὶ κιεῖν, from
_bursting forth and proceeding_; for that it is a thing which spreads
fast and wide. But Heraclides of Tarentum calls the cucumber ἡδύγαιον,
which means _growing in sweet earth_, or _making the earth sweet_, in
his Symposium. And Diocles of Carystos says that cucumber, if it is
eaten with the sium in the first course, makes the eater uncomfortable;
for that it gets into the head as the radish does; but that if it is
eaten at the end of supper it causes no uncomfortable feelings, and is
more digestible; and that when it is boiled it is moderately diuretic.
But Diphilus says--"The cucumber being a cooling food is not very
manageable, and is not easily digested or evacuated; besides that, it
creates shuddering feelings and engenders bile, and is a great
preventive against amatory feelings." But cucumbers grow in gardens at
the time of full moon, and at that time they grow very visibly, as do
the sea-urchins.

6. With respect to Figs.--The fig-tree, says Magnus, (for I will not
allow any one to take what I have to say about figs out of my mouth, not
if I were to be hanged for it, for I am most devilishly fond of figs,
and I will say what occurs to me;) "the fig-tree, my friends, was the
guide to men to lead them to a more civilized life. And this is plain
from the fact that the Athenians call the place where it was first
discovered The Sacred Fig; and the fruit from it they call _hegeteria_,
that is to say, "the guide," because that was the first to be discovered
of all the fruits now in cultivation. Now there are many species of
figs;--there is the Attic sort, which Antiphanes speaks of in his
Synonymes; and when he is praising the land of Attica, he says--

           _A._ What fruits this land produces!
     Superior, O Hipponicus, to the world.
     What honey, what bread, what figs!

                                        _Hipp._ It does, by Jove!
     Bear wondrous figs.

And Isistrus, in his "Attics," says that it was forbidden to export out
of Attica the figs which grew in that country, in order that the
inhabitants might have the exclusive enjoyment of them. And as many
people were detected in sending them away surreptitiously, those who
laid informations against them before the judges were then first called
sycophants. And Alexis says, in his "The Poet"--

     The name of sycophant is one which does
     Of right apply to every wicked person;
     For figs when added to a name might show
     Whether the man was good and just and pleasant;
     But now when a sweet name is given a rogue,
     It makes us doubt why this should be the case.

And Philomnestus, in his treatise on the Festival of Apollo at Rhodes,
which is called the Sminthian festival, says--"Since the sycophant got
his name from these circumstances, because at that time there were
fines and taxes imposed upon figs and oil and wine, by the produce of
which imposts they found money for the public expenses; they called
those who exacted these fines and laid these informations sycophants,
which was very natural, selecting those who were accounted the most
considerable of the citizens.

7. And Aristophanes mentions the fig, in his "Farmers;" speaking as

     I am planting figs of all sorts except the Lacedæmonian,
     For this kind is the fig of an enemy and a tyrant:
     And it would not have been so small a fruit if it had not been a
         great hater of the people.

But he called it small because it was not a large plant. But Alexis, in
his "Olynthian," mentioning the Phrygian figs, says--

     And the beautiful fig,
     The wonderful invention of the Phrygian fig,
     The divine object of my mother's care.

And of those figs which are called φιβάλεοι, mention is made by many of the
comic writers; and Pherecrates, in his "Crapatalli," says--

     O my good friend, make haste and catch a fever,
     And then alarm yourself with no anxiety,
     But eat Phibalean figs all the summer;
     And then, when you have eaten your fill, sleep the whole of the
     And than feel violent pains, get in a fever, and holloa.

And Teleclides, in his Amphictyons, says--

     How beautiful those Phibalean figs are!

They also call myrtle-berries Phibalean. As Antiphanes does in his

                       . . . . . But first of all
     I want some myrtle-berries on the table,
     Which I may eat when e'er I counsel take;
     And they must be Phibalean, very fine,
     Fit for a garland.

Epigenes too mentions Chelidonian figs, that is, figs fit for swallows,
in his Bacchea--

     Then, in a little while, a well-fill'd basket
     Of dry Chelidonian figs is brought in.

And Androtion, or Philippus, or Hegemon, in the Book of the Farm, gives
a list of these kinds of figs, saying--"In the plain it is desirable to
plant specimens of the Chelidonian fig, of the fig called Erinean, of
the Leukerinean, and of the Phibalean; but plant the Oporobasilis, the
queen of autumn, everywhere; for each kind has some useful qualities;
and, above all, the pollarded trees, and the phormynian, and the
double-bearers, and the Megarian, and the Lacedæmonian kinds are
desirable, if there is plenty of water.

8. Lynceus, too, mentions the fig-trees which grow in Rhodes, in his
Epistles; instituting a comparison between the best of the Athenian
kinds and the Rhodian species. And he writes in these terms:--"But these
fig-trees appear to vie with Lacedæmonian trees of the same kind, as
mulberries do with figs; and they are put on the table before supper,
not after supper as they are here, when the taste is already vitiated by
satiety, but while the appetite is still uninfluenced and unappeased."
And if Lynceus had tasted the figs which in the beautiful Rome are
called καλλιστρούθια, as I have, he would have been by far more long-sighted
than ever his namesake was. So very far superior are those figs to all
the other figs in the whole world.

Other kinds of figs grown near Rome are held in high esteem; and those
called the Chian figs, and the Libianian; those two named the Chalcidic,
and the African figs; as Herodotus the Lycian bears witness, in his
treatise on Figs.

9. But Parmeno the Byzantine, in his Iambics, speaks of the figs which
come from Canæ, an Æolian city, as the best of all: saying--

     I am arrived after a long voyage, not having brought
     A valuable freight of Canæan figs.

And that the figs from Caunus, a city of Caria, are much praised, is
known to all the world. There is another sort of fig, called the
Oxalian, which Heracleon the Ephesian makes mention of, and Nicander of
Thyatira, quoting what is mentioned by Apollodorus of Carystus, in his
play, called the "Dress-seller with a Dowry;" where he says--

                    Moreover, all the wine
     Was very sour and thin, so that I felt
     Ashamed to see it; for all other farms
     In the adjacent region bear the figs
     Ycleped Oxalian; and mine bears vines.

Figs also grow in the island of Paros, for those which are called by
the Parians αἱμώνια are a different fig from the common one, and are
not what I am alluding to here; for the αἱμώνια are the same with those
which are called Lydian figs; and they have obtained this name on
account of their red colour, since αἷμα means blood, and they are
mentioned by Archilochus, who speaks in this manner:--

                  Never mind Paros, and the figs which grow
     Within that marble island, and the life
     Of its seafaring islanders.

But these figs are as far superior to the ordinary run of figs which are
grown in other places as the meat of the wild boar is superior to that
of all other animals of the swine tribe which are not wild.

10. The λευκερινεὸς is a kind of fig-tree; and perhaps it is that kind
which produces the white figs; Hermippus mentions it in his Iambics, in
these terms--

     There are besides the Leucerinean figs.

And the figs called ἐρινεοὶ, or ἐρινοῖ, are mentioned by Euripides in his

     Or else to fasten him on the erinean boughs.

And Epicharmus says, in his Sphinx,--

     But these are not like the erinean figs.

And Sophocles, in his play entitled "The Wedding of Helen," by a sort of
metaphor, calls the fruit itself by the name of the tree; saying--

     A ripe ἐρινὸς is a useless thing
     For food, and yet you ripen others by
     Your conversation.

And he uses the masculine gender here, saying πέπων ἔρινος, instead of
πέπον ἔρινον. Alexis also says in his "Caldron"--

     And why now need we speak of people who
     Sell every day their figs in close pack'd baskets,
     And constantly do place those figs below
     Which are hard and bad; but on top they range
     The ripe and beautiful fruit. And then a comrade,
     As if he'd bought the basket, gives the price;
     The seller, putting in his mouth the coin,
     Sells wild figs (ἔρινα) while he swears he's selling good ones.

Now the tree, the wild fig, from which the fruit meant by the term
ἔρινα comes, is called ἐρινὸς, being a masculine noun. Strattis says, in
his Troilus--

     Have you not perceived a wild fig-tree near her?

And Homer says--

     There stands a large wild fig-tree flourishing with leaves.

And Amerias says, that the figs on the wild fig-trees are called

11. Hermonax, in his book on the Cretan Languages, gives a catalogue of
the different kinds of figs, and speaks of some as ἁμάδεα and as νικύλεα;
and Philemon, in his book on Attic Dialects, says, that some figs are
called royals, from which also the dried figs are called βασιλίδες, or
royal; stating besides, that the ripe figs are called κόλυτρα. Seleucus,
too, in his Book on Dialects, says that there is a fruit called
γλυκυσίδη being exceedingly like a fig in shape: and that women guard
against eating them, because of their evil effects; as also Plato the
comic writer says, in his Cleophon. And Pamphilus says, that the winter
figs are called Cydonæa by the Achæans, saying, that Aristophanes said
the very same thing in his Lacedæmonian Dialects. Hermippus, in his
Soldiers, says that there is a kind of fig called Coracean, using these

     Either Phibalean figs, or Coracean.

Theophrastus, in the second book of his treatise on Plants, says that
there is a sort of fig called Charitian Aratean. And in his third book
he says, that in the district around the Trojan Ida, there is a sort of
fig growing in a low bush, having a leaf like that of the linden-tree;
and that it bears red figs, about the size of an olive, but rounder, and
in its taste like a medlar. And concerning the fig which is called in
Crete the Cyprian fig, the same Theophrastus, in his fourth book of his
History of Plants, writes as follows:--"The fig called in Crete the
Cyprian fig, bears fruit from its stalk, and from its stoutest branches;
and it sends forth a small leafless shoot, like a little root, attached
to which is the fruit. The trunk is large, and very like that of the
white poplar, and its leaf is like that of the elm. And it produces four
fruits, according to the number of the shoots which it puts forth. Its
sweetness resembles that of the common fig; and within it resembles the
wild fig: but in size it is about equal to the cuckoo-apple.

12. Again, of the figs called _prodromi_, or precocious, the same
Theophrastus makes mention in the third book of his Causes of Plants, in
this way--"When a warm and damp and soft air comes to the fig-tree,
then it excites the germination, from which the figs are called
prodromi." And proceeding further, he says--"And again, some trees bear
the prodromi, namely, the Lacedæmonian fig-tree, and the leucomphaliac,
and several others; but some do not bear them." But Seleucus, in his
book on Languages, says that there is a kind of fig called προτερικὴ,
which bears very early fruit. And Aristophanes, in his Ecclesiazusæ,
speaks of a double-bearing fig-tree--

     Take for a while the fig-tree's leaves
     Which bears its crop twice in the year.

And Antiphanes says, in his Scleriæ--

     'Tis by the double-bearing fig-tree there below.

But Theopompus, in the fifty-fourth book of his Histories, says--"At the
time when Philip reigned about the territory of the Bisaltæ, and
Amphipolis and Græstonia, of Macedon, when it was the middle of spring,
the fig-trees were loaded with figs, and the vines with bunches of
grapes, and the olive-trees, though it was only the season for them to
be just pushing, were full of olives. And Philip was successful in all
his undertakings." But in the second book of his treatise on Plants,
Theophrastus says that the wild fig also is double-bearing; and some say
that it bears even three crops in the year, as for instance, at Ceos.

13. Theophrastus also says, that the fig-tree if planted among squills
grows up faster, and is not so liable to be destroyed by worms: and, in
fact, that everything which is planted among squills both grows faster
and is more sure to be vigorous. And in a subsequent passage
Theophrastus says, in the second book of his Causes--"The fig called the
Indian fig, though it is a tree of a wonderful size, bears a very small
fruit; and not much of it; as if it had expended all its strength in
making wood." And in the second book of his History of Plants, the
philosopher says--"There is also another kind of fig in Greece, and in
Cilicia and Cyprus, which bears green figs; and that tree bears a real
fig, σῦκον in front of the leaf, and a green fig, ὄλυνθος behind the leaf.
And these green figs grow wholly on the wood which is a year old, and
not on the new wood." And this kind of fig-tree produces the green fig
ripe and sweet, very different from the green fig which we have; and it
grows to a much greater size than the genuine fig. And the time when it
is in season is not long after the tree has made its wood. And I know,
too, that there are many other names of fig-trees; there are the Royal,
and the Fig Royal, and the Cirrocœladian, and the Hyladian, and the
Deerflesh, and the Lapyrian, and the Subbitter, and the Dragon-headed,
and the White-faced, and the Black-faced, and the Fountain fig, and the
Mylaic, and the Ascalonian.

14. Tryphon also speaks of the names of figs in the second book of his
History of Plants, and says that Dorion states, in his book of the Farm,
that Sukeas, one of the Titans, being pursued by Jupiter, was received
in her bosom as in an asylum by his mother Earth; and that the earth
sent forth that plant as a place of refuge for her son; from whom also
the city Sukea in Cilicia has its name. But Pherenicus the epic poet, a
Heraclean by birth, says that the fig-tree, (συκῆ) is so called from
Suke the daughter of Oxylus: for that Oxylus the son of Orius, having
intrigued with his sister Hamadryas, had several children, and among
them Carya (the nut-tree), Balanus (the acorn-bearing oak), Craneus (the
cornel-tree), Orea (the ash), Ægeirus (the poplar), Ptelea (the elm),
Ampelus (the vine), Suke (the fig-tree): and that these daughters were
all called the Hamadryad Nymphs; and that from them many of the trees
were named. On which account Hipponax says--

     The fig-tree black, the sister of the vine.

And Sosibius the Lacedæmonian, after stating that the fig-tree was the
discovery of Bacchus, says that on this account the Lacedæmonians
worship Bacchus Sukites. But the people of Naxus, as Andriscus and
Aglaosthenes related, state that Bacchus is called Meilichius, because
of his gift of the fruit of the fig-tree: and that on this account the
face of the god whom they call Bacchus Dionysus is like a vine, and that
of the god called Bacchus Meilichius is like a fig. For figs are called
μείλιχα by the Naxians.

15. Now that the fig is the most useful to man of all the fruits which
grow upon trees is sufficiently shown by Herodotus the Lycian, who urges
this point at great length, in his treatise on Figs. For he says that
young children grow to a great size if they are fed on the juice of
figs. And Pherecrates, who wrote the Persæ, says--

     If any one of us, after absence, sees a fig,
     He will apply it like a plaster to his children's eyes:

as if there were no ordinary medicinal power in the fig. And Herodotus,
the most wonderful and sweet of all writers, says in the first book of
his Histories, that figs are of the greatest good, speaking thus:--"O
king, you are preparing to make war upon men of this character, who wear
breeches of leather, and all the rest of their garments are made of
leather; and they eat not whatever they fancy, but what they have, since
they have but a rough country; moreover they do not, by Jove, use wine,
but they drink water; they have no figs to eat, nor any other good

And Polybius of Megalopolis, in the twelfth book of his Histories,
says--"Philip, the father of Perseus, when he overran Asia, being in
want of provisions, took figs for his soldiers from the Magnesians, as
they had no corn. On which account, too, when he became master of Myus,
he gave that place to the Magnesians in return for their figs." And
Ananius, the writer of Iambics, says--

     He who should shut up gold within his house,
     And a few figs, and two or three men,
     Would see how far the figs surpass the gold.

16. And when Magnus had said all this about figs, Daphnus the physician
said: Philotimus, in the third book of his treatise on Figs, says,
"There is a great deal of difference between the various kinds of figs
when fresh; both in their sorts, and in the times when each is in
season, and in their effects; not but what one may lay down some general
rules, and say that the juicy ones and those which are full ripe are
quickly dissolved and are digested more easily than any other fruit
whatever, nor do they interfere with the digestion of other sorts of
food; and they have the ordinary properties of all juicy food, being
glutinous and sweet, and slightly nitrous in taste. And they make the
evacuations more copious and fluid, and rapid and wholly free from
discomfort; and they also diffuse a saltish juice, having a good deal of
harshness, when they are combined with anything at all salt. They are
very quickly dissolved by the digestion, because, though many heavy
things may be taken into the stomach, we still after a short time feel
as if we had become excessively empty: but this could not have happened
if the figs had remained in the stomach, and were not immediately
dissolved. And figs are dissolved more easily than any other fruit; as
is proved not only by the fact that though we eat a great many times as
great a quantity of figs as of all other fruits put together, we still
never feel inconvenienced by them; and even if we eat a quantity of figs
before dinner, and then eat as much of other things as if we had never
touched them, we still feel no discomfort. It is plain, therefore, that
if we can manage both them and the rest of our food, they must be easily
digested; and that is why they do not interfere with the digestion of
the rest of our food.

"Figs, then, have the qualities which I have mentioned. That they are
glutinous and rather salt is proved by their being sticky and cleansing
the hands; and we see ourselves that they are sweet in the mouth. And it
certainly needs no arguments to prove that our evacuations after eating
them take place without any convulsions or trouble, and that they are
more numerous and more rapid and more easy in consequence. And they do
not go through any great decomposition in the stomach, which arises not
from their being indigestible, but because we drink while eating them,
without waiting for the action of the stomach to soften them, and also
because they pass through the stomach so quickly. And they generate a
salt juice in the stomach, because it has been already shown that they
contain something of nitre in them: and they will make that food taste
rather salt and harsh which is combined with them. For salt increases
the briny taste of anything, but vinegar and thyme increase the harsh
qualities of food."

17. Now Heraclides the Tarentine asks this question; "Whether it is best
to drink warm water or cold after the eating of figs?" And he says, that
those who recommend the drinking of cold water do so because they have
an eye to such a fact as this,--that warm water cleanses one's hands
more quickly than cold; on which account it is reasonable to believe
that food in the stomach will be quickly washed away by warm water. And
with respect to figs which are not eaten, warm water dissolves their
consistency and connexion, and separates them into small pieces; but
cold coagulates and consolidates them. But those who recommend the
drinking of cold water say, the taking of cold water bears down by its
own weight the things which are heavy on the stomach; (for figs do not
do any extraordinary good to the stomach, since they heat it and
destroy its tone; on which account some people always drink neat wine
after them;) and then too it quickly expels what is already in the
stomach. But after eating figs, it is desirable to take an abundant and
immediate draught of something or other; in order to prevent those
things from remaining in the stomach, and to move them into the lower
parts of the bowels.

18. Others however say, that it is not a good thing to eat figs at
midday; for that at that time they are apt to engender diseases, as
Pherecrates has said in his Crapatalli. And Aristophanes, in his
Proagon, says--

     But once seeing him when he was sick in the summer,
     In order to be sick too himself, eat figs at midday.

And Eubulus says, in his Sphingocarion--

     No doubt it was; for I was sick, my friend,
     From eating lately figs one day at noon.

And Nicophon says, in the Sirens--

     But if a man should eat green figs at noon,
     And then go off to sleep; immediately
     A galloping fever comes on him, accursed,
     And falling on him brings up much black bile.

19. Diphilus of Siphnos says, that of figs some are tender, and not very
nutritious, but full of bad juice, nevertheless easily secreted, and
rising easily to the surface; and that these are more easily managed
than the dry figs; but that those which are in season in the winter,
being ripened by artificial means, are very inferior: but that the best
are those which are ripe at the height of the summer, as being ripened
naturally; and these have a great deal of juice; and those which are not
so juicy are still good for the stomach, though somewhat heavy. And the
figs of Tralles are like the Rhodian: and the Chian, and all the rest,
appear to be inferior to these, both in the quality and quantity of
their juice. But Mnesitheus the Athenian, in his treatise on Eatables,
says--"But with respect to whatever of these fruits are eaten raw, such
as pears, and figs, and Delphic apples, and such fruits, one ought to
watch the opportunity when they will have the juice which they contain,
neither unripe on the one hand, nor tainted on the other; nor too much
dried up by the season." But Demetrius the Scepsian, in the fifteenth
book of the Trojan Preparation, says, that those who never eat figs
have the best voices. At all events, he says, that Hegesianax the
Alexandrian, who wrote the Histories, was originally a man with a very
weak voice, and that he became a tragedian and a fine actor, and a man
with a fine voice, by abstaining from figs for eighteen years together.
And I know too that there are some proverbs going about concerning figs,
of which the following are samples:--

     Figs after fish, vegetables after meat.

     Figs are agreeable to birds, but they do not choose to plant them.

20. Apples are an universal fruit. Mnesitheus the Athenian, in his
treatise on Eatables, calls them Delphian apples; but Diphilus says,
that "those apples which are green and which are not yet ripe, are full
of bad juice, and are bad for the stomach; but are apt to rise to the
surface, and also to engender bile; and they give rise to diseases, and
produce sensations of shuddering. But of ripe apples, he says, that the
sweet ones are those with most juice, and that they are the most easily
secreted, because they have no great inflammatory qualities. But that
sharp apples have a more disagreeable and mischievous juice, and are
more astringent. And that those which have less sweetness are still
pleasant to the palate when eaten; and, on account of their having some
strengthening qualities, are better for the stomach. And moreover, that
of this fruit those which are in season in the summer have a juice
inferior to the others; but those which are ripe in the autumn have the
better juice. And that those which are called ὀρβίκλατα, have a good deal
of sweetness combined with their invigorating properties, and are very
good for the stomach. But those which are called σητάνια and also those
which are called πλατώνια, are full of good juice, and are easily secreted,
but are not good for the stomach. But those which are called Mordianian
are very excellent, being produced in Apollonia, which is called
Mordius; and they are like those which are called ὀρβίκλατα. But the
Cydonian apples, or quinces, some of which are called στρούθια, are, as a
general rule, better for the stomach than any other kind of apple, most
especially when they are full ripe."

But Glaucides asserts that the best of all fruits which grow upon trees
are the Cydonian apples, and those which are called phaulia, and
strouthia. And Philotimus, in his third book, and also in his tenth
book of his treatise on Food, says--"Of apples, those which come in
season in spring are by far more indigestible than pears, whether they
are both unripe, or whether they are both ripe. But they have the
properties of juicy fruits; the sharp apples, and those which are not
yet ripe, resembling those pears which have a harsher taste and which
are in a certain degree sour; and they diffuse over the body a juice
which is said to be corrosive. And, as a general rule, apples are not so
digestible as pears; on which account those who are less addicted to
eating them are less troubled with indigestions, and those who are most
fond of them are the most liable to such inconvenience. But, as I said
before, a corrosive juice is engendered by them, as is stated by
Praxagoras, and as is shown by the fact that those things which are not
digested will have the juice thicker. (And I have already said that, as
a general rule, apples are less digestible than pears.) And the harsh
and sour apples are in the habit of engendering thicker juices.

But of those apples which are in season in the winter, the Cydonian give
out the more bitter juices, and those called strouthian give out juice
more sparingly; though what they do give out is not so harsh tasted, and
is more digestible." But Nicander of Thyatira says, that the Cydonian
apples themselves are called στρούθεια; but he says this out of ignorance.
For Glaucides asserts plainly enough that the best of all fruits which
grow on trees are the Cydonian apples and those called phaulian and

21. Stesichorus also mentions the Cydonian apples, in his Helena,
speaking thus:--

     Before the king's most honour'd throne,
       I threw Cydonian apples down;
     And leaves of myrrh, and crowns of roses,
       And violets in purple posies.

Alcman mentions them too. And Cantharus does so likewise, in the Tereus;
where he says--

     Likening her bosom to Cydonian apples.

And Philemon, in his Clown, calls Cydonian apples strouthia. And
Phylarchus, in the sixth book of his Histories, says that apples by
their sweet fragrance can blunt the efficacy of even deadly poisons. At
all events, he says, that some Phariacan poison having been cast into a
chest still smelling from having had some of these apples stored away
in it, lost all its effect, and preserved none of its former power, but
was mixed and given to some people who were plotted against, but that
they escaped all harm. And that afterwards it was ascertained, by an
investigation and examination of the man who had sold the poison; and
that he felt sure that it arose from the fact of the apples having been
put away in the chest.

22. Hermon, in his Cretan Dialects, says that Cydonian apples are called
κοδύμαλα. But Polemo, in the fifth book of the treatise against Timæus,
says that some people affirm that the κοδύμαλον is a kind of flower. But
Alcman asserts that it is the same as the στρούθιον apple, when he says,
"less than a κοδύμαλον." And Apollodorus and Sosibius understand the
Cydonian apple by κοδύμαλον. But that the Cydonian apple differs from
the στρούθιον, Theophrastus has asserted clearly enough in the second
book of his History. Moreover, there are excellent apples grown at
Sidus, (that is, a village in the Corinthian territory,) as Euphorion or
Archytas says, in the poem called "The Crane:"--

     Like a beautiful apple which is grown on the clayey banks
     Of the little Sidus, refulgent with purple colour.

And Nicander mentions them in his Transformed, in this manner:--

     And immediately, from the gardens of Sidoeis or Pleistus
     He cut green apples, and imitated the appearance of Cadmus.

And that Sidus is a village of the Corinthian territory, Rhianus assures
us, in the first book of the Heraclea; and Apollodorus the Athenian
confirms it, in the fifth book On the Catalogue of the Ships. But
Antigonus the Carystian says, in his Antipater--

     More dear to me was he than downy apples
     Of purple hue, in lofty Corinth growing.

23. And Teleclides mentions the Phaulian apples, in his Amphictyons, in
these terms:--

     O men, in some things neat, but yet in others
     More fallen than phaulian apples!

And Theopompus also speaks of them, in the Theseus. But Androtion, in
his Book of the Farm, says, that some apple-trees are called φαύλιαι,
and others στρούθιαι; "for," says he, "the apple does not fall from the
footstalk of the strouthian apple-tree." And that others are called
spring-trees, or Lacedæmonian, or Siduntian, or woolly. But I, my
friends, admire above all others the apples which are sold at Rome,
which are called the Mattianian; and which are said to be brought from a
certain village situated on the Alps near Aquileia. And the apples which
grow at Gangra, a city of Paphlagonia, are not much inferior to them.
But that Bacchus was the discoverer of the apple we have the testimony
of Theocritus the Syracusan, who writes thus:--

     Guarding the apples in the bosom of Bacchus;
     And having on his head a poplar garland,
     The silv'ry tree, sacred to Theban Hercules.

But Neoptolemus the Parian testifies himself, in his Dionysias, that the
apple was discovered by Bacchus, as were all other fruits which grow on

There is a fruit called _epimelis_; which is, says Pamphilus, a
description of pear. But Timachides asserts, in the fourth book of The
Banquet, that it is an apple, the same as that called the apple of the
Hesperides. And Pamphilus asserts that at Lacedæmon they are set before
the gods; and that they have a sweet smell, but are not very good to
eat; and are called the apples of the Hesperides. At all events,
Aristocrates, in the fourth book of his Affairs of Lacedæmon, says, "And
besides that apples, and those which are called Hesperides."

24. Walnuts are next to be mentioned.--Theophrastus, in the second book
of his History of Plants, speaking of those whose fruit is not visible,
says this among other things:--"Since the beginning of all the greater
fruits is visible, as of the almond, the nut, the date, and other fruits
of the same kind; except the walnut, in which that is not at all the
case; and with the exception also of the pomegranate and of the female
pear." But Diphilus of Siphnos, in his book about "What should be eaten
by People when Sick and by People in Health," says--"The fruit called
the Persian apple or peach, and by some the Persian cuckoo-apple, is
moderately juicy, but is more nutritious than apples." But Philotimus,
in the second and third books of his treatise on Food, says that the
Persian nut or walnut is more oily and like millet, and that being a
looser fruit, when it is pressed it yields a great quantity of oil. But
Aristophanes the grammarian, in his Lacedæmonian Dialects, says that the
Lacedæmonians call the cuckoo-apples Persian bitter apples; and that
some people call them ἄδρυα.

25. The Citron was next mentioned.--And with respect to this fruit there
was a great discussion among the Deipnosophists, as to whether there is
any mention made of it by the ancients. For Myrtilus said, proposing, as
it were, to send us who made the inquiry to feed among the wild goats,
that Hegesander the Delphian, in his Memorials, does make mention of
this fruit; but that he did not recollect the exact words: and Plutarch,
contradicting him, said,--But I indeed contend, that Hegesander never
mentions the citron at all, for I read through the whole of his
Memorials for the express purpose of seeing whether he did or no; since
some other of our companions also asserted positively that he did,
trusting to some scholastic commentaries of a man whom he considered
respectable enough. So that it is time for you, my good friend Myrtilus,
to seek for some other witness. But Æmilianus said, that Jobas the king
of the Mauritanians, a man of the most extensive learning, in his
History of Libya, does mention the citron, saying that it is called
among the Libyans the Hesperian apple, and that they were citrons which
Hercules carried into Greece, and which obtained the name of _golden_
apples on account of their colour and appearance. But the fruit which is
called the apples of the Hesperides, is said to have been produced by
Terra, on the occasion of the marriage of Jupiter and Juno, according to
the statement of Asclepiades, in the sixtieth book of his History of the
Affairs of Egypt. On this, Democritus, looking towards the speakers,
said,--If, indeed, Jobas asserts any of these things, let him take
pleasure in his Libyan books, and in the nonsense of Hanno. But I repeat
the assertion, that the name _citron_ does not occur in the old authors.
But the fruit which is described by Theophrastus the Eresian, in his
Histories of Plants, is described in such a manner as to compel me to
believe that he intended the citron by what he said.

26. For that philosopher says, in the fourth book of his History of
Plants--"The Median territory, and likewise the Persian, has many other
productions, and also the Persian or Median apple. Now, that tree has a
leaf very like and almost exactly the same as that of the bay-tree, the
arbutus, or the nut: and it has thorns like the prickly-pear, or
blackthorn, smooth but very sharp and strong. And the fruit is not good
to eat, but is very fragrant, and so too are the leaves of the tree.
And if any one puts one of the fruits among his clothes, it keeps them
from the moth. And it is useful when any one has taken poison injurious
to life; for when given in wine it produces a strong effect on the
bowels, and draws out the poison. It is serviceable also in the way of
making the breath sweet; for if any one boils the inner part of the
fruit in broth or in anything else, and then presses it in his mouth and
swallows it, it makes his breath smell sweet. And the seed is taken out
and is sown in spring in square beds, being very carefully cultivated;
and then it is watered every fourth or fifth day; and when it has grown
up it is again transplanted the next spring into a place where the
ground is soft, and well-watered, and not very thin. And it bears fruit
every year; some of which are fit to be gathered, and some are in
flower, and some are becoming ripe at the same time. And those of the
flowers which have a stem like a distaff projecting out of the centre
are sure to produce good seed; but those which have no such stem are
unproductive." And in the first book of the same treatise he says the
same thing about the distaff, and about the flowers which are
productive. And I am induced by these things, my mates, and by what
Theophrastus says of the colour and smell and leaves of the fruit, to
believe that the fruit meant by him is the citron; and let no one of you
marvel if he says that it is not good to eat; since until the time of
our grandfathers no one was used to eat it, but they put it away as a
treasure in their chests along with their clothes.

27. But that this plant really did come from that upper country into
Greece, one may find asserted in the works of the Comic poets, who,
speaking of its size, appear to point out the citron plainly enough.
Antiphanes says, in his Bœotian--

     _A._ 'Tis silly to say a word about roast meat
          To men who're ne'er content. But now, my girl,
          Just take these apples.

                                  _B._ They are fine to look at.

     _A._ Indeed they are, and good too, O ye gods!
          For this seed has arrived not long ago
          In Athens, coming from the mighty king.

     _B._ I thought it came from the Hesperides;
          For there they say the golden apples grow.

     _A._ They have but three.

                               _B._ That which is very beautiful
          Is rare in every place, and so is dear.

And Eriphus, in his Melibœa, quotes these selfsame Iambics of
Antiphanes, and then proceeds in his own words:--

     _B._ I thought, I swear by Dian, that they came
          From out the garden of the Hesperides,
          For they, they say, do keep the golden apples.

     _A._ They have but three.

                               _B._ That which is very beautiful
          Is rare in every place, and so is dear.

     _A._ I'll sell you these now for a single penny,
          And even that I'll put down in the bill.

     _B._ Are they not pomegranates? how fine they are!

     _A._ Fine! yes--they say that Venus did herself
          Plant this the parent tree in Cyprus, where it stands.
          Take it, my dear Berbeias.

                                     _B._ Thank you kindly.

     _A._ Take also these three; they are all I had.

And if any one is able to contradict this, and to show that these
descriptions are not meant to apply to the fruit which we now call the
citron, let him bring forward some clearer testimonies.

28. However, Phænias the Eresian compels us to entertain the idea that,
perhaps, the name may be meant for _cedron_, as from the cedar-tree.
For, in the fifth book of his treatise on Plants, he says that the cedar
has thorns around its leaves; and that the same is the case with the
citron is visible to everybody. But that the citron when eaten before
any kind of food, whether dry or moist, is an antidote to all injurious
effects, I am quite certain, having had that fact fully proved to me by
my fellow-citizen, who was entrusted with the government of Egypt. He
had condemned some men to be given to wild beasts, as having been
convicted of being malefactors, and such men he said were only fit to be
given to beasts. And as they were going into the theatre appropriated to
the punishment of robbers, a woman who was selling fruit by the wayside
gave them out of pity some of the citron which she herself was eating,
and they took it and ate it, and after a little while, being exposed to
some enormous and savage beasts, and bitten by asps, they suffered no
injury. At which the governor was mightily astonished. And at last,
examining the soldier who had charge of them, whether they had eaten or
drunk anything, when he learnt of him that some citron had been given to
them without any evil design; on the next day he ordered some citron to
be given to some of them again, and others to have none given to them.
And those who eat the citron, though they were bitten, received no
injury, but the others died immediately on being bitten. And this result
being proved by repeated experiments, it was found that citron was an
antidote to all sorts of pernicious poison. But if any one boils a whole
citron with its seed in Attic honey, it is dissolved in the honey, and
he who takes two or three mouthfuls of it early in the morning will
never experience any evil effects from poison.

29. Now if any one disbelieves this, let him learn from Theopompus the
Chian, a man of the strictest truth and who expended a great deal of
money on the most accurate investigation of matters to be spoken of in
his History. For he says, in the thirty-eighth book of his History,
while giving an account of Clearchus, the tyrant of the Heracleans who
were in Pontus, that he seized violently upon a number of people and
gave a great many of them hemlock to drink.--"And as," says he, "they
all knew that he was in the habit of compelling them to pledge him in
this liquor, they never left their homes without first eating rue: for
people who have eaten this beforehand take no harm from drinking
aconite,--a poison which, they say, has its name from growing in a place
called Aconæ, which is not far from Heraclea." When Democritus had said
this they all marvelled at the efficacy of citron, and most of them ate
it, as if they had had nothing to eat or drink before. But Pamphilus, in
his Dialects, says that the Romans call it not κίτριον, but κίτρον.

30. And after the viands which have been mentioned there were then
brought unto us separately some large dishes of oysters, and other
shell-fish, nearly all of which have been thought by Epicharmus worthy
of being celebrated in his play of the Marriage of Hebe, in these

     Come, now, bring all kinds of shell-fish;
     Lepades, aspedi, crabyzi, strabeli, cecibali,
     Tethunachia, balani, porphyræ, and oysters with closed shells,
     Which are very difficult to open, but very easy to eat;
     And mussels, and anaritæ, and ceryces, and sciphydria,
     Which are very sweet to eat, but very prickly to touch;
     And also the oblong solens. And bring too the black
     Cockle, which keeps the cockle-hunter on the stretch.
     Then too there are other cockles, and sand-eels,
     And periwinkles, unproductive fish,
     Which men entitle banishers of men,
     But which we gods call white and beautiful.

31. And in the Muses it is written--

     There is the cockle, which we call the tellis;
     Believe me, that is most delicious meat.

Perhaps he means that fish which is called the _tellina_, and which the
Romans call the _mitlus_,--a fish which Aristophanes the grammarian
names in his treatise on the Broken Scytale, and says that the lepas is
a fish like that which is called the tellina. But Callias of Mitylene,
in his discussion of the Limpet in Alcæus, says that there is an ode in
Alcæus of which the beginning is--

     O child of the rock, and of the hoary sea;

and at the end of it there is the line--

     Of all limpets the sea-limpet most relaxes the mind.

But Aristophanes writes the line with the word _tortoise_ instead of
_limpet_. And he says that Dicæarchus made a great blunder when he
interpreted the line of limpets; and that the children when they get
them in their mouths sing and play with them, just as idle boys among us
do with the fish which we call tellina. And so, too, Sopater, the
compiler of Comicalities, says in his drama which is entitled the

     But stop, for suddenly a certain sound
     Of the melodious tellina strikes my ears.

And in another place Epicharmus, in his Pyrrha and Prometheus, says--

     Just look now at this tellina, and behold
     This periwinkle and this splendid limpet.

And in Sophron cockles are called _melænides_.

     For now melænides will come to us,
     Sent from a narrow harbour.

And in the play which is called "The Clown and the Fisherman," they are
called the _cherambe_. And Archilochus also mentions the cherambe: and
Ibycus mentions the periwinkle. And the periwinkle is called both
ἀναρίτης and ἀνάρτας. And the shell being something like that of a cockle,
it sticks to the rocks, just as limpets do. But Herondas, in his
Coadjutrixes, says--

     Sticking to the rocks as a periwinkle.

And Æschylus, in his Persæ, says--

     Who has plunder'd the islands producing the periwinkle?

And Homer makes mention of the oyster.

32. Diocles the Carystian, in his treatise on the Wholesomes, says that
the best of all shell-fish, as aperient and diuretic food, are mussels,
oysters, scallops, and cockles. And Archippus says, in his poem called

     With limpets and sea-urchins and escharæ,
     And with periwinkles and cockles.

And Diocles says that the strongest of all shell-fish are cockles,
purple-fish, and ceryces. But concerning ceryces Archippus says this--

     The ceryx, ocean's nursling, child of purple.

But Speusippus, in the second book of his Similarities, says that
ceryces, purple-fish, strabeli, and cockles, are all very nearly alike.
And Sophocles makes mention of the shell-fish called strabeli in his
Camici, in these words:--

     Come now, my son, and look if we may find
     Some of the nice strabelus, ocean's child.

And again Speusippus enumerates separately in regular order the cockle,
the periwinkle, the mussel, the pinna, the solens; and in another place
he speaks of oysters and limpets. And Araros says, in his Campylion--

     These now are most undoubted delicacies,
     Cockles and solens; and the crooked locusts
     Spring forth in haste like dolphins.

And Sophron says, in his Mimi--

     _A._ What are these long cockles, O my friend,
          Which you do think so much of?

                                         _B._ Solens, to be sure.
          This too is the sweet-flesh'd cockle, dainty food,
          The dish much loved by widows.

And Cratinus also speaks of the pinna in his Archilochi--

     She indeed like pinnas and sea oysters.

And Philyllius, or Eunicus, or Aristophanes, in the Cities, says--

     A little polypus, or a small cuttle-fish,
     A crab, a crawfish, oysters, cockles,
     Limpets and solens, mussels and pinnas;
     Periwinkles too, from Mitylene take;
     Let us have two sprats, and mullet, ling,
     And conger-eel, and perch, and black fish.

But Agiastos, and Dercylus, in his Argolici, call the strabeli
ἀστράβηλοι; speaking of them as suitable to play upon like a trumpet.

33. But you may find cockles spoken of both in the masculine and
feminine gender. Aristophanes says, in his Babylonians--

     They all gaped on each other, and were like
     To cockles (κόγχαι) roasted on the coals.

And Teleclides, in his Hesiodi, says, "Open a cockle (κόγχη);" and
Sophron, in his Actresses, says--

     And then the cockles (κόγχαι) as at one command
     All yawned on us, and each display'd its flesh.

But Æschylus uses the word κόγχος in the masculine gender, in his
Glaucus Pontius, and says--

     Cockles (κόγχοι), muscles, oysters.

And Aristonymus, in his Theseus, says--

     There was a cockle (κόγχαι) and other fish too drawn from the sea
     At the same time, and by the same net.

And Phrynichus uses the word in the same way in his Satyrs. But Icesius,
the Erasistratean, says that some cockles are rough, and some royal; and
that the rough have a disagreeable juice, and afford but little
nourishment, and are easily digested; and that people who are hunting
for the purple-fish use them as bait: but of the smooth ones those are
best which are the largest, in exact proportion to their size. And
Hegesander, in his Memorials, says that the rough cockles are called by
the Macedonians coryci, but by the Athenians crii.

34. Now Icesius says that limpets are more digestible than those
shell-fish which have been already mentioned; but that oysters are not
so nutritious as limpets, and are filling, but nevertheless are more

But of mussels, the Ephesian ones, and those which resemble them, are,
as to their juicy qualities, superior to the periwinkles, but inferior
to the cockles; but they have more effect as diuretics than as
aperients. But some of them are like squills, with a very disagreeable
juice, and without any flavour; but there is a kind which is smaller
than they are, and which are rough outside, which are more diuretic, and
full of a more pleasant juice than the kind which resembles squills: but
they are less nutritious, by reason of their sizes, and also because
their nature is inferior. But the necks of the ceryces are exceedingly
good for the stomach, and are not so nutritious as mussels and cockles
and periwinkles; but for people who have a weak stomach, and who do not
easily expel the food into the cavity of the bowels, they are useful,
inasmuch as they do not easily turn on the stomach. For those things
which are confessedly digestible are, on the contrary, very unwholesome
for people of such a constitution, being very easily inclined to turn on
the stomach, because they are tender and easily dissolved. On which
account the bags containing their entrails are not suited to vigorous
stomachs, but they are very good for those whose bowels are in a weak
state. But what are more nutritious than the others, and far nicer in
taste, are the entrails of the purple-fish; though they certainly are
somewhat like the squill. For indeed all shell-fish are of the same
character; but the purple-fish and the solen have this peculiar
characteristic, that if they are boiled they yield a thick juice. But
the necks of the purple-fish, when boiled by themselves, are exceedingly
good for bringing the stomach into a good condition. And Posidippus
speaks of them in his Locrians in these terms:--

     It is time now to eat eels and crabs,
     Cockles, and fresh sea-urchins, and fish sounds,
     And pinnas, and the necks of fish, and mussels.

35. Balani, if they are of the larger sort, are easily digested, and are
good for the stomach. But otaria (and they are produced in the island
called Pharos, which is close to Alexandria) are more nutritious than
any of the before-mentioned fish, but they are not easily secreted. But
Antigonus the Carystian, in his book upon Language, says that this kind
of oyster is called by the Æolians the Ear of Venus. Pholades are very
nutritious, but they have a disagreeable smell; but common oysters are
very like all these sorts of shell-fish, and are more nutritious. There
are also some kinds which are called wild oysters; and they are very
nutritious, but they have not a good smell, and moreover they have a
very indifferent flavour. But Aristotle, in his treatise about Animals,
says, "Oysters are of all the following kinds: there are the pinna, the
mussel, the oyster, the cteis, the solen, the cockle, the limpet, the
small oyster, the balanus. And of migratory fish there are the
purple-fish, the sweet purple-fish, the sea-urchin, the strobelus. Now
the cteis has a rough shell, marked in streaks; but the oyster has no
streaks, and a smooth shell. The pinna has a smooth mouth; but the large
oyster has a wide mouth, and is bivalve, and has a smooth shell. But the
limpet is univalve, and has a smooth shell; and the mussel has a united
shell. The solen and balanus are univalve, and have a smooth shell; and
the cockle is a mixture of both kinds." Epænetus also says, in his
Cookery Book, that the interior part of the pinna is called mecon. But
in the fifth book of his treatise on the Parts of Animals, Aristotle
says, "The purple-fish are born about spring, and the ceryces at the end
of the winter. And altogether," says he, "all shell-fish appear in the
spring to have what are called eggs; and in the autumn, too, except
those kinds of sea-urchins which are good to eat. And these fish indeed
have eggs in the greatest number at those seasons, but they are never
without them; and they have them in the greatest numbers at the time of
full moon, and in the warm weather, with the exception of those fish
which are found in the Euripus of the Pyrrhæans; for they are best in
the winter, and they are small, but full of eggs. And nearly all the
cockle tribe appear to breed in like manner at about the same season."

36. And continuing the subject, the philosopher says again, "The
purple-fish therefore being all collected together in the spring at the
same place, make what is called melicera. And that is something like
honeycomb, but not indeed so elegant, but it is as if a great number of
the husks of white vetches were fastened together; and there is no open
passage in any of them: nor are the purple-fish born of this melicera,
but they, and nearly all other shell-fish, are produced of mud and
putrefaction; and this is, as it were, a kind of purification both for
them and for the purple-fish, for they too make this melicera. And when
they begin to make it, they emit a sort of sticky mass, from which those
things grow which resemble husks. All these are eventually separated,
and they drop blood on the ground. And in the place where they do so,
there are myriads of little purple-fish born, adhering to one another in
the ground, and the old purple-fish are caught while carrying them. And
if they are caught before they have produced their young, they sometimes
produce them in the very pots in which they are caught when collected
together in them, and the young look like a bunch of grapes. And there
are many different kinds of purple-fish; and some of them are of large
size, like those which are found near Segeum and near Lesteum; and some
are small, like those which are found in the Euripus, and around Caria.
And those in the gulfs are large and rough, and most of them are of a
black colour, but some of them are rather red; and some of the large
ones even weigh a mina. But those which are found on the shore and
around the coasts are of no great size, but are of a red colour: and
again, those in the waters exposed to the north wind are black, and
those in the waters exposed to the south wind are generally red."

37. But Apollodorus the Athenian, in his Commentaries on Sophron, having
first quoted the saying, "More greedy than a purple-fish," says that it
is a proverb, and that some say that it applies to the dye of purple;
for that whatever that dye touches it attracts to itself, and that it
imbues everything which is placed near it with the brilliancy of its
colour: but others say that it applies to the animal. "And they are
caught," says Aristotle, "in the spring; but they are not caught during
the dog-days, for then they do not feed, but conceal themselves and bury
themselves in holes; and they have a mark like a flower on them between
the belly and the throat. The fish called the ceryx has a covering of
nearly the same sort as all the other animals of the snail kind from its
earliest birth; and they feed by putting out what we call their shell
from under this covering. And the purple-fish has a tongue of the size
of a finger or larger, by which it feeds; and it pierces even
shell-fish, and can pierce its own shell. But the purple-fish is very
long-lived; and so is the ceryx: they live about six years, and their
growth is known by the rings in their shell. But cockles, and
cheme-cockles, and solens, and periwinkles, are born in sandy places.

38. But the pinnæ spring from the bottom of the sea. And they have with
them a fish called the pinnophylax, or guard of the pinna, which some
call καρίδιος, and others καρκίνιος; and if they lose him, they are soon
destroyed. But Pamphilus the Alexandrian, in his treatise on Names, says
that he is born at the same time with the pinna. But Chrysippus the
Solensian, in the fifth book of his treatise on the Beautiful and
Pleasure, says, "The pinna and the guard of the pinna assist one
another, not being able to remain apart. Now the pinna is a kind of
oyster, but the guard of the pinna is a small crab: and the pinna having
opened its shell, remains quiet, watching the fish who are coming
towards it; but the guard of the pinna, standing by when anything comes
near, bites the pinna, so as to give it a sort of sign; and the pinna
being bitten, closes its shell, and in this manner the two share
together what is caught inside the pinna's shell. But some say that the
guard is born at the same time as the pinna, and that they originate in
one seed." And again, Aristotle says, "All the fish of the oyster kind
are generated in the mud,--oysters in slimy mud, cockles in sandy mud,
and so on; but the small oyster and the balanus, and other fish which
come near the surface, such as limpets and periwinkles, are born in the
fissures of the rocks. And some fish which have not shells are born in
the same way as those which have shells,--as the sea-nettle, the sponge,
and others,--in the crevices of the rocks."

39. Now, of the sea-nettle there are two kinds. For some live in
hollows, and are never separated from the rocks; but some live on smooth
and level ground, and do separate themselves from what they are attached
to, and move their quarters. But Eupolis, in the Autolycus, calls
the κνίδη, or sea-nettle, ἀκαλήφη. And Aristophanes, in his Phœnissæ,

     Know that pot-herbs first were given,
     And then the rough sea-nettles (ἀκάληφαι);

and in his Wasps he uses the same word. And Pherecrates, in his
Deserters, says--

     I'd rather wear a crown of sea-nettles (ἀκάληφαι).

And Diphilus the Siphnian, a physician, says, "But the sea-nettle
(ἀκαλήφη) is good for the bowels, diuretic, and a strengthener of the
stomach, but it makes those who collect them itch violently, unless they
anoint their hands beforehand. And it is really injurious to those who
hunt for it; by whom it has been called ἀκαλήφη, by a slight alteration
of its original name. And perhaps that is the reason why the plant the
nettle has had the same name given to it. For it was named by euphemism
on the principle of antiphrasis,--for it is not gentle and ἁπαλὴ τῇ ἀφῇ,
tender to the touch, but very rough and disagreeable." Philippides also
mentions the sea-nettle (calling it ἀκαλήφη) in his Amphiaraus, speaking
as follows:--

     He put before me oysters and sea-nettles and limpets.

And it is jested upon in the Lysistrata of Aristophanes--

     But, you most valiant of the oyster race,
     Offspring of that rough dam, the sea-nettle;

for the τῆθος and the ὄστρεον are the same. And the word τῆθος is here
confused in a comic manner with τήθη, a grandmother, and with μητὴρ, a

40. And concerning the rest of the oyster tribe, Diphilus says this: "Of
the thick chemæ, those of smaller size, which have tender flesh, are
called oysters, and they are good for the stomach, and easily digested.
But the thick ones, which are called royal chemæ by some people, and
which are also called the huge chemæ, are nutritious, slow to be
digested, very juicy, good for the stomach; and especially do these
qualities belong to the larger ones. Of tellinæ there are numbers in
Canopus, and they are very common at the place where the Nile begins to
rise up to the higher ground. And the thinnest of these are the royal
ones, and they are digestible and light, and moreover nutritious. But
those which are taken in the rivers are the sweetest. Mussels, again,
are moderately nutritious, and are digestible and diuretic. But the best
are the Ephesian kind; and of them those which are taken about the end
of autumn. But the female mussel is smaller than the male, and is sweet
and juicy, and moreover nutritious. But the solens, as they are called
by some, though some call them αὖλοι and δόνακες, or _pipes_, and some, too,
call them ὄνυχες, or _claws_, are very juicy, but the juice is bad, and
they are very glutinous. And the male fish are striped, and not all of
one colour; but they are very wholesome for people affected with the
stone, or with any complaint of the bladder. But the female fish is all
of one colour, and much sweeter than the male: and they are eaten boiled
and fried; but they are best of all when roasted on the coals till their
shells open." And the people who collect this sort of oyster are called
Solenistæ, as Phænias the Eresian relates in his book which is entitled,
The Killing of Tyrants by way of Punishment; where he speaks as
follows:--"Philoxenus, who was called the Solenist, became a tyrant from
having been a demagogue. In the beginning he got his livelihood by
being a fisherman and a hunter after solens; and so having made a
little money, he advanced, and got a good property."--"Of the periwinkle
the white are the most tender, and they have no disagreeable smell, and
have a good effect on the bowels; but of the black and red kinds the
larger are exceedingly nice to the taste, especially those that are
caught in the spring. And as a general rule all of them are good for the
stomach, and digestible, and good for the bowels, when eaten with
cinnamon and pepper." Archippus also makes mention of them in his

     With limpets and with sea-urchins, and escharæ,
     With needle-fishes, and with periwinkles.

But the fish called balani, or acorns, because of their resemblance to
the acorn of an oak, differ according to the places where they are
found. For the Egyptian balani are sweet, tender, delicious to the
taste, nutritious, very juicy indeed, diuretic, and good for the bowels;
but other kinds have a salter taste. The fish called ὤτια, or ears, are
most nutritious when fried; but the pholades are exceedingly pleasant
to the taste, but have a bad smell, and an injurious juice.

41. "Sea-urchins are tender, full of pleasant juice, with a strong
smell, filling, and apt to turn on the stomach; but if eaten with sharp
mead, and parsley, and mint, they are good for the stomach, and sweet,
and full of pleasant juice. But the sweet-tasted are the red ones, and
the apple-coloured, and the thickest, and those which if you scrape
their flesh emit a milky liquid. But those which are found near
Cephalenia and around Icaria, and in the Adriatic are--at least many of
them are--rather bitter; but those which are taken on the rock of Sicily
are very aperient to the bowels." But Aristotle says that there are many
kinds of sea-urchins: one of which is eaten, that, namely, in which is
found what are called eggs. But the other two kinds are those which are
called Spatangi, and those which are called Brysæ: and Sophron mentions
the spatangi, and so does Aristophanes in his Olcades, using the
following language:--

     Tearing up, and separating, and licking
     My spatange from the bottom.

And Epicharmus, in his Marriage of Hebe, speaks of the sea-urchins, and

     Then came the crabs, sea-urchins, and all fish
     Which know not how to swim in the briny sea,
     But only walk on foot along the bottom.

And Demetrius the Scepsian, in the twenty-sixth book of his Trojan
Preparation, says that a Lacedæmonian once being invited to a banquet,
when some sea-urchins were put before him on the table, took one, not
knowing the proper manner in which it should be eaten, and not attending
to those who were in the company to see how they ate it. And so he put
it in his mouth with the skin or shell and all, and began to crush the
sea-urchin with his teeth; and being exceedingly disgusted with what he
was eating, and not perceiving how to get rid of the roughness of the
taste, he said, "O what nasty food! I will not now be so effeminate as
to eject it, but I will never take you again." But the sea-urchins, and
indeed the whole echinus tribe, whether living on land or sea, can take
care of and protect themselves against those who try to catch them,
putting out their thorns, like a sort of palisade. And to this Ion the
Chian bears testimony in his Phœnix or in his Cæneus, saying--

     But while on land I more approve the conduct
     Of the great lion, than the dirty tricks
     Of the sea-urchin; he, when he perceives
     The impending onset of superior foes,
     Rolls himself up, wrapp'd in his cloak of thorns,
     Impregnable in bristly panoply.

42. "Of limpets," says Diphilus, "some are very small, and some are like
oysters. But they are hard, and give but little juice, and are not very
sharp in taste. But they have a pleasant flavour, and are easily
digested; and when boiled they are particularly nice. But the pinnæ are
diuretic, nutritious, not very digestible, or manageable. And the
ceryces are like them; the necks of which fish are good for the stomach,
but not very digestible; on which account they are good for people with
weak stomachs, as being strengthening; but they are difficult to be
secreted, and they are moderately nutritious. Now the parts of them
which are called the mecon, which are in the lower part of their
bellies, are tender and easily digested; on which account they also are
good for people who are weak in the stomach. But the purple-fish are
something between the pinna and the ceryx; the necks of which are very
juicy, and very pleasant to the palate; but the other parts of them are
briny, and yet sweet, and easily digestible, and mix very well with
other food. But oysters are generated in rivers, and in lakes, and in
the sea. But the best are those which belong to the sea, when there is a
lake or a river close at hand: for they are full of pleasant juice, and
are larger and sweeter than others: but those which are near the shore,
or near rocks, without any mixture of mud or water, are small, harsh,
and of pungent taste. But the oysters which are taken in the spring, and
those which are taken about the beginning of the summer, are better, and
full, and have a sort of sea taste, not unmixed with sweetness, and are
good for the stomach and easily secreted; and when boiled up with
mallow, or sorrel, or with fish, or by themselves, they are nutritious,
and good for the bowels.

43. But Mnesitheus the Athenian, in his treatise on Comestibles,
says--"Oysters, and cockles, and mussels, and similar things, are not
very digestible in their meat, because of a sort of saline moisture
which there is in them, on which account, when eaten raw, they produce
an effect on the bowels by reason of their saltness. But when boiled
they get rid of all, or at all events of most, of their saltness, which
they infuse into the water which boils them. On which account, the water
in which any of the oyster tribe are boiled is very apt to have a strong
effect in disordering the bowels. But the meat of the oysters when
boiled, makes a great noise when it has been deprived of its moisture.
But roasted oysters, when any one roasts them cleverly, are very free
from any sort of inconvenience; for all the evil properties are removed
by fire; on which account they are not as indigestible as raw ones, and
they have all the moisture which is originally contained in them dried
up; and it is the moisture which has too great an effect in relaxing the
bowels. But every oyster supplies a moist and somewhat indigestible kind
of nourishment, and they are not at all good as diuretics. But the
sea-nettle, and the eggs of sea-urchins, and such things as that, give a
moist nourishment, though not in any great quantity; but they have a
tendency to relax the bowels, and they are diuretic.

44. Nicander the Colophonian, in his book on the Farm, enumerates all
the following kinds of oysters--

     And all the oysters which the foaming brine
     Beneath its vasty bosom cherishes,
     The periwinkle, whilk, pelorias,
     The mussel, and the slimy tellina,
     And the deep shell which makes the pinna's hole.

And Archestratus says, in his Gastronomy--

     Ænus has mussels fine, Abydus too
     Is famous for its oysters; Parium produces
     Crabs, the bears of the sea, and Mitylene periwinkles;
     Ambracia in all kinds of fish abounds,
     And the boar-fish sends forth: and in its narrow strait
     Messene cherishes the largest cockles.
     In Ephesus you shall catch chemæ, which are not bad,
     And Chalcedon will give you oysters. But may Jupiter
     Destroy the race of criers, both the fish born in the sea,
     And those wretches which infest the city forum;
     All except one man, for he is a friend of mine,
     Dwelling in Lesbos, abounding in grapes; and his name is Agatho.

And Philyllius, or whoever is the author of the book called The Cities,
says, "Chemæ, limpets, solens, mussels, pinnas and periwinkles from
Methymna:" but ὄστρειον was the only form of the name for all these fish
among the ancients. Cratinus says in his Archilochi--

     Like the pinna or the oyster (ὄστρειον).

And Epicharmus says, in his Marriage of Hebe--

     Oysters which have grown together.

Where he uses the same form ὄστρειον. But afterwards the form ὄστρεον like
ὄρνεον began to be used. Plato, in his Phædrus, says, "bound together
like oysters" (ὄστρεον). And in the tenth book of his Politia, he says,
"oysters (ὄστρεα) stuck together;" "oysters (ὄστρεα) and seaweed." But the
peloris, or giant mussel, were so named from the word ὄστρεα, _vast_. For
it is much larger than the cheme, and very different from it. But
Aristotle says that they are generated in the sand. And Ion the Chian
mentions the chema, in his Epidemiæ, and perhaps the shell-fish got the
name of χήμη παρὰ τὸ κεχῃνέναι, from opening their mouths."

45. But concerning the oysters which are grown in the Indian Ocean; (for
it is not unreasonable to speak of them, on account of the use of
pearls;) Theophrastus speaks in his treatise on Precious Stones, and
says, "But among the stones which are much admired is that which is
called the pearl, being transparent in its character; and they make
very expensive necklaces of them. They are found in an oyster which is
something like the pinna, only less. And in size the pearl resembles a
large fish's eye." Androsthenes, too, in his Voyage along the Coast of
India, writes in these terms--"But of strombi, and chærini, and other
shell-fish, there are many different varieties, and they are very
different from the shell-fish which we have. And they have the
purple-fish, and a great multitude of other kinds of oysters. There is
also one kind which is peculiar to those seas, which the natives call
the berberi, from which the precious stone called the pearl comes. And
this pearl is very expensive in Asia, being sold in Persia and the
inland countries for its weight in gold. And the appearance of the
oyster which contains it is much the same as that of the cteis oyster,
only its shell is not indented, but smooth and shaggy. And it has not
two ears as the cteis oyster has, but only one. The stone is engendered
in the flesh of the oyster, just as the measles are in pork. And it is
of a very golden colour, so as not easily to be distinguished from gold
when it is put by the side of it; but some pearls are of a silvery
appearance, and some are completely white like the eyes of fish. But
Chares of Mitylene, in the seventh book of his Histories of Alexander,
says--"There is caught in the Indian sea, and also off the coast of
Armenia, and Persia, and Susiana, and Babylonia, a fish very like an
oyster; and it is large and oblong, containing within the shell flesh
which is plentiful and white, and very fragrant, from which the men pick
out white bones which they call the pearl. And they make of them
necklaces and chains for the hands and feet, of which the Persians are
very fond, as are the Medes and all Asiatics, esteeming them as much
more valuable than golden ornaments."

46. But Isidorus the Characene, in his Description of Parthia, says,
that "in the Persian sea there is an island where a great number of
pearls are found; on which account there are quantities of boats made of
rushes all about the island, from which men leap into the sea, and dive
down twenty fathoms, and bring up two shells. And they say that when
there is a long continuance of thunder-storms, and heavy falls of rain,
then the pinna produces most young, and then, too, the greatest quantity
of pearls is engendered, and those, too, of the finest size and quality.
In the winter the pinna is accustomed to descend into chambers at the
very bottom of the sea; but in summer they swim about all night with
their shells open, which they close in the day-time: and as many as
stick to the crags, or rocks, throw out roots, and remaining fixed
there, they generate pearls. But they are supported and nourished by
something which adheres to their flesh: and this also sticks to the
mouth of the cockle, having talons and bringing it food: and it is
something like a little crab, and is called the guardian of the pinna.
And its flesh penetrates through the centre of the cockle-shell, like a
root: and the pearl being generated close to it, grows through the solid
portion of the shell, and keeps growing as long as it continues to
adhere to the shell. But when the flesh gets under the excrescence, and
cutting its way onwards, gently separates the pearl from the shell, then
when the pearl is surrounded by flesh, it is no longer nourished so far
as to grow at all; but the flesh makes it smoother, and more
transparent, and more pure. And so, too, the pinna, which lives at the
bottom, engenders the most transparent sort of pearl; and it produces
them also very pure and of large size. But that which keeps near the
surface, and is constantly rising, is of a smaller size and a worse
colour, because it is affected by the rays of the sun. But those who
hunt for pearls are in danger when they hastily put their hand into the
opening of the shell, for immediately the fish closes its shell, and
very often their fingers are sawn off; and sometimes they die
immediately. But all those who put in their hand sideways easily draw
off the shells from the rock. And Menander makes mention of Emeralds
also, in his Little Boy--

     There must be an emerald and a sardonyx.

And the word for emerald is more correctly written μάραγδος, without a
σ. For it is derived from the verb μαρμαίρω, to glisten, because it is a
transparent stone.

47. After this conversation some dishes were set on the table, full of
many kinds of boiled meat: feet, and head, and ears, and loins; and also
entrails, and intestines, and tongues; as is the custom at the places
which are called boiled meat shops at Alexandria. For, O Ulpian, the
word ἑφθοπώλιον, a boiled meat shop, is used by Posidippus, in his Little
Boy. And again, while they were inquiring who had ever named any of
these dishes, one of the party said, Aristophanes mentions entrails as
things which are eatable, in his Knights--

     I say that you are selling tripe and paunches
     Which to the revenue no tithe have paid.

And presently after he adds--

     Why, my friend, hinder me from washing my paunches,
     And from selling my sausages? Why do you laugh at me?

And again he says--

     But I, as soon as I have swallow'd down
     A bullock's paunch, and a dish of pig's tripe,
     And drunk some broth, won't stay to wash my hands,
     But will cut the throats of the orators, and will confuse Nicias.

And again he says--

     But the Virgin Goddess born of the mighty Father
     Gives you some boiled meat, extracted from the broth,
     And a slice of paunch, and tripe, and entrails.

And Cratinus, in his Pluti, mentions jawbones of meat--

     Fighting for a noble jawbone of beef.

And Sophocles, in the Amycus, says--

     And he places on the table tender jawbones.

And Plato, in his Timæus, writes, "And he bound up some jawbones for
them, so as to give the appearance of a whole face." And Xenophon says,
in his book on Horsemanship, "A small jawbone closely pressed." But some
call it, not σιαγὼν, but ὑαγὼν, spelling the word with a υ, saying that it
is derived from the word ὑς. Epicharmus also speaks of tripe, χορδαὶ as we
call it, but he calls it ὄρυαι, having given one of his plays the title
of Orya. And Aristophanes, in his Clouds, writes--

     Let them prepare a dish of tripe, for me
     To set before these wise philosophers.

And Cratinus, in his Pytina, says--

     How fine, says he, is now this slice of tripe.

And Eupolis speaks of it also, in his Goats. But Alexis, either in his
Leucadia, or in his Runaways, says--

     Then came a slice and good large help of tripe.

And Antiphanes, in his Marriage, says--

     Having cut out a piece of the middle of the tripe.

48. And as for feet, and ears, and even noses of beasts, they are all
mentioned by Alexis, in his Crateua or the Physic-seller. And I will
adduce a slight proof of that presently, which contains a good many of
the names about which we are inquiring. Theophilus says, in his

     _A._ There are here near three minas' weight of meat
          Well boiled.

                       _B._ What next?

                                       _A._ There is a calf's nose, and
          A heel of bacon, and four large pig's-feet.

     _B._ A noble dish, by Hercules!

                                     _A._ And three calves-feet.

And Anaxilas says, in his Cooks--

     _A._ I would much rather roast a little fish,
          Than here repeat whole plays of Æschylus.

     _B._ What do you mean by little fish? Do you intend
          To treat your friends as invalids? 'Twere better
          To boil the extremities of eatable animals,
          Their feet and noses.

And Anaxilas says, in the Circe--

     For having an unseemly snout of pig,
     My dear Cinesias.

And in the Calypso--

     Then I perceived I bore a swine's snout.

Anaxandrides has mentioned also ears in the Satyrus. And Axionicus says,
in his Chalcis--

                          I am making soup,
     Putting in well-warm'd fish, and adding to them
     Some scarce half-eaten fragments; and the pettitoes
     Of a young porker, and his ears; the which I sprinkle
     With savoury assafœtida; and then
     I make the whole into a well-flavour'd sausage,
     A meat most saleable. Then do I add a slice
     Of tender tripe; and a snout soak'd in vinegar.
     So that the guests do all confess, the second day
     Has beaten e'en the wedding-day itself.

And Aristophanes says, in his Proagon--

     Wretch that I am, I've eaten tripe, my son:
     How can I bear to see a roasted snout?

And Pherecrates says, in his Trifles--

     Is not this plainly now a porker's snout?

And there is a place which is called Ῥύγχος, or Snout, near Stratos, in
Ætolia, as Polybius testifies, in the sixth book of his Histories. And
Stesichorus says, in his Boar Hunting--

     To hide the sharpen'd snout beneath the earth.

And we have already said that the word ῥύγχος properly applies only to
the snout of a swine; but that it is sometimes used for the nose of
other animals, Archippus has proved, saying in jest, in his Second
Amphitryon, of the human face--

     And this, too, though you have so long a nose (ῥύγχος).

And Araros says, in his Adonis--

     For the god turns his nose towards us.

49. And Aristophanes makes mention of the extremities of animals as
forming a common dish, in his Æolosicon--

     And of a truth, plague take it, I have boil'd
     Four tender pettitoes for you for dinner.

And in his Gerytades he says--

     Pig's pettitoes, and bread, and crabs.

And Antiphanes says, in his Corinthia--

     _A._ And then you sacrifice a pig's extremities
          To Venus,--what a joke!

                                  _B._ That is your ignorance;
     For she in Cyprus is so fond of pigs,
     O master, that she drove away the herd
     Of swine from off the dunghill where they fed,
     And made the cows eat dirt instead of them.

But Callimachus testifies that, in reality, a pig is sacrificed to
Venus; or perhaps it is Zenodotus who says so in his Historic Records,
writing thus, "The Argives sacrifice a pig to Venus, and the festival at
which this takes place is called Hysteria." And Pherecrates says, in his

     But whole pig's feet of the most tender flavour
     Were placed at hand in dishes gaily adorned,
     And boil'd ears, and other extremities.

And Alexis says, in his Dice Players--

     But when we had nearly come to an end of breakfast,
     And eaten all the ears and pettitoes.

And he says again, in his Pannuchis or in his Wool-weavers--

     This meat is but half roasted, and the fragments
     Are wholly wasted; see this conger eel,
     How badly boiled; and as for the pettitoes,
     They now are wholly spoilt.

And Pherecrates also speaks of boiled feet, in his Slave-master--

     _A._ Tell us, I pray you now then, how the supper
          Will be prepared.

                            _B._ Undoubtedly I will.
          In the first place, a dish of well-minced eel;
          Then cuttle-fish, and lamb, a slice of rich
          Well-made black pudding; then some pig's feet boil'd;
          Some liver, and a loin of mutton,
          And a mighty number of small birds; and cheese
          In honey steep'd, and many a slice of meat.

And Antiphanes says, in his Parasite--

     _A._ The well-warm'd legs of pigs.

                                        _B._ A noble dish,
          I swear by Vesta.

                            _A._ Then some boiled cheese
          Bubbled upon the board.

And Ecphantides says, in his Satyrs--

     It is no great hardship, if it must be so,
     To buy and eat the boil'd feet of a pig.

And Aristophanes speaks of tongue as a dish, in his Tryers, in the
following words--

     I've had anchovies quite enough; for I
     Am stretch'd almost to bursting while I eat
     Such rich and luscious food. But bring me something
     Which shall take off the taste of all these dainties.
     Bring me some liver, or a good large slice
     Of a young goat. And if you can't get that,
     Let me at least have a rib or a tongue,
     Or else the spleen, or entrails, or the tripe
     Of a young porker in last autumn born;
     And with it some hot rolls.

50. Now when all this conversation had taken place on these subjects,
the physicians who were present would not depart without taking their
share in it. For Dionysiocles said, Mnesitheus the Athenian, in his book
about Comestibles, has said, "The head and feet of a pig have not a
great deal in them which is rich and nutritious." And Leonidas writes,
"Demon, in the fourth book of his Attica, says that Thymœtes, his
younger brother, slew Apheidas, who was king of Athens, he himself being
a bastard, and usurped the kingdom. And in his time, Melanthus the
Messenian was banished from his country, and consulted the Pythia as to
where he should dwell: and she said wherever he was first honoured by
gifts of hospitality, when men set before him feet and a head for
supper. And this happened to him at Eleusis; for as the priestesses
happened at the time to be solemnizing one of their national festivals,
and to have consumed all the meat, and as nothing but the head and feet
of the victim were left, they sent them to Melanthius.

51. Then a paunch[161:1] was brought in, which may be looked upon as a
sort of metropolis, and the mother of the sons of Hippocrates, whom I
know to have been turned into ridicule by the comic poets on account of
their swinish disposition. And Ulpian, looking upon it, said,--Come now,
my friends, whom does the paunch lie with? For we have now been minding
the belly long enough, and it is time for us now to have some real
conversation. And as for these cynics, I bid them be silent, now that
they have eaten abundantly, unless they like to gnaw some of the cheeks,
and heads, and bones, which no one will grudge their enjoying like dogs,
as they are; for that is what they are, and what they are proud of being

     The remnants to the dogs they're wont to throw,

Euripides says, in his Cretan Women. For they wish to eat and drink
everything, never considering what the divine Plato says in his
Protagoras, "That disputing about poetry, is like banquets of low and
insignificant persons. For they, because they are unable in their
drinking parties to amuse one another by their own talents, and by their
own voices and conversation, by reason of their ignorance and stupidity,
make female flute-players of great consequence, hiring at a high price
sounds which they cannot utter themselves, I mean the music of flutes,
and by means of this music they are able to get on with one another. But
where the guests are gentlemanly, and accomplished, and well educated,
you will not see any flute-playing women, or dancing women, or female
harpers, but they are able themselves to pass the time with one another
agreeably, without all this nonsense and trifling, by means of their own
voices, speaking and hearing one another in turn with all decency, even
if they drink a great deal of wine." And this is what all you Cynics do,
O Cynulcus; you drink, or rather you get drunk, and then, like
flute-players and dancing-women, you prevent all the pleasure of
conversation: "living," to use the words of the same Plato, which he
utters in his Philebus, "not the life of a man, but of some mollusk, or
of some other marine animal which has life in a shell-encased body."

52. And Cynulcus, being very angry, said,--You glutton of a man, whose
god is your belly, you know nothing else yourself, nor are you able to
keep up an uninterrupted conversation, nor to recollect any history, nor
to begin anything which may tend to throw a charm on any discussion. But
you have been wasting all the time with questions of this sort, "Is
there such and such a statement? Is there not? Has such and such a thing
been said? Has it not been said?" And you attack and examine closely
everything which occurs in anything which is said, collecting all your
thorns--living continually

     As if among thistles, or plants of rough borage--

never collecting any sweet flowers. Are you not the person who call that
which is called by the Romans _strena_, being so named in accordance
with some national tradition, and which is accustomed to be given to
friends, _epinomis_? And if you do this in imitation of Plato, we should
be glad to learn it; but if you find that any one of the ancients has
ever spoken in such a manner, tell us who it is who has. For I know that
there is some part of a trireme which is called epinomis, as Apollonius
states in his treatise on what relates to Triremes. Are not you the man
who called your new stout cloak, which had never yet been used by you,
(for the proper name of it, my friend, is really φαινόλης,) useless?
saying--"My slave Leucus, give me that useless cloak." And once going to
the bath, did not you say to a man who asked you, Whither now? I am
going, said you, ἀπολούμενος (pronouncing the word as if it meant _to kill
yourself_ rather than _to bathe_). And that very day your beautiful
garment was purloined from you by some bath robbers; so that there was
great laughter in the bath, at this useless cloak being hunted for. At
another time too, O my dear friends; (for the plain truth shall be told
you,) he tripped against a stone and dislocated his knees. And when he
was cured he again came into public: and when men asked him, What is the
matter, O Ulpian? he said it was a black eye. And I (for I was with him
at the time) being then unable to restrain my laughter, got anointed
under the eyes with some thick ointment by a physician who was a friend
of mine, and then said to those who asked me, What is the matter with
you, that I had hurt my leg.

53. There is also another imitator of the same wisdom, Pompeianus the
Philadelphian; a man not destitute of shrewdness, but still a terrible
wordcatcher: and he, conversing with his servant, calling him by name
with a loud voice, said--"Strombichides, bring me to the gymnasium those
intolerable slippers (he used the word ἀφορήτους, intending it to mean
_what he had never worn_) and my useless (he used the word ἄχρηστος, by
which he meant _which he had never used_) cloak. For I, as soon as I
have bound up my beard, shall address my friends. For I have got some
roast fish. And bring me a cruet of oil. For first of all we will be
crushed (he used the word συντριβησόμεθον, meaning to say _we will rub
ourselves well_), and then we will be utterly destroyed (his word was
ἀπολούμεθον, and he meant to say _we will have a bath_)." And this same
sophist, in the month of February, as the Romans call it, (and Juba the
Mauritanian says that this month has its name[163:1] from the terrors
caused by the spirits under the earth, and from the means used to get
rid of those fears, at which season the greatest severity of winter
occurs, and it is the custom of them to offer libations for many days to
those who are dead:) in the month of February, I say, he said to one of
his friends--"It is a long time since you have seen me, because of the
heat." And when the festival of the Panathenæa was being celebrated,
during which the courts of justice do not assemble, he said--"This is
the birthday of the virgin goddess Minerva," (but he pronounced the word
ἀλέκτορος, as if he had meant _of the cock of Minerva_,) "and this day is
unjust," (for he called it ἄδικος, though he meant the word to have the
sense of being _a holiday for the courts of law_). And once he called a
companion of ours who came back from Delphi without having received an
answer from the god, ἄχρηστον, (which never means anything but _useless_,
but he used the word for _unanswered_). And once when he was making a
public display of his eloquence, and going through a long panegyric on
the Queen of cities, he said, Most admirable is the Roman dominion, and
ἀνυπόστατος (he meant _irresistible_).[164:1]

54. Such now, my friends, are Ulpian's companions, the sophists; men who
call even the thing which the Romans call miliarium, that is to say, a
vessel designed to prepare boiling water in, ἰπνολέβης, an oven-kettle;
being manufacturers of many names, and far outrunning by many parasangs
the Sicilian Dionysius: who called a virgin μένανδρος (from μένω and ἀνὴρ),
because she is waiting for a husband; and a pillar μενεκράτης (from μένω and
κράτος), because it remains and is strong. And a javelin he called
βαλλάντιον, because (ἄντιον βάλλεται) it is thrown against something; and
mouse-holes he called μυστήρια, mysteries, (from τηρεῖν τοὺς μῦς) because they
keep the mice. And Athanis, in the first book of his History of the
Affairs of Sicily, says that the same Dionysius gave an ox the name of
γαρότας; and a pig he called ἴακχος. And Alexarchus was a man of the same
sort, the brother of Cassander, who was king of Macedonia, who built the
city called Uranopolis. And Heraclides Lembus speaks concerning him in
the seventh book of his Histories, and says; "Alexarchus, who founded
the city Uranopolis, imported many peculiar words and forms of speaking
into the language: calling a cock ὀρθροβόας, or _he that crows in the
morn_; and a barber βροτοκέρτης, or _one who cuts men_; and a drachm he
called ἀργυρὶς, _a piece of silver_; and a chœnix he called ἡμεροτροφὶς, _what
feeds a man for a day_; and a herald he called ἀπύτης, _a bawler_. And
once he wrote a letter to the magistrates of the Cassandrians in this
form:[164:2]--Ἀλέξαρχος ὁ μάρμων πρόμοις γαθεῖν. τοὺς ἡλιοκρεῖς οἰῶν οἶδα λιποῦσα θεωτῶν
ἔργων κρατήτορας μορσίμῳ τύχᾳ κεκυρωμένας θεοῦ πόγαις χυτλώσαντες αὐτοὺς, καὶ φύλακας
ὀριγένεις." But what that letter means I think that even the Pythian Apollo
himself could hardly tell. For, as Antiphanes says, in his Cleophanes,--

                 What is it then to be a tyrant, (or
     What would you call pursuing serious things,)
     In the Lyceum with the sophists; by Jove,
     They are but thin and hungry joyless men.
     And say the thing does not exist if now
     It is produced; for that is not as yet,
     Nor can already be produced, which now
     Is caused afresh. Nor if it did exist
     Before, can it be now made to exist.
     For there is nothing which has no existence.
     And that which never yet has taken place,
     Is not as if it had, since it has not.
     For it exists from its existence; but
     If there is no existence, what is there
     From which it can exist? The thing's impossible.
     And if it's self-existent, it will not
     Exist again. And one perhaps may say,
     Let be; whence now can that which has no being
     Exist, what can become of it? What all this means
     I say that e'en Apollo's self can't tell.

55. I know too that Simonides the poet, somewhere or other, has called
Jupiter Ἀρίσταρχος, (meaning ἄριστος ἄρχων, _best of rulers_;) and Æschylus
calls Pluto Ἀγησίλαος, (from ἄγειν τὸν λαὸν, _collecting the people_;)
and Nicander the Colophonian called the asp, the animal, ἰοχέαιρα,
_poisonous_, (from ἰὸs, _poison_, and χέω, _to emit_; though the word is
usually applied to Diana in the sense of shooting arrows, because ἰὸs
also means an arrow.)

And it is on account of these tricks and others like them that the
divine Plato, in his Politics, after having said that some animals live
on the dry land, and others in the water, and also, that there are some
classes which are fed on dry food, others on moist food, and others
which graze, giving the names of ξηροβατικὰ and ὑγροβατικὰ, and again, of
ξηροτροφικὰ, ὑγροτροφικὰ and ξηρονομικὰ to the different kinds of animals,
according as they live on the land, or in the water, or in the
air--adds, by way of exhortation to those manufacturers of names to
guard against novelty, the following sentence, word for word:--"And if
you take care not to appear too anxious in making new names you will
continue to old age with a greater reputation for prudence." But I know
that Herodes Atticus, a rhetorician, named the piece of wood which was
put through his wheels when he was going in his chariot down steep
places, τροχοπέδης, (as _a fetter to the wheels_.) Although Simaristus,
in his Synonymes, had already given this piece of wood the name of
ἐποχλεὺς, or _the drag_. And Sophocles the poet, in some one of his
works, called a guardian _a bolt_, saying--

     Be of good cheer, I am a mighty bolt
     To keep this fear away from you.

And, in another place, he has given an anchor the name of ἰσχὰς or _the
holder_, because it κατέχει, _holds_ the ship--

     And the sailors let out the holder of the ship.

And Demades the orator said that Ægina was the "eyesore of the Peiræus,"
and that Samos was "a fragment broken off from the city." And he called
the young men "the spring of the people;" and the wall he called "the
garment of the city;" and a trumpeter he entitled "the common cock of
the Athenians." But this word-hunting sophist used all sorts of far more
far-fetched expressions. And whence, O Ulpian, did it occur to you to
use the word κεχορτασμένος for satiated, when κορέω is the proper verb for
that meaning, and χορτάζω means to feed?

56. In reply to this Ulpian said with a cheerful laugh,--But do not bark
at me, my friend, and do not be savage with me, putting on a sort of
hydrophobia, especially now that this is the season of the dog-days. You
ought rather to fawn upon and be gentle towards your messmates, lest we
should institute a festival for dog killing, in the place of that one
which is celebrated by the Argives. For, my most sagacious gentleman,
χορτάζομαι is used by Cratinus in his Ulysses in this way:--

     You were all day glutting yourselves with white milk.

And Menander, in his Trophonius, uses the word χορτασθεὶς in the same
sense. And Aristophanes says in his Gerytades--

     Obey us now, and glut us with your melodies.

And Sophocles in his Tyro has--

     And we received him with all things which satisfy (πάγχορτα).

And Eubulus in his Dolon--

     I, O men, have now been well satisfied (κεχόρτασμαι),
     And I am quite well filled; so that I could
     With all my energy but just contrive
     To fasten on my sandals.

And Sophilus says in his Phylarchus--

     There will be an abundant deal of eating.
     I see the prelude to it;--I shall surely be
     Most fully satisfied; indeed, my men,
     I swear by Bacchus I feel proud already.

And Amphis says in his Uranus--

     Sating herself till eve with every dainty.

Now these statements, O Cynulcus, I am able to produce without any
preparation; but to-morrow, or the day after, for that (ἔνη) is the
name which Hesiod gave to the third day, I will satiate you with
blows, if you do not tell me in whose works the word κοιλιοδαίμων,
_Belly-god_, is to be found. And as he made no answer,--But, indeed, I
myself will tell you this, O Cynic, that Eupolis called flatterers this,
in his play of the same name. But I will postpone any proof of this
statement until I have paid you the blows I owe you.

57. And so when every one had been well amused by these jokes,--But,
said Ulpian, I will also give you now the statement about paunches which
I promised you. For Alexis, in his play which is entitled Ponticus,
jesting in a comic manner, says that Callimedon the orator, who was
surnamed the Crab (and he was one of those who took part in the affairs
of the state in the time of Demosthenes the orator)--

     Every one is willing to die for his country (πάτρας):
     And for a boiled paunch (μήτρας) Callimedon,
     The dauntless crab, would very probably
     Dare to encounter death.

And Callimedon was a man very notorious for his fondness for dainties.

And Antiphanes also speaks of paunches in his Philometor, using these

     While the wood has pith in it (ἔμμητρον) it puts forth shoots.
     There is a _metro_polis but no _patro_polis.
     Some men sell paunches (μῆτραι), a delicious food.
     Metras, the Chian, is dear to the people.

And Euphron says in his Paradidomena--

     But my master having prepared a paunch
     Set it before Callimedon; and when he ate it
     It made him leap with joy; from which he earn'd
     The name of crab.

And Dioxippus in his Antipornoboscus--

     What food doth he delight in! Dainty is he!
     Most dainty in his eating, paunches, sausages!

And in his Historiographer, he says--

     Amphides burst in the porch and made himself a way in;
     Holding up two paunches fine, See for what I'm paying,
     Said he, and send me all you have, or all that you can find me.

And Eubulus says in his Deucalion--

     Liver, and tripe, and entrails, aye, and paunches.

58. But Lynceus the Samian, the friend of Theophrastus, was acquainted
with the use of paunches when eaten with Cyrenaic sauce. And
accordingly, writing an account of the Banquet of Ptolemy, he says:--"A
certain paunch having been brought round in vinegar and sauce."
Antiphanes, too, mentions this sauce in his Unhappy Lovers, speaking of

     I sail back to the self-same harbour whence
     We previously were torn; and bid farewell
     To all my horses, friends, and assafœtida,
     And two horse chariots, and to cabbages,
     And single-horses, and to salads green,
     And fevers, and rich sauces.

And how much better a paunch of a castrated animal is, Hipparchus, who
wrote the book called The Ægyptian Iliad, tells us in the following

     But above all I do delight in dishes
     Of paunches and of tripe from gelded beasts,
     And love a fragrant pig within the oven.

And Sopater says in his Hippolytus--

     But like a beauteous paunch of gelded pig
     Well boil'd and white, and basted with rich cheese.

And in his Physiologus he says--

     'Tis not a well boil'd slice of paunch of pig
     Holding within a sharp and biting gravy.

And in his Silphæ he says--

     That you may eat a slice of boil'd pig's paunch,
     Dipping it in a bitter sauce of rue.

59. But the ancients were not acquainted with the fashion of bringing on
paunches, or lettuces, or anything of the sort, before dinner, as is
done now. At all events Archestratus, the inventor of made dishes, as he
calls himself, says that pledges in drinking, and the use of ointments,
are introduced after supper--

     And always at the banquet crown your head
     With flowing wreaths of varied scent and hue,
     Culling the treasures of the happy earth;
     And steep your hair in rich and reeking odours,
     And all day long pour holy frankincense
     And myrrh, the fragrant fruit of Syria,
     On the slow slumb'ring ashes of the fire:
     Then, when you drink, let slaves these luxuries bring--
     Tripe, and the boiled paunch of well-fed swine,
     Well soak'd in cummin juice and vinegar,
     And sharp, strong-smelling assafœtida;
     Taste, too, the tender well-roast birds, and game,
     Whate'er may be in season. But despise
     The rude uncivilized Sicilian mode,
     Where men do nought but drink like troops of frogs,
     And eat no solid seasoning. Avoid them.
     And seek the meats which I enjoin thee here.
     All other foods are only signs and proofs
     Of wretched poverty: the green boil'd vetch,
     And beans, and apples, and dried drums of figs.
     But praise the cheesecakes which from Athens come;
     And if there are none, still of any country
     Cheesecakes are to be eaten; also ask
     For Attic Honey, the feast's crowning dish--
     For that it is which makes a banquet noble.
     Thus should a free man live, or else descend
     Beneath the earth, and court the deadly realms
     Of Tartarus, buried deep beneath the earth
     Innumerable fathoms.

But Lynceus, describing the banquet given by Lamia, the female
flute-player, when she entertained Demetrius Poliorcetes, represents the
guests the moment they come to the banquet as eating all sorts of fish
and meat; and in the same way, when speaking of the feast given by
Antigonus the king, when celebrating the Aphrodisiac festival, and also
one given by King Ptolemy, he speaks of fish as the first course; and
then meat.

60. But one may well wonder at Archestratus, who has given us such
admirable suggestions and injunctions, and who was a guide in the matter
of pleasure to the philosopher Epicurus, when he counsels us wisely, in
a manner equal to that of the bard[169:1] of Ascra, that we ought not to
mind some people, but only attend to him; and he bids us eat such and
such things, differing in no respect from the cook in Damoxenus the
comic writer, who says in his Syntrophi--

     _A._ You see me here a most attentive pupil
          Of Epicurus, wisest of the Greeks,
          From whom in two years and ten months or less,
          I scraped together four good Attic talents.

     _B._ What do you mean by this? I pray thee, tell me,
          Was he a cook, my master? That is news.

     _A._ Ye gods! and what a cook! Believe me, nature
          Is the beginning and the only source
          Of all true wisdom. And there is no art
          At which men labour, which contains more wisdom.
          So this our art is easy to the man
          Who has drunk deep of nature's principles;
          They are his guides: and therefore, when you see
          A cook who is no scholar, nor has read
          The subtle lessons of Democritus,
          (Aye and he must remember them besides,)
          Laugh at him as an ass; and if you hire one
          Who knows not Epicurus and his rules,
          Discharge him straightway. For a cook must know,
          (I speak the words of sober truth, my friend,)
          How great the difference is in summer time
          Between the glaucisk of the winter-season;
          He must know all the fish the Pleiades
          Bring to us at their setting; what the solstice,
          Winter and summer, gives us eatable--
          For all the changes and the revolutions
          Are fraught with countless evil to mankind,
          Such changes do they cause in all their food.
          Dost thou not understand me? And remember,
          Whatever is in season must be good.

     _B._ How few observe these rules.

                                       _A._ From this neglect
          Come spasms, and the flatulence which ill
          Beseems a politic guest;--but all the food
          I give my parties, wholesome is, and good,
          Digestible and free from flatulence.
          Therefore its juice is easily dissolved,
          And penetrates the entire body's pores.

     _B._ Juice, say you? This is not known to Democritus.

     _A._ But all meats out of season make the eater
          Diseased in his joints.

                                  _B._ You seem to me,
          To have studied too the art of medicine.

     _A._ No doubt, and so does every one who seeks
          Acquaintance with his nature's mysteries.
          But see now, I do beg you by the gods,
          How ignorant the present race of cooks are.
          When thus you find them ignorant of the smell
          Of all the varied dishes which they dress,
          And pounding sesame in all their sauce.
          What can be bad enough for such sad blunderers?

     _B._ You seem to speak as any oracle.

     _A._ What good can e'er arise, where every quality
          Is jumbled with its opposite in kind,
          How different soever both may be?
          Now to discern these things is art and skill,
          Not to wash dishes nor to smell of smoke.
          For I do never enter a strange cook-shop,
          But sit within such a distance as enables
          My eyes to comprehend what is within.
          My friends, too, do the same; I tell them all
          The causes and results. This bit is sour,
          Away with it; the man is not a cook,
          Though he perhaps may be a music master:
          Put in some fire; keep an equal heat.
          The first dish scarcely suits the rest. Do you
          Not see the form of th' art?

                                       _B._ O, great Apollo!

     _A._ What does this seem to you?

                                      _B._ Pure skill; high art.

     _A._ Then I no dishes place before my guests
          At random; but while all things correspond
          I regulate the whole, and will divide
          The whole as best may suit, in fours, or fives;
          And will consult each separate division--
          And satisfy each party. Then again,
          I stand afar off and directions give;
          Whence bring you that? what shall you mix with this?
          See how discordant those two dishes are!
          Take care and shun such blunders. That will do.
          Thus Epicurus did arrange his pleasures.
          Thus wisely did he eat. He, only wise,
          Saw what was good and what its nature was.
          The Stoics seek in vain for such discoveries,
          And know not good nor what the nature may be
          Of good; and so they have it not; nor know
          How to impart it to their friends and guests.
          Enough of this. Do'st not agree with me?

     _B._ Indeed I do, all things are plain to me.

61. Plato, too, in his Joint Deceiver, introduces the father of a young
man in great indignation, on the ground that his son's principles and
way of living have been injured by his tutor; and he says--

     _A._ You now have been the ruin of my son,
          You wretch, you have persuaded him t' embark
          In a course of life quite foreign to his habits
          And former inclinations. You have taught him
          To drink i' th' morning, quite beyond his wont.

     _B._ Do you blame me that he has learnt to live?

     _A._ Call you this living?

                                _B._ So the wise do say:
          At all events the allwise Epicurus
          Tells us that pleasure is the only good.

     _A._ No doubt, and nobody can entertain
          A different opinion. To live well
          Must be to rightly live; is it not so?
          Tell me, I pray thee, hast thou ever seen
          Any philosopher confused with wine?
          Or overtaken with those joys of yours?

     _B._ Aye, all of them. Those who lift up their brows,
          Who look most solemn in the promenades,
          And in their daily conversation,
          Who turn their eyes away in high disdain
          If you put plaice or turbot on their board,
          Know for all that the fish's daintiest part.
          Seek out the head, the fins; the sound, the roe,
          And make men marvel at their gluttony.

62. And in Antiphanes, in his Soldier or in his Tycho, a man is
introduced delivering rules in this way, saying--

     Whoever is a mortal man, and thinks
     This life has any sure possession,
     Is woefully deceived. For either taxes
     Take off his property; or he goes to law
     And loses all he seeks, and all he has:
     Or else he's made a magistrate, and bears
     The losses they are subject to; or else
     The people bid him a choragus be,
     And furnish golden garments for a chorus;
     And wear but rags himself. Or as a captain
     Of some tall ship, he hangs himself; or else
     Takes the command, and then is taken prisoner:
     Or else, both waking and in soundest sleep,
     He's helpless, pillaged by his own domestics.
     Nothing is sure, save what a man can eat,
     And treats himself to day by day. Nor then,
     Is even this too sure. For guests drop in
     To eat what you have order'd for yourself.
     So not until you've got it 'twixt your teeth
     Ought you to think that e'en your dinner's safe.

And he says the same in his Hydria.

63. Now if any one, my friends, were to consider this, he would
naturally and reasonably praise the honest Chrysippus, who examined
accurately into the nature of Epicurus's philosophy, and said, "That the
Gastrology of Archestratus was the metropolis of his philosophy;" which
all the epicures of philosophers call the Theogony, as it were, that
beautiful epic poem; to whom Theognetus, in his Phasma or in his Miser,

     My man, you will destroy me in this way;
     For you are ill and surfeited with all
     The divers arguments of all the Stoics.
     "Gold is no part of man, mere passing rime.
     Wisdom's his real wealth, solid like ice;
     No one who has it ever loses it."
     Oh! wretched that I am; what cruel fate
     Has lodged me here with this philosopher?
     Wretch, you have learnt a most perverted learning;
     Your books have turn'd your whole life upside down;
     Buried in deep philosophy you talk
     Of earth and heaven, both of which care little
     For you and all your arguments.

64. While Ulpian was continuing to talk in this way, the servants came
in bearing on some dishes some crabs bigger than Callimedon, the orator,
who, because he was so very fond of this food was himself called the
Crab. Accordingly, Alexis, in his Dorcis, or the Flatterer, (as also
others of the comic poets do,) hands him down, as a general rule, as
being most devoted to fish, saying--

     It has been voted by the fish-sellers,
     To raise a brazen statue to Callimedon
     At the Panathenaic festival
     In the midst of the fish-market; and the statue
     Shall in his right hand hold a roasted crab,
     As being the sole patron of their trade,
     Which other men neglect and seek to crush.

But the taste of the crab is one which many people have been very much
devoted to; as may be shown by many passages in different comedies; but
at present Aristophanes will suffice, who in the Thesmophoriazusæ speaks
as follows--

     _A._ Has any fish been bought? a cuttle-fish,
          Or a broad squill, or else a polypus;
          Or roasted mullet, or perhaps some beet-root?

     _B._ Indeed there was not.

                                _A._ Or a roach or dace?

     _B._ Nothing of such a sort?

                                  _A._ Was there no black-pudding,
          Nor tripe, nor sausage, nor boar's liver fried,
          No honeycomb, no paunch of pig, no eel,
          No mighty crab, with which you might recruit
          The strength of women wearied with long toil?

But by broad squills he must have meant what we call astaci, a kind of
crab which Philyllius mentions in his Cities. And Archestratus, in that
famous poem of his where he never once mentions the crab by the name of
κάραβος, does speak of the ἄστακος. As he does also in the following

     But passing over trifles, buy an astacus,
     Which has long hands and heavy too, but feet
     Of delicate smallness, and which slowly walks
     Over the earth's face. A goodly troop there are
     Of such, and those of finest flavour, where
     The isles of Lipara do gem the ocean:
     And many lie in the broad Hellespont.

And Epicharmus, in his Hebe's Marriage, shows plainly that the ἄστακος
spoken of by Archestratus is the same as the κάραβος, speaking as

     There are astaci and colybdænæ, both equipp'd
     With little feet and long hands, both coming under
     The name of κάραβος.

65. But the carabi, and astaci, and also carides or squills, are each a
distinct genus. But the Athenians spell the name ἄστακο with an ο, ὄστακος,
just as they also write ὀσταφίδας. But Epicharmus in his Earth and Sea

     κᾀστακοὶ γαμψώνυχοι.

And Speusippus, in the second book of his Similarities, says that of
soft-shelled animals the following are nearly like one another. The
coracus, the astacus, the nymphe, the arctus, the carcinus, and the
pagurus. And Diocles the Carystian says, "Carides, carcini, carabi, and
astaci, are pleasant to the taste and diuretic." And Epicharmus has also
mentioned the colybdæna in the lines I have quoted above; which Nicander
calls the beauty of the sea; but Heraclides in his Cookery Book gives
that name to the caris. But Aristotle, in the fifth book of his Parts of
Animals, says, "Of soft-shelled animals the carabi, the astaci, the
carides, and others of the same sort, are propagated like quadrupeds;
and they breed at the beginning of spring; as indeed is no secret to
anybody; but at times they breed when the fig begins to ripen.

Now carabi are found in rough and rocky places; but astaci in smooth
ground; neither kind in muddy places: on which account there are astaci
produced in the Hellespont and about Thasos; and carabi off Cape Sigeum
and Mount Athos. But the whole race of crabs is long-lived. But
Theophrastus, in his book on Animals who dive in Holes, says that the
astaci and carabi and carides all cast off their old age.

66. But concerning carides, Ephorus mentions in his first book that
there is a city called Carides near the island of Chios; and he says
that it was founded by Macar and those of his companions who were saved
out of the deluge which happened in the time of Deucalion; and that to
this very day the place is called Carides. But Archestratus, the
inventor of made dishes, gives these recommendations--

     But if you ever come to Iasus,
     A city of the Carians, you shall have
     A caris of huge size, but rare to buy.
     Many there are where Macedon is wash'd
     By the deep sea, and in Ambracia's gulf.

But Araros in his Campylion has used the word καρῖδα with the penultima
circumflexed and long--

     The strangely bent carides did leap forth
     Like dolphins into the rope-woven vessel.

And Eubulus says in his Orthane--

     I put a carid (καρῖδα) down and took it up again.

Anaxandrides says in his Lycurgus--

     And he plays with little carids (καριδάριον),
     And little partridges, and little lettuces;
     And little sparrows, and with little cups,
     And little scindaries, and little gudgeons.

And the same poet says in his Pandarus--

     If you don't stoop, my friend, you'll upright be.
     But she is like a carid (καριδόω) in her person;
     Bent out, and like an anchor standing firm.

And in his Cerkios he says--

     I'll make them redder than a roasted carid (καρῖδος).

And Eubulus says in his Grandmothers--

     And carids (καρῖδες) of the humpback'd sort.

And Ophelion says in his Callæschrus--

     There lay the crooked carids (καρῖδες) on dry ground.

And in his Ialemus we find--

     And then they danced as crooked limbed carides (καρῖδες)
     Dance on the glowing embers.

But Eupolis, in his Goats, uses the word with the penultima short,
(καρῐ́ δες), thus--

     Once in Phæacia I ate carides (καρίδες).

And again in his People he says--

     Having the face of a tough thick-skinn'd carid (καρίδος).

67. Now the carides were so called from the word κάρα, _head_. For the
head takes up the greater part of them. But the Attic writers also use
the word short in the same manner, in analogy with the quantity of
κάρα, it being, as I said, called caris because of the size of its head;
and so, as γραφὶς is derived from γραφὴ, and βολὶς from βολὴ, in like manner
is καρὶς from κάρα. But when the penultima is made long the last syllable
also is made long, and then the word is like ψηφὶς, and κρηπὶς, and τευθίς.

But concerning these shell-fish, Diphilus the Siphnian writes, "Of all
shell-fish the caris, and astacus, and carabus, and carcinus, and lion,
being all of the same genus, are distinguished by some differences. And
the lion is larger than the astacus; and the carabi are called also
grapsæi; but they are more fleshy than the carcini; but the carcinus is
heavy and indigestible." But Mnesitheus the Athenian, in his treatise on
Comestibles, says, "Carabi and carcini and carides, and such like; these
are all indigestible, but still not nearly so much so as other fish: and
they are better and more wholesome roast than boiled." But Sophron in
his Gynæcea calls carides _courides_, saying--

     Behold the dainty courides, my friend.
     And see these lobsters; see how red they are,
     How smooth and glossy is their hair and coats.

And Epicharmus in his Land and Sea says--

     And red-skinned courides.

And in his Logos and Logina he spells the word κωρίδες with an ω--

     Oily anchovies, crooked corides.

And Simonides says--

     Beet-root with thunnies, and with gudgeons corides.

68. After this conversation there were brought in some dishes of fried
liver; wrapped up in what is called the caul, or ἐπίπλοον, which
Philetærus in his Tereus calls ἐπιπλοῖον. And Cynulcus looking on
said,--Tell us, O wise Ulpian, whether there is such an expression
anywhere as "liver rolled up." And he replied,--I will tell you if you
will first show me in whose works the word ἐπίπλους is used for the
fat and the membrane which covers it. So as they were thus prepared for
the discussion, Myrtilus said, The word ἐπίπλους is used by Epicharmus
in the Bacchæ--

     And wrapping up the bread in the ἐπίπλοος.

And again, in his Theari, he says--

     Around the loins and ἐπίπλους.

And Ion of Chios, in his Epidemiæ, says--

     Having wrapp'd it up in the ἐπίπλους.

So here, my friend Ulpian, you have plenty of authority for your
ἐπίπλους. And you may wrap yourself up in it and burn yourself, and so
release us from all these investigations. And, indeed, you ought to bear
your own testimony to a liver having been prepared in this way; since
you mentioned before, when we were inquiring about ears and feet, what
Alexis said in his Crateua, or the Female Druggist. And the whole
quotation is serviceable for many purposes, and since you at the moment
fail to recollect it, I myself will repeat it to you.

The Comedian says this--


     First, then, I saw a man whose name was Nercus;
     With noble oysters laden; an aged man,
     And clad in brown sea-weed. I took the oysters
     And eke some fine sea-urchins; a good prelude
     To a rich banquet daintily supplied.
     When they were done, next came some little fish,
     Still quivering as if they felt a fear
     Of what should now befal them. Courage, said I,
     My little friends, and fear no harm from me;
     And to spare them I bought a large flat glaucus.
     Then a torpedo came; for it did strike me,
     That even if my wife should chance to touch it
     She from its shock would surely take no harm.
     So for my frying-pan I've soles and plaice,
     Carides, gudgeons, perch, and spars, and eels,
     A dish more varied than a peacock's tail.
     Slices of meat, and feet, and snouts, and ears,
     And a pig's liver neatly wrapp'd in caul.
     For by itself it looks too coarse and livid.
     No cook shall touch or e'er behold these dainties;
     He would destroy them all. I'll manage them
     Myself; with skill and varied art the sauce
     I will compound, in such a tasty way
     That all the guests shall plunge their very teeth
     Into the dish for joy and eagerness;
     And the recipes and different modes of dressing
     I am prepared to teach the world for nothing,
     If men are only wise enough to learn.

70. But that it was the fashion for liver to be wrapped up in a caul is
stated by Hegesander the Delphian in his Memorials, where he says that
Metanira the courtesan, having got a piece of the lungs of the animal in
the liver which was thus wrapped up, as soon as she had unfolded the
outer coat of fat and seen it, cried out--

     I am undone, the tunic's treacherous folds
     Have now entangled me to my destruction.

And perhaps it was because of its being in this state that Crobylus the
comic poet called the liver modest; as Alexis also does in his
Pseudypobolemæus, speaking as follows--

     Take the stiff feelers of the polypus,
     And in them you shall find some modest liver,
     And cutlets of wild goats, which you shall eat.

But Aristophanes uses the diminutive form ἡπάτιον in his Tagenistæ,
and so does Alcæus in the Palæstra, and Eubulus in his Deucalion.
And the first letter of ἧπαρ and ἡπάτιον must be aspirated. For a
synalœpha is used by Archilochus with the aspirate; when he says--

     For you do seem to have no gall ἐφ' ἥπατι (_in your liver_).

There is also a fish which is called ἥπατος, which Eubulus himself
mentions in his Lacedæmonians or Leda, and says that it has no gall in

     You thought that I'd no gall; but spoke to me
     As if I'd been a ἥπατος: but I
     Am rather one of the melampyx class.

But Hegesander, in his Memorials, says, that the hepatos has in its head
two stones, like pearls in brilliancy and colour, and in shape something
like a turbot.

71. But Alexis speaks of fried fish in his Demetrius, as he does also in
the before-mentioned play. And Eubulus says, in his Orthane--

     Now each fair woman walks about the streets,
     Fond of fried fish and stout Triballian youths.
     Then there is beet-root and canary-grass
     Mix'd up in forcemeat with the paunch of lamb,
     Which leaps within one's stomach like a colt
     Scarce broken to the yoke. Meanwhile the bellows
     Waken the watchful hounds of Vulcan's pack,
     And stir the frying-pan with vapours warm.
     The fragrant steam straight rises to the nose,
     And fills the sense with odours.
     Then comes the daughter of the bounteous Ceres,
     Fair wheaten flour, duly mash'd, and press'd
     Within the hollow of the gaping jaws,
     Which like the trireme's hasty shock comes on,
     The fair forerunner of a sumptuous feast.

I have also eaten cuttle-fish fried. But Nicostratus or Philetærus says,
in the Antyllus--I never again will venture to eat cuttle-fish which has
been dressed in a frying-pan. But Hegemon, in his Philinna, introduces
men eating the roe fried, saying--

     Go quickly, buy of them that polypus,
     And fry the roe, and give it us to eat.

72. Ulpian was not pleased at this; and being much vexed, he looked at
us, and repeating these iambics from the Orthanus of Eubulus, said--

     How well has Myrtilus, cursed by the gods,
     Come now to shipwreck on this frying-pan.

For certainly I well know that he never ate any of these things at his
own expense; and I heard as much from one of his own servants, who once
quoted me these iambics from the Pornoboscus of Eubulus--

     My master comes from Thessaly; a man
     Of temper stern; wealthy, but covetous;
     A wicked man; a glutton; fond of dainties,
     Yet sparing to bestow a farthing on them.

But as the young man was well educated, and that not by Myrtilus, but by
some one else, when I asked him how he fell in with the young Myrtilus,
he repeated to me these lines from the Neottis of Antiphanes--

     While still a boy, bearing my sister company,
     I came to Athens, by some merchant brought;
     For Syria was my birthplace. There that merchant
     Saw us when we were both put up for sale,
     And bought us, driving a most stingy bargain.
     No man could e'er in wickedness surpass him;
     So miserly, that nothing except thyme
     Was ever bought by him for food, not e'en
     So much as might have fed Pythagoras.

73. While Ulpian went on jesting in this manner, Cynulcus cried out--I
want some bread; and when I say bread ἄrtos I do not mean Artus king
of the Messapians, the Messapians, I mean, in Iapygia, concerning whom
there is a treatise among Polemo's works. And Thucydides also mentions
him, in his seventh book, and Demetrius the comic writer speaks of him
in the drama entitled Sicily, using the following language--

     From thence, borne on by the south wind, we came
     Across the sea to the Italian shore,
     Where the Messapians dwelt; and Artus there,
     The monarch of the land, received us kindly,
     A great and noble host for foreigners.

But this is not the time for speaking of that Artus, but of the other,
which was discovered by Ceres, surnamed Sito (food), and Simalis. For
those are the names under which the Goddess is worshipped by the
Syracusans, as Polemo himself reports in his book about Morychus. But in
the first book of his treatise addressed to Timæus, he says, that in
Scolus, a city of Bœotia, statues are erected to Megalartus (the God
or Goddess of great bread), and to Megalomazus (the God or Goddess of
abundant corn). So when the loaves were brought, and on them a great
quantity of all kinds of food, looking at them, he said--

     What numerous nets and snares are set by men
     To catch the helpless loaves;

as Alexis says in his play, The Girl sent to the Well. And so now let us
say something about bread.

74. But Pontianus anticipating him, said; Tryphon of Alexandria, in the
book entitled the Treatise on Plants, mentions several kinds of loaves;
if I can remember them accurately, the leavened loaf, the unleavened
loaf, the loaf made of the best wheaten flour, the loaf made of groats,
the loaf made of remnants (and this he says is more digestible than that
which is made only of the best flour), the loaf made of rye, the loaf
made of acorns, the loaf made of millet. The loaf made of groats, said
he, is made of oaten groats, for groats are not made of barley. And from
a peculiar way of baking or roasting it, there is a loaf called ipnites
(or the oven loaf) which Timocles mentions in his Sham Robbers, where he

     And seeing there a tray before me full
     Of smoking oven-loaves, I took and ate them.

There is another kind called escharites (or the hearth-loaf), and this
is mentioned by Antidotus in the Protochorus--

     I took the hot hearth-loaves, how could I help it?
     And dipp'd them in sweet sauce, and then I ate them.

And Crobylus says, in his Strangled Man--

     I took a platter of hot clean hearth-loaves.

And Lynceus the Samian, in his letter to Diagoras, comparing the
eatables in vogue at Athens with those which were used at Rhodes,
says--"And moreover, while they talk a great deal about their bread
which is to be got in the market, the Rhodians at the beginning and
middle of dinner put loaves on the table which are not at all inferior
to them; but when they have given over eating and are satisfied, then
they introduce a most agreeable dish, which is called the hearth-loaf,
the best of all loaves; which is made of sweet things, and compounded so
as to be very soft, and it is made up with such an admirable harmony of
all the ingredients as to have a most excellent effect; so that often a
man who is drunk becomes sober again, and in the same way a man who has
just eaten to satiety is made hungry again by eating of it."

There is another kind of loaf called tabyrites, of which Sopater, in his
Cnidia, says--The tabyrites loaf was one which fills the cheeks.

There was also a loaf called the achæinas. And this loaf is mentioned by
Semus, in the eighth book of his Delias; and he says that is made by the
women who celebrate the Thesmophoria. They are loaves of a large size.
And the festival is called Megalartia, which is a name given to it by
those who carry these loaves, who cry--"Eat a large achæinas, full of

There is another loaf called cribanites, or the pan-loaf. This is
mentioned by Aristophanes, in his Old Age. And he introduces a woman
selling bread, complaining that her loaves have been taken from her by
those who have got rid of the effects of their old age--

     _A._ What was the matter?

                               _B._ My hot loaves, my son.

     _A._ Sure you are mad?

                            _B._ My nice pan-loaves, my son,
     So white, so hot. . . . . .

There is another loaf called the encryphias, or secret loaf. And this is
mentioned by Nicostratus, in his Hierophant, and Archestratus the
inventor of made dishes, whose testimony I will introduce at the proper

There is a loaf also called dipyrus, or twice-baked. Eubulus says, in
his Ganymede--

     And nice hot twice-baked loaves.

And Alcæus says, in his Ganymede--

     _A._ But what are dipyri, or twice-baked loaves?

     _B._ Of all loaves the most delicate.

There is another loaf, called laganum. This is very light, and not very
nutritious; and the loaf called apanthracis is even less nutritious
still. And Aristophanes mentions the laganum in his Ecclesiazusæ,

     The lagana are being baked.

And the apanthracis is mentioned by Diocles the Carystian, in the first
book of his treatise on Wholesomes, saying--"The apanthracis is more
tender than the laganum: and it appears that it is made on the coals,
like that called by the Attic writers encryphias, which the Alexandrians
consecrate to Saturn, and put them in the temple of Saturn for every one
to eat who pleases."

75. And Epicharmus, in his Hebe's Marriage, and in his Muses (and this
play is an emendation of the former one), thus enumerates the different
kinds of loaves--"The pan-loaf, the homorus, the statites, the encris,
the loaf made of meal, the half loaf," which Sophron also mentions in
his Female Actors, saying--

     Pan-loaves and homori, a dainty meal
     For goddesses, and a half-loaf for Hecate.

And I know, my friends, that the Athenians spell this word with a ρ,
writing κρίβανον and κριβανίτης; but Herodotus, in the second book of his
history, writes it with a λ, saying κλιβάνῳ διαφανεῖ. And so Sophron said--

     Who dresses suet puddings or clibanites,
     Or half-loaves here?

And the same writer also speaks of a loaf which he calls πλακίτης, saying
in his Gynæcea--

     He feasted me till night with placite loaves.

Sophron also mentions tyron bread, or bread compounded with cheese,
saying in the play called the Mother-in-law--

     I bid you now eat heartily,
     For some one has just giv'n a tyron loaf,
     Fragrant with cheese, to all the children.

And Nicander of Colophon, in his Dialects, calls unleavened bread
δάρατος. And Plato the comic writer, in his Long Night, calls large
ill-made loaves Cilician, in these words--

     Then he went forth, and bought some loaves, not nice
     Clean rolls, but dirty huge Cilicians.

And in the drama entitled Menelaus, he calls some loaves agelæi, or
_common loaves_. There is also a loaf mentioned by Alexis, in his
Cyprian, which he calls autopyrus--

     Having just eaten autopyrus bread.

And Phrynichus, in his Poastriæ, speaks of the same loaves, calling them
autopyritæ, saying--

     With autopyrite loaves, and sweeten'd cakes
     Of well-press'd figs and olives.

And Sophocles makes mention of a loaf called orindes, in his Triptolemus,
which has its name from being made of rice ὄρυζα, or from a grain raised
in Æthiopia, which resembles sesamum.

Aristophanes also, in his Tagenistæ, or the Fryers, makes mention of
rolls called collabi, and says--

     Each of you take a collabus.

And in a subsequent passage he says--

     Bring here a paunch of pig in autumn born,
     With hot delicious collabi.

And these rolls are made of new wheat as Philyllius declares in his

     Here I come, bearing in my hand the offspring
     Of three months' wheat, hot doughy collabi,
     Mixed with the milk of the grass-feeding cow.

There is also a kind of loaf called maconidæ, mentioned by Alcman, in
his fifteenth book, in these terms--"There were seven couches for the
guests, and an equal number of tables of maconidæ loaves, crowned with a
white tablecloth, and with sesamum, and in handsome dishes." Chrysocolla
are a food made of honey and flax.[183:1]

There is also a kind of loaf called collyra, mentioned by Aristophanes
in his Peace--

     A large collyra, and a mighty lump
     Of dainty meat upon it.

And in his Holcades he says--

     And a collyra for the voyagers,
     Earn'd by the trophy raised at Marathon.

76. There is a loaf also called the obelias, or the penny loaf, so
called because it is sold for a penny, as in Alexandria; or else because
it is baked on small spits. Aristophanes, in his Farmers, says--

     Then perhaps some one bakes a penny loaf.

And Pherecrates, in his Forgetful Man, says--

     Olen, now roast a penny roll with ashes,
     But take care, don't prefer it to a loaf.

And the men who in the festivals carried these penny rolls on their
shoulders were called ὀβελιαφόροι. And Socrates, in his sixth book of
his Surnames, says that it was Bacchus who invented the penny roll on
his expeditions. There is a roll called etnites, the same which is also
named lecithites, according to the statement of Eucrates.

The Messapians call bread πανὸς, and they call satiety πανία, and those
things which give a surfeit they call πάνια; at least, those terms are
used by Blæsus, in his Mesotriba, and by Archilochus, in his Telephus,
and by Rhinthon, in his Amphitryon. And the Romans call bread _panis_.

Nastus is a name given to a large loaf of leavened bread, according to
the statement of Polemarchus and Artemidorus. But the Heracleon is a
kind of cheesecake. And Nicostratus says, in his Sofa--

     Such was the size, O master, of the nastus,
     A large white loaf. It was so deep, its top
     Rose like a tower quite above its basket.
     Its smell, when that the top was lifted up,
     Rose up, a fragrance not unmix'd with honey
     Most grateful to our nostrils, still being hot.

The name of bread among the Ionians was cnestus, as Artemidorus the
Ephesian states in his Memorials of Ionia. Thronus was the name of a
particular kind of loaf, as it is stated by Neanthes of Cyzicus, in the
second book of his Grecian History, where he writes as follows--"But
Codrus takes a slice of a loaf of the kind called thronus, and a piece
of meat, such as they give to the old men."

There is, among the Elians, a kind of loaf baked on the ashes which they
call bacchylus, as Nicander states in the second book of his treatise On
Dialects. And Diphilus mentions it in his Woman who went Astray, in
these words--

     To bring loaves baked on ashes, strain'd through sieves.

The thing called ἀποπυρίας is also a kind of roll; and that also is baked
on the ashes; and by some it is called ζυμίτης, or leavened. Cratinus, in
his Effeminate People--

     First of all I an apopyrias have--

            *       *       *       *       *

77. And Archestratus, in his Gastronomy, thus speaks of flour and of

     First, my dear Moschus, will I celebrate
     The bounteous gifts of Ceres the fair-hair'd.
     And cherish these my sayings in thy heart.
     Take these most excellent things,--the well-made cake
     Of fruitful barley, in fair Lesbos grown,
     On the circumfluous hill of Eresus;
     Whiter than driven snow, if it be true
     That these are loaves such as the gods do eat,
     Which Mercury their steward buys for them.
     Good is the bread in seven-gated Thebes,
     In Thasos, and in many other cities,
     But all compared with these would seem but husks,
     And worthless refuse. Be you sure of this.
     Seek too the round Thessalian roll, the which
     A maid's fair hand has kneaded, which the natives
     Crimmatias call; though others chondrinus.
     Nor let the Tegean son of finest flour,
     The fine encryphias be all unpraised.
     Athens, Minerva's famous city, sends
     The best of loaves to market, food for men;
     There is, besides, Erythra, known for grapes,
     Nor less for a white loaf in shapely pan,
     Carefully moulded, white and beautiful,
     A tempting dish for hungry guests at supper.

The epicure Archestratus says this; and he counsels us to have a
Phœnician or Lydian slave for a baker; for he was not ignorant that
the best makers of loaves come from Cappadocia. And he speaks thus--

     Take care, and keep a Lydian in thy house,
     Or an all-wise Phœnician; who shall know
     Your inmost thoughts, and each day shall devise
     New forms to please your mind, and do your bidding.

78. Antiphanes also speaks of the Athenian loaves as preeminently good,
in his Omphale, saying--

     For how could any man of noble birth
     Ever come forth from this luxurious house,
     Seeing these fair-complexion'd wheaten loaves
     Filling the oven in such quick succession,
     And seeing them, devise fresh forms from moulds,
     The work of Attic hands; well-train'd by wise
     Thearion to honour holy festivals.

This is that Thearion the celebrated baker, whom Plato makes mention of
in the Gorgias, joining him and Mithæcus in the same catalogue, writing
thus. "Those who have been or are skilful providers for the body you
enumerated with great anxiety; Thearion the baker, and Mithæcus who
wrote the treatise called the Sicilian Cookery, and Sarambus the
innkeeper, saying that they were admirable providers for the body, the
one preparing most excellent loaves of bread, and the other preparing
meat, and the other wine." And Aristophanes, in the Gerytades and
Œolosicon, speaks in this manner--

     I come now, having left the baker's shop,
     The seat of good Thearion's pans and ovens.

And Eubulus makes mention of Cyprian loaves as exceedingly good, in his
Orthane, using these words--

     'Tis a hard thing, beholding Cyprian loaves,
     To ride by carelessly; for like a magnet
     They do attract the hungry passengers.

And Ephippus, in his Diana, makes mention of the κολλίκιοι loaves (and
they are the same as the κόλλαβοι) in these terms--

     Eating the collix, baked in well-shaped pan,
     By Alexander's Thessalian recipe.

Aristophanes also says, in his Acharnensians--

     All hail, my collix-eating young Bœotian.

79. When the conversation had gone on this way, one of the grammarians
present, whose name was Arrian, said--This food is as old as the time of
Saturn, my friends; for we are not rejoicing in meal, for the city is
full of bread, nor in all this catalogue of loaves. But since I have
fallen in with another treatise of Chrysippus of Tyana, which is
entitled a treatise on the Art of Making Bread; and since I have had
experience of the different recipes given in it at the houses of many
of my friends, I will proceed to say something myself also on the
subject of loaves. The kind of loaf which is called ἀρτοπτίκινος, differs
in some respect from that made in a pan, and from that made in an oven.
But if you make it with hard leaven, it will be bright and nice, so that
it may be eaten dry; but if it be made with a looser leaven, then it
will be light but not bright. But the loaf which is made in a pan, and
that which is made in an oven, require a softer kind of leaven. And
among the Greeks there is a kind of bread which is called tender, being
made up with a little milk and oil, and a fair quantity of salt; and one
must make the dough for this bread loose. And this kind of loaf is
called the Cappadocian, since tender bread is made in the greatest
quantities in Cappadocia. But the Syrians call loaves of this kind
λαχμὴ; and it is the best bread made in Syria, because it can be eaten
hot; and it is like a flower. But there is also a loaf called boletinus,
from being made like a mushroom, and the kneading-trough is smeared with
poppies plastered over the bottom of it, on which the dough is placed,
and by this expedient it is prevented from sticking to the trough while
the leaven is mixed in. But when it is put in the oven, then some groats
are spread under on a tile, and then the bread is put on it, and it gets
a most beautiful colour, like cheese which has been smoked.

There is also a kind of bread called strepticias, which is made up with
a little milk, and pepper and a little oil is added, and sometimes suet
is substituted. And a little wine, and pepper, and milk, and a little
oil, or sometimes suet, is employed in making the cake called
artolaganum. But for making the cakes called capuridia tracta, you mix
the same ingredients that you do for bread, and the difference is in the

80. So when the mighty sophist of Rome had enunciated these precepts of
Aristarchus, Cynulcus said--O Ceres, what a wise man! It is not without
reason that the admirable Blepsias has pupils as the sand of the sea in
number, and has amassed wealth from this excellent wisdom of his, beyond
all that was acquired by Gorgias or Protagoras. So that I am afraid, by
the goddesses, to say whether he himself is blind, or whether those who
have entrusted his pupils to him have all but one eye, so as scarcely to
be able to see, numerous as they are. Happy are they, or rather blessed
ought I to call them, whose masters treat them to such divine lectures.
And in reply to this Magnus, a man fond of the table, and very much
inclined to praise this grammarian to excess, because of the abundance
of his learning, said--But ye--

     Men with unwashen feet, who lie on the ground,
     You roofless wanderers, all-devouring throats,
     Feasting on other men's possessions,

as Eubulus says--did not your father Diogenes, once when he was eagerly
eating a cheesecake at a banquet, say to some one who put the question
to him, that he was eating bread excellently well made? But as for you,

     Stranglers of dishes of white paunches,

as the same poet, Eubulus, says, you keep on speaking without ever
giving place to others; and you are never quiet until some one throws
you a crust or a bone, as he would do to a dog. How do you come to know
that cubi (I do not mean those which you are continually handling) are a
kind of loaf, square, seasoned with anise, and cheese, and oil, as
Heraclides says in his Cookery Book? But Blepsias overlooked this kind,
as also he did the thargelus, which some call the thalysius. But Crates,
in the second book of his treatise on the Attic Dialect, says that the
thargelus is the first loaf made after the carrying home of the harvest.
The loaf made of sesame he had never seen, nor that which is called
anastatus, which is made for the Arrephori.[188:1] There is also a loaf
called the pyramus, made of sesame, and perhaps being the same as the
sesamites. But Trypho mentions all these different kinds in the first
book of his treatise on Plants, as he also does those which are called
thiagones. And these last are loaves made for the gods in Ætolia. There
are also loaves called dramices and araxis among the Athamanes.

81. And the writers of books on dialects give lists of the names of
different loaves. Seleucus speaks of one called dramis, which bears this
name among the Macedonians; and of another called daratus by the
Thessalians. And he speaks of the etnites, saying that it is the same as
the lecithites, that is to say, made of the yolks of eggs and of pulse.
And he says that the loaf called ἐρικίτης, has its name from being made of
wheat crushed (ἐρηριγμένος), and not sifted, and of groats. And Amerias
speaks of a loaf called xeropyrites, made of pure wheat, and nothing
else; and so does Timachidas. But Nicander says that thiagones is the
name given by the Ætolians to those loaves which are made for the gods.
The Egyptians have a bread which is rather bitter, which they call
cyllastis. And Aristophanes speaks of it in his Danaides, saying--

     Mention the cyllastis and the petosiris.

Hecatæus, too, and Herodotus mention it; and so does Phanodemus, in the
seventh book of his Attic History. But Nicander of Thyatira says, that
it is bread made of barley which is called cyllastis by the Egyptians.
Alexis calls dirty loaves phæi, in his Cyprian, saying--

     _A._ Then you are come at last?

                                     _B._ Scarce could I find
          Of well-baked loaves enough----

                                          _A._ A plague upon you;
          But what now have you got?

                                     _B._ I bring with me
          Sixteen, a goodly number; eight of them
          Tempting and white, and just as many phæi.

And Seleucus says that there is a very closely made hot bread which is
called blema. And Philemon, in the first book of his Oracles, "Useful
Things of Every Kind," says--that bread made of unsifted wheat, and
containing the bran and everything, is called πυρνός. He says, too, that
there are loaves which are called blomilii, which have divisions in
them, which the Romans call quadrati. And that bread made of bran is
called brattime, which Amerias and Timachidas call euconon or teuconon.
But Philetas, in his Miscellanies, says that there is a kind of loaf
which is called spoleus, which is only eaten by relations when assembled

82. Now you may find barley-cakes mentioned in his writings by Tryphon,
and by many other authors. Among the Athenians it is called phystes, not
being too closely kneaded. There is also the cardamale, and the berex,
and the tolype, and the Achilleum; and perhaps that is a cake which is
made of the Achillean barley. Then there is the thridakina, so named
from lettuce; the œnutta, so called from wine; the melitutta, from
honey; and the crinon, the name of which is derived from the lily, which
last is also the name of a choral dance, mentioned by Apollophanes, in
the Dalis. But the cakes called thridaciscæ by Alcman, are the same as
the Attic thridacinæ. But Alcman speaks thus--

     The thridacisca, and the cribanotus.

And Sosibius, in the third book of his essay on Alcman, says, that
cribana is a name given to a peculiar kind of cheesecake, in shape like
a breast. But the barley cake, which is given in sacrifices to be tasted
by the sacrificers, is called hygea. And there is also one kind of
barley cake which is called by Hesiod amolgæa.

     The amolgæan cake of barley made,
     And milk of goats whose stream is nearly dry.

And he calls it the cake of the shepherds, and very strengthening. For
the word ἀμολγὸς means that which is in the greatest vigour. But I may
fairly beg to be excused from giving a regular list (for I have not a
very unimpeachable memory) of all the kinds of biscuits and cakes which
Aristomenes the Athenian speaks of in the third book of his treatise on
Things pertaining to the Sacred Ceremonies. And we ourselves were
acquainted with that man, though we were young, and he was older than
we. And he was an actor in the Old Comedy, a freedman of that most
accomplished king Adrian, and called by him the Attic partridge.

And Ulpian said--By whom is the word freedman (ἀπελεύθερος) ever used?
And when some one replied that there was a play with that title--namely,
the Freedman of Phrynichus, and that Menander, in his Beaten Slave,
had the word freedwoman (ἀπελευθέρα), and was proceeding to mention
other instances; he asked again--What is the difference between
ἀπελεύθερος[190:1] and ἐξελεύθερος. However, it was agreed upon to postpone
this part of the discussion for the present.

83. And Galen, when we were just about to lay hands on the loaves,
said--We will not begin supper until you have heard what the sons of the
Asclepiadæ have said about loaves, and cheesecakes, and meal, and flour.
Diphilus the Siphnian, in his treatise on What is Wholesome to be eaten
by People in Health and by Invalids, says, "Loaves made of wheat are by
far more nutritious and by far more digestible than those made of
barley, and are in every respect superior to them; and the next best are
those which are made of similago; and next to those come the loaves made
of sifted flour, and next to them those called syncomisti, which are
made of unsifted meal;--for these appear to be more nutritious." But
Philistion the Locrian says "that the loaves made of similago are
superior to those made of groats, as far as their strengthening
properties go; and next to them he ranks loaves made of groats, then
those made of sifted flour. But the rolls made of bran give a much less
wholesome juice, and are by far less nutritious. And all bread is more
digestible when eaten hot than cold, and it is also more digestible
then, and affords a pleasanter and more wholesome juice; nevertheless,
hot bread is apt to cause flatulence, though it is not the less
digestible for that; while cold bread is filling and indigestible. But
bread which is very stale and cold is less nutritious, and is apt to
cause constipation of the bowels, and affords a very unpleasant juice.
The bread called encryphiasis is heavy and difficult of digestion,
because it is not baked in an equal manner; but that which is called
ipnites and caminites is indigestible and apt to disagree with people.
That called escharites, and that which is fried, is more easily secreted
because of the admixture of oil in it, but is not so good for the
stomach, on account of the smell which there is about it. But the bread
called 'the clibanites' has every possible good quality; for it gives a
pleasant and wholesome juice, and is good for the stomach, and is
digestible, and agrees exceedingly well with every one, for it never
clogs the bowels, and never relaxes them too much."

But Andreas the physician says that there are loaves in Sicily made of
the sycamine, and that those who eat them lose their hair and become
bald. Mnesitheus says "that wheat-bread is more digestible than
barley-bread, and that those which are made with the straw in them are
exceedingly nutritious; for they are the most easily digested of all
food. But bread which is made of rye, if it be eaten in any quantity, is
heavy and difficult of digestion; on which account those who eat it do
not keep their health." But you should know that corn which has not
been exposed to the fire, and which has not been ground, causes
flatulence, and heaviness, and vertigo, and headache.

84. After all this conversation it seemed good to go to supper. And when
the Uræum was carried round, Leonidas said, "Euthydemus the Athenian, my
friends, in his treatise on Pickles, says that Hesiod has said with
respect to every kind of pickle--

            *       *       *       *       *[192:1]

     Some sorrily-clad fishermen did seek
     To catch a lamprey; men who love to haunt
     The Bosporus's narrow strait, well stored
     With fish for pickling fit. They cut their prey
     In large square portions, and then plunge them deep
     Into the briny tub: nor is the oxyrhyncus
     A kind to be despised by mortal man;
     Which the bold sons of ocean bring to market
     Whole and in pieces. Of the noble tunny
     The fair Byzantium the mother is,
     And of the scombrus lurking in the deep,
     And of the well-fed ray. The snow-white Paros
     Nurses the colius for human food;
     And citizens from Bruttium or Campania,
     Fleeing along the broad Ionian sea,
     Will bring the orcys, which shall potted be,
     And placed in layers in the briny cask,
     Till honour'd as the banquet's earliest course.

Now these verses appear to me to be the work of some cook rather than of
that most accomplished Hesiod; for how is it possible for him to have
spoken of Parium or Byzantium, and still more of Tarentum and the
Bruttii and the Campanians, when he was many years more ancient than any
of these places or tribes? So it seems to me that they are the verses of
Euthydemus himself."

And Dionysiocles said, "Whoever wrote the verses, my good Leonidas, is a
matter which you all, as being grammarians of the highest reputation,
are very capable of deciding. But since the discussion is turning upon
pickles and salt fish, concerning which I recollect a proverb which was
thought deserving of being quoted by Charchus the Solensian,--

     For old salt-fish is fond of marjoram.

I too myself will say a word on the subject, which is not unconnected
with my own art.

85. Diocles the Carystian, in his treatise on the Wholesomes, as it is
entitled, says, "Of all salt-fish which are destitute of fat, the best
is the horæum; and of all that are fat, the best is the tunny-fish." But
Icesius says, "that neither the pelamydes nor the horæa are easily
secreted by the stomach; and that the younger tunnies are similar in
most respects to the cybii, but that they have a great superiority over
those which are called horæa." And he says the same of the Byzantine
horæa, in comparison with those which are caught in other places. And he
says "that not only the tunnies, but that all other fish caught at
Byzantium is superior to that which is caught elsewhere."

To this Daphnus the Ephesian added,--Archestratus, who sailed round the
whole world for the sake of finding out what was good to eat, and what
pleasures he could derive from the use of his inferior members, says--

     And a large slice of fat Sicilian tunny,
     Carefully carved, should be immersed in brine.
     But the saperdes is a worthless brute,
     A delicacy fit for Ponticans
     And those who like it. For few men can tell
     How bad and void of strengthening qualities
     Those viands are. The scombrus should be kept
     Three days before you sprinkle it with salt,
     Then let it lie half-pickled in the cask.
     But when you come unto the sacred coast,
     Where proud Byzantium commands the strait,
     Then take a slice of delicate horæum,
     For it is good and tender in those seas.

But that epicure Archestratus has omitted to enumerate the pickle-juice
called elephantine, which is spoken of by Crates the comic poet, in his
Samians; who says of it--

     A sea-born turtle in the bitter waves
     Bears in its skin the elephantine pickle;
     And crabs swift as the wind, and thin-wing'd pike,

     [193:1] *       *       *       *       *

But that the elephantine pickle of Crates was very celebrated
Aristophanes bears witness, in his Thesmophoriazusæ, in these words--

     Sure comic poetry is a mighty food;
     Listen to Crates, he will tell you, how
     The elephantine pickle, easily made,
     Is dainty seas'ning; many other jokes
     Of the same kind he utter'd.

86. And there was another kind, which Alexis calls raw pickle, in his
Apeglaucomenos. And the same poet, in his Wicked Woman, introduces a
cook talking about the preparation of salt-fish and pickled fish, in the
following verses:--

     I wish now, sitting quiet by myself,
     To ponder in my mind some dainty dishes;
     And also to arrange what may be best
     For the first course, and how I best may flavour
     Each separate dish, and make it eatable.
     Now first of all the pickled horæum comes;
     This will but cost one penny; wash it well,
     Then strew a large flat dish with seasoning,
     And put in that the fish. Pour in white wine
     And oil, then add some boil'd beef marrow-bones,
     And take it from the fire, when the last zest
     Shall be by assafœtida imparted.

And, in his Apeglaucomenos, a man being asked for his contribution to
the feast, says--

     _A._ Indeed you shall not half a farthing draw
          From me, unless you name each separate dish.

     _B._ That reasonable is.

                              _A._ Well, bring a slate
     And pencil; now your items.

                                 _B._ First, there is
     Raw pickled fish, and that will fivepence cost.

     _A._ What next?

                     _B._ Some mussels, sevenpence for them.

     _A._ Well, there's no harm in that. What follows next?

     _B._ A pennyworth of urchins of the sea.

     _A._ Still I can find no fault.

                                     _B._ The next in order
     Is fine dish of cabbage, which you said . . .

     _A._ Well, that will do.

                              _B._ For that I paid just twopence.

     _A._ What was't I said?

                             _B._ A cybium for threepence.

     _A._ But are you sure you've nought embezzled here?

     _B._ My friend, you've no experience of the market;
          You know not how the grubs devour the greens.

     _A._ But how is that a reason for your charging
          A double price for salt-fish?

                                        _B._ The greengrocer
          Is also a salt-fishmonger; go and ask him.
          A conger, tenpence.

                              _A._ That is not too much.
          What next?

                     _B._ I bought a roast fish for a drachma.

     _A._ Bah! how he runs on now towards the end,
          As if a fever had o'ertaken him.

     _B._ Then add the wine, of which I bought three gallons
          When you were drunk, ten obols for each gallon.

87. And Icesius says, in the second book of his treatise on the
Materials of Nourishment, that pelamydes are a large kind of cybium. And
Posidippus speaks of the cybium, in his Transformed. But Euthydemus, in
his treatise on Salt Fish, says that the fish called the Delcanus is so
named from the river Delcon, where it is taken; and then, when pickled
and salted, it is very good indeed for the stomach. But Dorion, in his
book on Fishes, calls the leptinus the lebianus, and says, "that some
people say that is the same fish as the delcanus; and that the ceracinus
is called by many people the saperdes; and that the best are those which
come from the Palus Mæotis. And he says that the mullet which are caught
about Abdera are excellent; and next to them, those which are caught
near Sinope; and that they, when pickled and salted, are very good for
the stomach. But those, he says, which are called mulli are by some
people called agnotidia, and by some platistaci, though they are all the
same fish; as also is the chellares. For that he, being but one fish,
has received a great variety of names; for that he is called a bacchus,
and an oniscus, and a chellares. And those of the larger size are called
platistaci, and those of middle size mulli, and those which are but
small are called agnotidia. But Aristophanes also mentions the mulli, in
his Holcades--

     Scombri, and coliæ, and lebii,
     And mulli, and saperdæ, and all tunnies.

88. When Dionysiocles was silent upon this, Varus the grammarian
said,--But Antiphanes the poet, also, in his Deucalion, mentions these
kinds of pickled salt-fish, where he says--

     If any one should wish for caviar
     From mighty sturgeon, fresh from Cadiz' sea;
     Or else delights in the Byzantine tunny,
     And courts its fragrance.

And in his Parasite he says--

     Caviar from the sturgeon in the middle,
     Fat, white as snow, and hot.

And Nicostratus or Philetærus, in his Antyllus, says--

     Let the Byzantine salt-fish triumph here,
     And paunch from Cadiz, carefully preserved.

And a little further on, he proceeds--

     But, O ye earth and gods! I found a man,
     An honest fishmonger of pickled fish,
     Of whom I bought a huge fish ready scaled,
     Cheap at a drachma, for two oboli.
     Three days' hard eating scarcely would suffice
     That we might finish it; no, nor a fortnight,
     So far does it exceed the common size.

After this Ulpian, looking upon Plutarch, chimed in,--It seems to me
that no one, in all that has been said, has included the Mendesian fish,
which are so much fancied by you gentlemen of Alexandria; though I
should have thought that a mad dog would scarcely touch them; nor has
any one mentioned the hemineri or half-fresh fish, which you think so
good, nor the pickled shads. And Plutarch replied,--The heminerus, as
far as I know, does not differ from the half-pickled fish which have
been already mentioned, and which your elegant Archestratus speaks of;
but, however, Sopater the Paphian has mentioned the heminerus, in his
Slave of Mystacus, saying--

     He then received the caviar from a sturgeon
     Bred in the mighty Danube, dish much prized,
     Half-fresh, half-pickled, by the wandering Scythians.

And the same man includes the Mendesian in his list--

     A slightly salt Mendesian in season,
     And mullet roasted on the glowing embers.

And all those who have tried, know that these dishes are by far more
delicate and agreeable than the vegetables and figs which you make such
a fuss about. Tell us now also, whether the word τάριχος is used in the
masculine gender by the Attic writers; for we know it is by Epicharmus.

89. And while Ulpian was thinking this over with himself, Myrtilus,
anticipating him, said,--Cratinus, in his Dionysalexander, has--

     I will my basket fill with Pontic pickles,

(where he uses τάριχοι as masculine;) and Plato, in his Jupiter
Illtreated, says--

     All that I have amounts to this,
     And I shall lose my pickled fish (ταρίχους).

And Aristophanes says, in his Daitaleis--

     I'm not ashamed to wash this fine salt-fish (τὸν τάριχον τουτονὶ),
     From all the evils which I know he has.

And Crates says, in his Beasts--

     And you must boil some greens, and roast some fish,
     And pickled fish likewise, (τοὺς ταρίχους,) and keep your hands
     From doing any injury to us.

But the noun is formed in a very singular manner by Hermippus, in his
Female Bread-Sellers--

     And fat pickled fish (τάριχος πίονα).

And Sophocles says, in his Phineus--

     A pickled corpse (νεκρὸς τάριχος) Egyptian to behold.

Aristophanes has also treated us to a diminutive form of the word, in
his Peace--

     Bring us some good ταρίχιον to the fields

And Cephisodorus says, in his Pig--

     Some middling meat, or some ταρίχιον.

And Pherecrates, in his Deserters, has--

     The woman boil'd some pulse porridge, and lentils,
     And so awaited each of us, and roasted
     Besides an orphan small ταρίχιον.

Epicharmus also uses the word in the masculine gender, ὁ τάριχος. And
Herodotus does the same in his ninth book; where he says--"The
salt-fish (οἱ τάριχοι) lying on the fire, leaped about and quivered."
And the proverbs, too, in which the word occurs, have it in the
masculine gender:--

     Salt-fish (τάριχος) is done if it but see the fire.

     Salt-fish (τάριχος) when too long kept loves

     Salt-fish (τάριχος) does never get its due from men.

But the Attic writers often use it as a neuter word; and the genitive
case, as they use it, is τοῦ ταρίχους. Chionides says, in his Beggars--

     Will you then eat some pickled fish (τοῦ ταρίχους), ye gods!

And the dative is ταρίχει, like ξίφει--

     Beat therefore now upon this pickled fish (τῷ ταρίχει τῷδε).

And Menander uses it τάριχος, in the accusative case, in his Man
selecting an Arbitrator--

     I spread some salt upon the pickled fish (ἐπὶ τὸ τάριχος).

But when the word is masculine the genitive case does not end with σ.

90. The Athenians were so fond of pickled fish that they enrolled as
citizens the sons of Chærephilus the seller of salt-fish; as Alexis
tells us, in his Epidaurus, when he says--

     For 'twas salt-fish that made Athenians
     And citizens of Chærephilus's sons.

And when Timocles once saw them on horseback, he said that two
tunny-fish were among the Satyrs. And Hyperides the orator mentions them
too. And Antiphanes speaks of Euthynus the seller of pickled fish, in
his Couris, in these terms:--

     And going to the salt-fish seller, him
     I mean with whom I used to deal, there wait for me;
     And if Euthynus be not come, still wait,
     And occupy the man with fair excuses,
     And hinder him from cutting up the fish.

And Alexis, in his Hippiscus, and again in his Soraci, makes mention of
Phidippus; and he too was a dealer in salt-fish--

     There was another man, Phidippus hight,
     A foreigner who brought salt-fish to Athens.

91. And while we were eating the salt-fish and getting very anxious to
drink, Daphnus said, holding up both his hands,--Heraclides of Tarentum,
my friends, in his treatise entitled The Banquet, says, "It is good to
take a moderate quantity of food before drinking, and especially to eat
such dishes as one is accustomed to; for from the eating of things which
have not been eaten for a long time the wine is apt to be turned sour,
so as not to sit on the stomach, and many twinges and spasms are often
originated. But some people think that these also are bad for the
stomach; I mean, all kinds of vegetables and salted fish, since they
possess qualities apt to cause pangs; but that glutinous and
invigorating food is the most wholesome,--being ignorant that a great
many of the things which assist the secretions are, on the contrary,
very good for the stomach; among which is the plant called sisarum,
(which Epicharmus speaks of, in his Agrostinus, and also in his Earth
and Sea; and so does Diocles, in the first book of his treatise on the
Wholesomes;) and asparagus and white beet, (for the black beet is apt to
check the secretions,) and cockles, and solens, and sea mussels, and
chemæ, and periwinkles, and perfect pickles, and salt-fish, which are
void of smell, and many kinds of juicy fishes. And it is good that,
before the main dinner, there should be served up what is called salad,
and beet-root, and salt-fish, in order that by having the edge of our
appetite taken off we may go with less eagerness to what is not equally
nutritious. But at the beginning of dinner it is best to avoid abundant
draughts; for they are bad as generating too great a secretion of
humours in the body.

"But the Macedonians, according to the statement of Ephippus the
Olynthian, in his treatise Concerning the Burial of Alexander and
Hephæstion, had no notion of moderation in drinking, but started off at
once with enormous draughts before eating, so as to be drunk before the
first course was off the table, and to be unable to enjoy the rest of
the banquet."

92. But Diphilus the Siphnian says, "The salt pickles which are made of
fish, whether caught in the sea, or in the lake, or in the river, are
not very nourishing, nor very juicy, but are inflammatory, and act
strongly on the bowels, and are provocative of desire. But the best of
them are those which are made of animals devoid of fat, such as cybia,
and horæa, and other kinds like them. And of fat fish, the best are the
different kinds of tunny, and the young of the tunny; for the old ones
are larger and harsher to the taste; and above all, the Byzantine
tunnies are so. But the tunny, says he, is the same as the larger
pelamys, the small kind of which is the same as the cybium, to which
species the horæum also belongs. But the sarda is of very nearly the
same size as the colias. And the scombrus is a light fish, and one which
the stomach easily gets rid of; but the colias is a glutinous fish, very
like a squill, and apt to give twinges, and has an inferior juice, but
nevertheless is nutritious. And the best are those which are called the
Amyclæan, and the Spanish, which is also called the Saxitan; for they
are lighter and sweeter."

But Strabo, in the third book of his work on Geography, says that near
the Islands of Hercules,[199:1] and off the city of Carthagena, is a
city named Sexitania, from which the salt-fish above-mentioned derive
their name; and there is another city called Scombroaria, so called from
the scombri which are caught in its neighbourhood, and of them the best
sauce is made. But there are also fish which are called melandryæ,
which are mentioned by Epicharmus also, in his Ulysses the Deserter, in
this way--

     Then there was salt and pickled fish to eat,
     Something not quite unlike melandryæ.

But the melandrys is the largest description of tunny, as Pamphilus
explains in his treatise on Names; and that when preserved is very rich
and oily.

93. "But the raw pickle called omotarichum," says Diphilus, "is called
by some people cetema. It is a heavy sticky food, and moreover very
indigestible. But the river coracinus, which some people call the
peltes, the one from the Nile, I mean, which the people at Alexandria
have a peculiar name for, and call the heminerus, is rather fat, and has
a juice which is far from disagreeable; it is fleshy, nutritious, easily
digestible, not apt to disagree with one, and in every respect superior
to the mullet. Now the roe of every fish, whether fresh or dried and
salted, is indigestible and apt to disagree. And the most so of all is
the roe of the more oily and larger fish; for that remains harder for a
long time, and is not decomposed. But it is not disagreeable to the
taste when seasoned with salt and roasted. Every one, however, ought to
soak dried and salted fish until the water becomes free from smell, and
sweet. But dried sea-fish when boiled becomes sweeter; and they are
sweeter too when eaten hot than cold." And Mnesitheus the Athenian, in
his treatise on Comestibles, says, "Those juices which are salt, and
those which are sweet, all have an effect in relaxing the bowels; but
those which are sharp and harsh are strongly diuretic. Those too which
are bitter are generally diuretic, but some of them also relax the
bowels. Those which are sour, however, check the secretions."

And Xenophon, that most accomplished of writers, in his treatise
entitled Hiero, or the Tyrant, abuses all such food, and says, "For
what, said Hiero, have you never noticed all the multitudinous
contrivances which are set before tyrants, acid, and harsh, and sour;
and whatever else there can be of the same kind?--To be sure I have,
said Simonides, and all those things appeared to me to be very contrary
to the natural taste of any man. And do you think, said Hiero, that
these dishes are anything else but the fancies of a diseased and
vitiated taste; since those who eat with appetite, you well know, have
no need of these contrivances and provocatives?"

94. After this had been said, Cynulcus asked for some spiced and boiled
water to drink; saying that he must wash down all those salt arguments
with sweet drink. And Ulpian said to him with some indignation, and
slapping his pillow with his hand,--How long will it be before you leave
off your barbarian tricks? Will you never stop till I am forced to leave
the party and go away, being unable to digest all your absurd speeches?
And he replied,--Now that I am at Rome, the Sovereign City, I use the
language of the natives habitually; for among the ancient poets, and
among those prose writers who pique themselves on the purity of their
Greek, you may find some Persian nouns, because of their having got into
a habit of using them in conversation. As for instance, one finds
mention made of parasangs, and astandæ, and angari (couriers), and a
schœnus or perch, which last word is used either as a masculine or
feminine noun, and it is a measure on the road, which retains even to
this day that Persian name with many people. I know, too, that many of
the Attic writers affect to imitate Macedonian expressions, on account
of the great intercourse that there was between Attica and Macedonia.
But it would be better, in my opinion,

     To drink the blood of bulls, and so prefer
     The death of great Themistocles,

than to fall into your power. For I could not say, to drink the water of
bulls; as to which you do not know what it is. Nor do you know that even
among the very best poets and prose writers there are some things said
which are not quite allowable. Accordingly Cephisodorus, the pupil of
Isocrates the orator, in the third of his treatises addressed to
Aristotle, says that a man might find several things expressed
incorrectly by the other poets and sophists; as for instance, the
expression used by Archilochus, That every man was immodest; and that
apophthegm of Theodorus, That a man ought to get all he can, but to
praise equality and moderation; and also, the celebrated line of
Euripides about the tongue[201:1] having spoken; and even, by Sophocles,
the lines which occur in the Æthiopians--

     These things I say to you to give you pleasure,
     Not wishing to do aught by violence:
     And do thou, like wise men, just actions praise,
     And keep thy hands and heart from unjust gain.

And in another place the same poet says--

     I think no words, if companied by gain,
     Pernicious or unworthy.

And in Homer, we find Juno represented as plotting against Jupiter, and
Mars committing adultery. And for these sentiments and speeches those
writers are universally blamed.

95. If therefore I have committed any errors, O you hunter of fine names
and words, do not be too angry with me; for, according to Timotheus of
Miletus, the poet,--

     I do not sing of ancient themes,
     For all that's new far better seems.
     Jove's the new king of all the world;
     While anciently 'twas Saturn hurl'd
     His thunders, and the Heavens ruled;
     So I'll no longer be befool'd
             With dotard's ancient songs.

And Antiphanes says, in his Alcestis--

     Dost thou love things of modern fashion?
     So too does he; for he is well assured
     That new devices, though they be too bold,
     Are better far than old contrivances.

And I will prove to you, that the ancients were acquainted with the
water which is called dicoctas, in order that you may not be indignant
again, when I speak of boiled and spiced water. For, according to the
Pseudheracles of Pherecrates--

     Suppose a man who thinks himself a genius
     Should something say, and I should contradict him,
     Still trouble not yourself; but if you please,
     Listen and give your best attention.

But do not grudge, I entreat you, said Ulpian, to explain to me what is
the nature of that Bull's water which you spoke of; for I have a great
thirst for such words. And Cynulcus said,--But I pledge you, according
to your fancy; you thirst for words, taking a desire from Alexis, out of
his Female Pythagorean,

     A cup of water boil'd; for when fresh-drawn
     'Tis heavy, and indigestible to drink.

But it was Sophocles, my friend, who spoke of Bull's water, in his
Ægeus, from the river Taurus near Trœzen, in the neighbourhood of
which there is a fountain called Hyoëssa.

96. But the ancients did also at times use very cold water in their
draughts before dinner. But I will not tell you, unless you first teach
me, whether the ancients were in the habit of drinking warm water at
their banquets. For if their cups got their name[203:1] from what took
place in reference to them, and if they were set before the guests full
of mixed liquors, then they certainly did not contain warm drink, and
were not put on the fire like kettles. For that they were in the habit
of drinking warm water Eupolis proves, in his Demi--

     Warm for us now the brazen ewer quick,
     And bid the slaves prepare the victims new,
     That we may feast upon the entrails.

And Antiphanes says, in his Omphale--

             May I ne'er see a man
     Boiling me water in a bubbling pail;
     For I have no disease, and wish for none.
     But if I feel a pain within my stomach,
     Or round about my navel, why I have
     A ring I lately gave a drachma for
     To a most skilful doctor.

And, in his Anointing Woman, (but this play is attributed to Alexis
also,) he says--

       But if you make our shop notorious,
       I swear by Ceres, best of goddesses,
       That I will empt the biggest ladle o'er you,
       Filling it with hot water from the kettle;
     And if I fail, may I ne'er drink free water more.

And Plato, in the fourth book of his Polity, says--"Desire in the mind
must be much the same as thirst is in the body. Now, a man feels thirst
for hot water or for cold; or for much water or for a little; or
perhaps, in a word, for some particular drink. And if there be any heat
combined with the thirst, then that will give a desire for cold water;
but if a sensation of cold be united with it, that will engender a wish
for warm water. And if by reason of the violence of the cause the thirst
be great, that will give a desire for an abundant draught; but if the
thirst be small, then the man will wish for but a small draught. But the
thirst itself is not a desire of anything except of the thing itself,
namely, drinking. And hunger, again, is not a desire of anything else
except food."

And Semus the Delian, in the second book of his Nesias, or treatise on
Islands, says that in the island of Cimolus, cold places are prepared
by being dug out against the summer, where people may put down vessels
full of warm water, and then draw them up again in no respect different
from snow. But warm water is called by the Athenians metaceras, a word
used by Sophilus, in his Androcles. And Alexis says, in his Locrians--

     But the maid-servants pour'd forth water,
     One pouring boiling water, and the other warm.

And Philemon, in his Corinthian Women, uses the same word. And Amphis
says, in his Bath--

     One call'd out, to the slaves to bring hot water,
     Another shouted for metaceras.

97. And as the Cynic was proceeding to heap other proofs on these,
Pontianus said,--The ancients, my friends, were in the habit also of
drinking very cold water. At all events Alexis says, in his Parasite--

     I wish to make you taste this icy water,
     For I am proud of my well, whose limpid spring
     Is colder than the Ararus.

And Hermippus, in his Cercopes, calls water drawn from wells φρεατιαῖον
ὕδωρ. Moreover, that men used to drink melted snow too, is shown by
Alexis, in his Woman eating Mandragora--

     Sure is not man a most superfluous plant,
     Constantly using wondrous contradictions.
     Strangers we love, and our own kin neglect;
     Though having nothing, still we give to strangers.
     We bear our share in picnics, though we grudge it,
     And show our grudging by our sordidness.
     And as to what concerns our daily food,
     We wish our barley-cakes should white appear,
     And yet we make for them a dark black sauce,
     And stain pure colour with a deeper dye.
     Then we prepare to drink down melted snow;
     Yet if our fish be cold, we storm and rave.
     Sour or acid wine we scorn and loathe,
     Yet are delighted with sharp caper sauce.
     And so, as many wiser men have said,
     Not to be born at all is best for man;
     The next best thing, to die as soon as possible.

And Dexicrates, in the play entitled The Men deceived by Themselves,

     But when I'm drunk I take a draught of snow,
     And Egypt gives me ointment for my head.

And Euthycles, in his Prodigal Men, or The Letter, says--

     He first perceived that snow was worth a price;
     He ought to be the first to eat the honeycombs.

And that excellent writer Xenophon, in his Memorabilia, shows that he
was acquainted with the fashion of drinking snow. But Chares of
Mitylene, in his History of Alexander, has told us how we are to proceed
in order to keep snow, when he is relating the siege of the Indian city
Petra. For he says that Alexander dug thirty large trenches close to one
another, and filled them with snow, and then he heaped on the snow
branches of oak; for that in that way snow would last a long time.

98. And that they used to cool wine, for the sake of drinking it in a
colder state, is asserted by Strattis, in his Psychastæ, or Cold

     For no one ever would endure warm wine,
     But on the contrary, we use our wells
     To cool it in, and then we mix with snow.

And Lysippus says, in his Bacchæ--

     _A._ Hermon, what is the matter? Where are we?

     _B._ Nothing's the matter, only that your father
          Has just dropt down into the well to cool himself,
          As men cool wine in summer.

And Diphilus says, in his Little Monument--

     Cool the wine quick, O Doris.

And Protagoras in the second book of his Comic Histories, relating the
voyage of king Antiochus down the river, says something about the
contrivances for procuring cold water, in these terms:--"For during the
day they expose it to the sun, and then at night they skim off the
thickest part which rises to the surface, and expose the rest to the
air, in large earthen ewers, on the highest parts of the house, and two
slaves are kept sprinkling the vessels with water the whole night. And
at daybreak they bring them down, and again they skim off the sediment,
making the water very thin, and exceedingly wholesome, and then they
immerse the ewers in straw, and after that they use the water, which has
become so cold as not to require snow to cool it." And Anaxilas speaks
of water from cisterns, in his Flute Player, using the following

     _A._ I want some water from a cistern now.

     _B._ I have some here, and you are welcome to it.

And, in a subsequent passage, he says--

     Perhaps the cistern water is all lost.

But Apollodorus of Gela mentions the cistern itself, λακκος, as we call
it, in his Female Deserter, saying--

     In haste I loosed the bucket of the cistern,
     And then that of the well; and took good care
     To have the ropes all ready to let down.

99. Myrtilus, hearing this conversation, said,--And I too, being very
fond of salt-fish, my friends, wish to drink snow, according to the
practice of Simonides. And Ulpian said,--The word φιλοτάριχος, _fond of
salt-fish_, is used by Antiphanes, in his Omphale, where he says--

     I am not anxious for salt-fish, my girl.

But Alexis, in his Gynæcocracy, speaks of one man as ζωμοτάριχος, or fond
of sauce made from salt-fish, saying--

     But the Cilician here, this Hippocles,
     This epicure of salt-fish sauce, this actor.

But what you mean by "according to the practice of Simonides," I do not
know. No; for you do not care, said Myrtilus, to know anything about
history, you glutton; for you are a mere lickplatter; and as the Samian
poet Asius, that ancient bard, would call you, a flatterer of fat. But
Callistratus, in the seventh book of his Miscellanies, says that
Simonides the poet, when feasting with a party at a season of violently
hot weather, while the cup-bearers were pouring out for the rest of the
guests snow into their liquor, and did not do so for him, extemporised
this epigram:--

     The cloak with which fierce Boreas clothed the brow
       Of high Olympus, pierced ill-clothed man
     While in its native Thrace; 'tis gentler now,
       Caught by the breeze of the Pierian plain.
     Let it be mine; for no one will commend
     The man who gives hot water to a friend.

So when he had drunk, Ulpian asked him again where the word κνισολοῖχος
is used, and also, what are the lines of Asius in which he uses the word
κνισοκόλαξ? These, said Myrtilus, are the verses of Asius, to which I

     Lame, branded, old, a vagrant beggar, next
     Came the cnisocolax, when Meles held
     His marriage feast, seeking for gifts of soup,
     Not waiting for a friendly invitation;
     There in the midst the hungry hero stood,
     Shaking the mud from off his ragged cloak.

And the word κνισολοῖχος is used by Sophilus, in his Philarchus, in this

     You are a glutton and a fat-licker.

And in the play which is entitled, The Men running together, he has used
the word κνισολοιχία, in the following lines:--

     That pandar, with his fat-licking propensities,
     Has bid me get for him this black blood-pudding.

Antiphanes too uses the word κνισολοῖχος, in his Bombylium.

Now that men drank also sweet wine while eating is proved by what Alexis
says in his Dropidas--

     The courtesan came in with sweet wine laden,
     In a large silver cup, named petachnon,
     Most beauteous to behold. Not a flat dish,
     Nor long-neck'd bottle, but between the two.

100. After this a cheesecake was served up, made of milk and sesame and
honey, which the Romans call libum. And Cynulcus said,--Fill yourself
now, O Ulpian, with your native Chthorodlapsus; a word which is not, I
swear by Ceres, used by any one of the ancient writers, unless, indeed,
it should chance to be found in those who have compiled histories of the
affairs of Phœnicia, such as Sanchoniatho and Mochus, your own
fellow-countrymen. And Ulpian said,--But it seems to me, you dog-fly,
that we have had quite enough of honey-cakes: but I should like to eat
some groats, with a sufficient admixture of the husks and kernels of
pine-cones. And when that dish was brought--Give me, said he, some crust
of bread hollowed out like a spoon; for I will not say, give me a spoon
(μύστρον); since that word is not used by any of the writers previous
to our own time. You have a very bad memory, my friend, quoth Æmilianus;
have you not always admired Nicander the Colophonian, the Epic poet, as
a man very fond of ancient authors, and a man too of very extensive
learning himself? And indeed, you have already quoted him as having used
the word πεπέριον, for _pepper_. And this same poet, in the first book
of his Georgics, speaking of this use of groats, has used also the word
μύστρον, saying--

     But when you seek to dress a dainty dish
     Of new-slain kid, or tender house-fed lamb,
     Or poultry, take some unripe grains, and pound them,
     And strew them all in hollow plates, and stir them,
     Mingled with fragrant oil. Then pour thereon
     Warm broth, which take from out the dish before you,
     That it be not too hot, and so boil over.
     Then put thereon a lid, for when they're roasted,
     The grains swell mightily; then slowly eat them,
     Putting them to your mouth with hollow spoon.

In these words, my fine fellow, Nicander describes to us the way in
which they ate groats and peeled barley; bidding the eater pour on it
soup made of kid or lamb, or of some poultry or other. Then, says he,
pound the grains in a mortar, and having mingled oil with them, stir
them up till they boil; and mix in the broth made after this recipe as
it gets warm, making it thicker with the spoon; and do not pour in
anything else; but take the broth out of the dish before you, so as to
guard against any of the more fatty parts boiling over. And it is for
this reason, too, that he charges us to keep it close while it is
boiling, by putting the lid on the dish; for that barley grains when
roasted or heated swell very much. And at last, when it is moderately
warm we are to eat it, taking it up in hollow spoons.

And Hippolochus the Macedonian, in his letter to Lynceus, in which he
gives an account of some Macedonian banquet which surpassed all the
feasts which had ever been heard of in extravagance, speaks of golden
spoons (which he also calls μύστρα) having been given to each of the
guests. But since you, my friend, wish to set up for a great admirer of
the ancients, and say that you never use any expressions which are not
the purest Attic, what is it that Nicophon says, the poet I mean of the
old comedy, in his Cherogastores, or the Men who feed themselves by
manual Labour? For I find him too speaking of spoons, and using the word
μύστρον, when he says--

     Dealers in anchovies, dealers in wine;
     Dealers in figs, and dealers in hides;
     Dealers in meal, and dealers in spoons (μυστριοπώλης);
     Dealers in books, and dealers in sieves;
     Dealers in cheesecakes, and dealers in seeds:

For who can the μυστριοπῶλαι be, but the men who sell μύστρα? So learning
from them, my fine Syrian-Atticist, the use of the spoon, pray eat your
groats, that you may not say--

     But I am languid, weak for want of food.

101. And I have been surprised at your not asking where the word
χόνδρος, _groats_, comes from. Whether it is a Megarian word, or
whether it comes from Thessaly, as Myrtilus does. And Ulpian said,--I
will stop eating if you will tell me by whom these Megarian, or
Thessalian groats are spoken of. And Æmilianus said,--But I will not
refuse you; for seeing a very splendid preparation for supper, I wish
that you should arm yourself for the fray, being filled with barley like
a game cock; and I wish you to instruct us about the dishes which we are
going to partake of. And he, getting out of temper, said,--Whence do you
get this word ἐδέσματα? for one has no breathing time allowed one while
constantly forced to ask these questions of these late-learned sophists.
But, says Æmilianus, I can easily answer you this question; but I will
first speak of the word χόνδρος, quoting you these lines of Antiphanes,
out of his Antea,--

     _A._ What have you in your baskets there, my friend?

     _B._ In three of them I've good Megarian groats.

     _A._ Do they not say Thessalian are the best?

     _B._ I also have some similago fetch'd
          From the far distant land Phœnicia.

But the same play is also attributed to Alexis, though in some few
places the text is a little different. And, again, Alexis says, in his
play called The Wicked Woman--

     There's a large parcel of Thessalian groats.

But Aristophanes, in his Daitaleis, calls soup χόνδρος, saying--

     He would boil soup, and then put in a fly,
     And so would give it you to drink.

He also speaks of similago; and so, though I do not remember his exact
words, does Strattis, in his Anthroporaistes, or Man-destroyer. And so
does Alexis, in his Isostasium. But Strattis uses σεμιδάλιδος as the
genitive case, in these words--

     Of these two sorts of gentle semidalis.

The word ἐδέσματα is used by Antiphanes, in his Twins, where he says--

     Many nice eatables I have enjoy'd,
     And had now three or four most pleasant draughts;
     And feel quite frisky, eating as much food
     As a whole troop of elephants.

So now we may bring this book to an end, and let it have its
termination with the discussions about eatables; and the next book shall
begin the description of the Banquet.

Do not do so, O Athenæus, before you have told us of the Macedonian
banquet of Hippolochus.--Well, if this is your wish; O Timocrates, we
will prepare to gratify it.


[122:1] This was a Latin word for a cup. Horace says--

     Obliviosi levia Massici
     Ciboria exple.

[123:1] This is parodied from--

     Καὶ Τίτυον εἶδον γαίης ἐρικυδέος υἷον
     Κειμένον ἐν δαπέδῳ ὁδ' ἔπ' ἐννεὰ κεῖτο πέλεθρα:

translated by Pope:

     There Tityus large, and long in fetters bound,
     O'erspreads nine acres of infernal ground.

[124:1] The whole of the first two books of the genuine work of Athenæus
are lost; as also is the beginning of the third book; and a good deal of
the last. What has been translated up to this point is an epitome or
abridgement made by some compiler whose name is unknown. Casaubon states
that he is ignorant of the name of this compiler; but is sure that he
lived five hundred years before his own time, and before Eustathius;
because Eustathius sometimes uses his epitome in preference to the
original work. But even before this abridgement was made the text had
become exceedingly corrupt, according to the statement of the compiler
himself.--See Bayle, Dict. voc. _Athenæus_.

[161:1] The pun in the original cannot be preserved in a translation.
The Greek word for paunch is μήτρα.

163-1] Ovid gives the following derivation of the name

     Februa Romani dixere piamina patres,
       Nunc quoque dant verbo plurima signa fidem
     Pontifices ab rege petunt et Flamine lanas,
       Queis veteri lingua Februa nomen erat.
     Quæque capit lictor domibus purgamina certis
       Torrida cum micâ farra vocantur idem.
     Nomen idem ramo qui cæsus ab arbore purâ
       Casta sacerdotum tempora fronde tegit.
     Ipse ego Flaminicam poscentem Februa vidi;
       Februa poscenti pinea virga data est.
     Denique quodcunque est quo pectora nostra piamur.
       Hoc apud intonsos nomen habebat avos.
     Mensis ab his dictus, secta quia pelle Luperci
       Omne solum lustrant, idque piamen habent.
     Aut quia placatis sunt tempora pura sepulchris.
       Tunc cum ferales præteriere dies.--_Ov. Fasti_, ii. 19.

(See Ovid, vol. i. p. 46, Bohn's Classical Library.)

[164:1] It is not quite clear what the blunder was, for ἀνυπόστατος means
irresistible. Aretæus uses the word for "unsubstantial," which is
perhaps what Athenæus means to say Pompeianus called Rome.

[164:2] I have followed Casaubon's advice in not attempting to translate
this letter, who "marvels that interpreters have endeavoured to
translate it, for what can wasting time be, if this is not?" And
Schweighaeuser says that he will not attempt to explain it further, lest
he should seem to be endeavouring to appear wiser than Apollo.

[169:1] Hesiod.

[183:1] It seems certain that there is some great corruption in this and
the preceding sentence.

[188:1] Ἀῤῥηφόροι. At Athens, two maidens chosen in their seventh year,
who carried the peplos, and other holy things, ἄῤῥητα, of Pallas in the
Scirrophoria. Others write it ἐρση- or ἐῤῥηφόροι, which points to Ἔρση, a
daughter of Cecrops, who was worshipped along with Pallas. Liddell and
Scott, Gr. Lex. _in voc._

[190:1] There is no classical authority for ἐξελεύθερος; though Demosthenes
has ἐξελευθερικὸς, relating to a freedman.

[192:1] The beginning of this fragment of Hesiod is given up as
hopelessly corrupt by the commentators; and there is probably a great
deal of corruption running through the whole of it.

[193:1] The text here is so corrupt as to be quite unintelligible.

[199:1] The Balearic Isles.

[201:1] ἡ γλῶσσ' ὀμῶμοχ', ἡ δὲ φρὴν ἀνώμοτος. Eur. Hip. 763.

[203:1] κρατὴρ, from κεράννυμι, to mix.


1. Hippolochus the Macedonian, my friend Timocrates, lived in the time
of Lynceus and Douris of Samos, pupils of Theophrastus[210:1] the
Eresian. And he had made a bargain with Lynceus, as one may learn from
his letters, that if ever he was present at any very expensive banquet,
he would relate to him the whole of the preparations which were made;
and Lynceus in return made him the same promise. And there are
accordingly some letters of each of them on the subject of banquets; in
which Lynceus relates the banquet which was given at Athens by Lamia the
Attic female flute-player to King Demetrius, surnamed Poliorcetes, (and
Lamia was the mistress of Demetrius.) And Hippolochus reports the
marriage feast of Caranus the Macedonian. And we have also met with
other letters of Lynceus, written to the same Hippolochus, giving an
account of the banquet of King Antigonus, when he celebrated the
Aphrodisian festival at Athens, and also that given by King Ptolemy. And
I will show you the very letters themselves. But as the letter of
Hippolochus is very scarce, I will run over to you the principal things
which are contained in it, just for the sake of conversation and
amusement at the present time.

2. In Macedonia, then, as I have said, Caranus made a marriage feast;
and the guests invited were twenty in number. And as soon as they had
sat down, a silver bowl was given to each of them as a present. And
Caranus had previously crowned every one of them, before they entered
the dining-room, with a golden chaplet, and each chaplet was valued at
five pieces of gold. And when they had emptied the bowls, then there
was given to each of the guests a loaf in a brazen platter of Corinthian
workmanship, of the same size; and poultry, and ducks, and besides that,
pigeons, and a goose, and quantities more of the same kind of food
heaped up abundantly. And each of the guests taking what was set before
him, with the brazen platter itself also, gave it to the slaves who
waited behind him. Many other dishes of various sorts were also served
up to eat. And after them, a second platter was placed before each
guest, made of silver, on which again there was placed a second large
loaf, and on that geese, and hares, and kids, and other rolls curiously
made, and doves, and turtledoves, and partridges, and every other kind
of bird imaginable, in the greatest abundance. Those also, says
Hippolochus, we gave to the slaves; and when we had eaten to satiety, we
washed our hands, and chaplets were brought in in great numbers, made of
all sorts of flowers from all countries, and on each chaplet a circlet
of gold, of about the same weight as the first chaplet. And Hippolochus
having stated after this that Proteas, the descendant of that celebrated
Proteas the son of Lanice, who had been the nurse of Alexander the king,
was a most extraordinary drinker, as also his grandfather Proteas, who
was the friend of Alexander, had been; and that he pledged every one
present, proceeds to write as follows:--

3. "And while we were now all amusing ourselves with agreeable trifling,
some flute-playing women and musicians, and some Rhodian players on the
sambuca come in, naked as I fancied, but some said that they had tunics
on. And they having played a prelude, departed; and others came in in
succession, each of them bearing two bottles of perfume, bound with a
golden thong, and one of the cruets was silver and the other gold, each
holding a cotyla,[211:1] and they presented them to each of the guests.
And then, instead of supper, there was brought in a great treasure, a
silver platter with a golden edge of no inconsiderable depth, of such a
size as to receive the entire bulk of a roast boar of huge size, which
lay in it on his back, showing his belly uppermost, stuffed with many
good things. For in the belly there were roasted thrushes, and paunches,
and a most countless number of figpeckers, and the yolks of eggs spread
on the top, and oysters, and periwinkles. And to every one of the
guests was presented a boar stuffed in this way, nice and hot, together
with the dish on which he was served up. And after this we drank wine,
and each of us received a hot kid, on another platter like that on which
the boar had been served up, with some golden spoons. Then Caranus
seeing that we were cramped for the want of room, ordered canisters and
bread-baskets to be given to each of us, made of strips of ivory
curiously plaited together; and we were very much delighted at all this,
and applauded the bridegroom, by whose means we were thus enabled to
preserve what had been given to us. Then chaplets were again brought to
us, and another pair of cruets of perfume, one silver and one gold, of
the same weight as the former pair. And when quiet was restored, there
entered some men, who even in the Potfeast[212:1] at Athens had borne a
part in the solemnities, and with them there came in some ithyphallic
dancers, and some jugglers, and some conjuring women also, tumbling and
standing on their heads on swords, and vomiting fire out of their
mouths, and they, too, were naked.

4. And when we were relieved from their exhibition, then we had a fresh
drink offered to us, hot and strong, and Thasian, and Mendæan, and
Lesbian wines were placed upon the board, very large golden goblets
being brought to every one of us. And after we had drunk, a glass goblet
of two cubits in diameter, placed on a silver stand, was served up, full
of roast fishes of every imaginable sort that could be collected. And
there was also given to every one a silver breadbasket full of
Cappadocian loaves; some of which we ate and some we delivered to the
slaves behind us. And when we had washed our hands, we put on chaplets;
and then again we received golden circlets twice as large as the former
ones, and another pair of cruets of perfume. And when quiet was
restored, Proteas leaping up from his couch, asked for a cup to hold a
gallon; and having filled it with Thasian wine, and having mingled a
little water with it, he drank it off, saying--

     He who drinks most will be the happiest.

And Caranus said--"Since you have been the first to drink, do you be the
first also to accept the cup as a gift; and this also shall be the
present for all the rest who drink too." And when this had been said, at
once nine of the guests rose up snatching at the cups, and each one
trying to forestall the other. But one of those who were of the party,
like an unlucky man as he was, as he was unable to drink, sat down and
cried because he had no goblet; and so Caranus presented him with an
empty goblet. After this, a dancing party of a hundred men came in,
singing an epithalamium in beautiful tune. And after them there came in
dancing girls, some arranged so as to represent the Nereids, and others
in the guise of the nymphs.

5. And as the drinking went on, and the shadows were beginning to fall,
they opened the chamber where everything was encircled all round with
white cloths. And when these curtains were drawn, the torches appeared,
the partitions having been secretly removed by mechanism. And there were
seen Cupids, and Dianas, and Pans, and Mercuries, and numbers of statues
of that kind, holding torches in silver candlesticks. And while we were
admiring the ingenuity of the contrivance, some real Erymanthean boars
were brought round to each of the guests on square platters with golden
edges, pierced through and through with silver darts. And what was the
strangest thing of all was, that those of us who were almost helpless
and stupefied with wine, the moment that we saw any of these things
which were brought in, became all in a moment sober, standing upright,
as it is said. And so the slaves crammed them into the baskets of good
omen, until the usual signal of the termination of the feast sounded.
For you know that that is the Macedonian custom at large parties.

And Caranus, who had begun drinking in small goblets, ordered the slaves
to bring round the wine rapidly. And so we drank pleasantly, taking our
present liquor as a sort of antidote to our previous hard drinking. And
while we were thus engaged, Mandrogenes the buffoon came in, the
descendant, as is reported, of that celebrated Strato the Athenian, and
he caused us much laughter. And after this he danced with his wife, a
woman who was already more than eighty years of age. And at last the
tables, to wind up the whole entertainment, were brought in. And
sweetmeats in plaited baskets made of ivory were distributed to every
one. And cheesecakes of every kind known, Cretan cheesecakes, and your
Samian ones, my friend Lynceus, and Attic ones, with the proper boxes,
or dishes, suitable to each kind of confection. And after this we all
rose up and departed, quite sobered, by Jove, by the thoughts of, and
our anxiety about, the treasures which we had received.

But you who never go out of Athens think yourself happy when you hear
the precepts of Theophrastus, and when you eat thyme, and salads, and
nice twisted loaves, solemnizing the Lenæan festival, and the Potfeast
at the Anthesteria. But at the banquet of Caranus, instead of our
portions of meat, we carried off actual riches, and are now looking,
some for houses, and some for lands, and some of us are seeking to buy

6. Now if you consider this, my friend Timocrates, with which of the
Greek feasts that you ever heard of do you think this banquet, which has
just been described to you, can be compared? When even Antiphanes the
comic writer jokingly said in the Œnomaus, or perhaps it is in the

     What could the Greeks, of sparing tables fond,
     Eaters of salads, do? where you may get
     Four scanty chops or steaks for one small penny.
     But among the ancestors of our nation
     Men roasted oxen, deer, and lambs entire,
     And last of all the cook, outdoing all
     His predecessors, set before the king
     A roasted camel, smoking, hump and all.

And Aristophanes, in his Acharnians, extolling the magnificence of the
barbarians, says--

     _A._ Then he received me, and to dinner ask'd me,
          And set before us whole fat oxen roasted.

     _B._ Who ever saw a roasted ox? The braggart!

     _A._ I'll take my oath he likewise put on table
          A bird three times as burly as Cleonymus;
          Its name, I well remember, was Th' Impostor.

And Anaxandrides, in his Protesilaus, ridiculing the feast made at the
marriage of Iphicrates when he married the daughter of Cotys king of the
Thracians, says--


     If you do this as I bid you,
     You will ask us all to a supper,
     Not to such as that in Thrace,
     Given by Iphicrates--
     Though, indeed, they say that
     Was a very noble feast.
     For that all along the market
     Purple carpets there were spread
     To the northern corner;
     And a countless host of men
     With dirty hands and hair uncomb'd
     Supped on butter. There were too,
     Brazen goblets, large as cisterns,
     Holding plenty for a dozen
     Of the hardest drinkers known.
     Cotys, too, himself was there,
     Girt around, and bearing kindly
     Rich soup in a gold tureen;
     Tasting all the brimming cups,
     So as to be the first to yield
     Of all the guests t' intoxication.
     There was Antigenides
     Delighting all with his soft flute,
     Argas sung, and from Acharnæ
     Cephisodotus struck the lyre,
     Celebrating Lacedæmon
     And the wide land of the Heraclidæ,
     And at other times they sung
     Of the seven-gated Thebes,
     Changing thus their strain and theme.
     Large was the dowry which 'tis said
     Fell to the lucky bridegroom's share:
     First, two herds of chestnut horses,
     And a herd of horned goats,
     A golden shield, a wide-neck'd bowl,
     A jar of snow, a pot of millet,
     A deep pit full of leeks and onions,
     And a hecatomb of polypi.
     This they say that Cotys did,
     King of Thrace, in heartfelt joy
     At Iphicrates's wedding.
     But a finer feast by far
     Shall be in our master's houses;
     For there's nothing good or fine
     Which our house does stand in need of.
     There is scent of Syrian myrrh,
     There is incense, there is spice;
     There are delicate cakes and loaves,
     Cakes of meal and polypi,
     Tripe, and fat, and sausages,
     Soup, and beet, and figs, and pease,
     Garlic, various kinds of tunnies,
     Ptisan, pulse, and toast and muffins,
     Beans, and various kinds of vetches,
     Honey, cheese, and cheesecakes too,
     Wheat, and nuts, and barley-groats,
     Roasted crabs, and mullets boil'd,
     Roasted cuttle-fish, boil'd turbot,
     Frogs, and perch, and mussels too,
     Sharks, and roach, and gudgeons too,
     Fish from doves and cuckoos named,
     Plaice, and flounders, shrimps, and rays.
     Then, besides these dainty fish
     There is many another dish,--
     Honeycombs and juicy grapes,
     Figs and cheesecakes, apples, pears,
     Cornels, and the red pomegranate,
     Poppies, creeping thyme, and parsley,
     Peaches, olives, plums and raisins,
     Leeks and onions, cabbages,
     Strong smelling assafœtida,
     Fennel, eggs, and lentils cool,
     And well-roasted grasshoppers,
     Cardamums and sesame,
     Ceryces, salt, and limpets firm,
     The pinna, and the oyster bright,
     The periwinkle, and the whelk;
     And besides this a crowd of birds,
     Doves and ducks, and geese and sparrows,
     Thrushes, larks, and jays, and swans,
     The pelican, the crane and stork,
     Wagtails and ousels, tits and finches;
     And to wash all these dainties down
     There's wine, both native and imported,
     White and red, and sweet and acid,
     Still or effervescent.

8. But Lynceus, in his Centaur, ridiculing the Attic banquets, says--

     _A._ Yon cook, the man who makes the sacrifice
          And seeks now to receive me as my host,
          Is one of Rhodes. And I, the guest invited,
          Am call'd a citizen of fair Perinthus.
          And neither of us likes the Attic suppers;
          For melancholy is an Attic humour;
          May it be always foreign unto me.
          They place upon the table a large platter
          Holding five smaller plates within its space,
          One full of garlic, while another holds
          Two boil'd sea-urchins; in the third, a cake;
          The fourth displays ten cockles to the guest,
          The last has caviar.--While I eat this,
          He falls on that: or while he dines on this,
          I make that other dish to disappear.
          But I would rather eat up both myself,
          Only I cannot go beyond my powers;
          For I have not five mouths, nor twice five lips.
          True, these detain the eyes with various sights,
          But looking at them is not eating them:
          I but appease my eyes and not my belly.
          What shall I do then? Have you oysters? Give me
          A plate of them, I beg; and that a large one;
          Have you some urchins?

                                 _B._ Here's a dish of them
          To which you're welcome; this I bought myself,
          And paid eight obols for it in the market.

     _A._ Put then this dish on table by itself,
          That all may eat the same at once, and not
          One half the guests eat one thing, half another.

But Dromeas the parasite, when some one once asked him, as Hegesander
the Delphian relates, whether the banquets in the city or at Chalcis
were the best, said that the prelude to the banquets at Chalcis was
superior to the whole entertainment in the city, calling the multitudes
of oysters served up, and the great variety of fish, the prelude to the

9. But Diphilus, in his Female Deserter, introduces a cook, and
represents him as saying--

     _A._ What is the number of the guests invited
          To this fine marriage feast? And are they all
          Athenian citizens, or are there some
          Foreigners and merchants?

                                    _B._ What is that to you,
          Since you are but the cook to dress the dinner?

     _A._ It is the first part of my art, O father,
          To know the taste of those who are to eat.
          For instance, if you ask a Rhodian,
          Set a fine shad or lebias before him,
          Well boil'd and hot, the moment that he enters.
          That's what he likes; he'll like it better so
          Than if you add a cup of myrine wine.

     _A._ Well, that idea of shads is not a bad one.

     _B._ Then, if a Byzantine should be your guest,
          Steep all you offer such a man in wormwood.
          And let your dishes taste of salt and garlic.
          For fish are all so plenty in their country,
          That the men all are full of rheum and phlegm.

And Menander says, in his Trophonius--

     _A._ This feast is for a guest's reception.

     _B._ What guest? whence comes he? for those points, believe me,
          Do make a mighty difference to the cook.
          For instance, if some guests from the islands come
          Who always feed on fish of every sort
          Fresh from the sea, such men like not salt dishes,
          But think them make-shifts. Give such men their food
          Well-season'd, forced, and stuff'd with choicest spices.
          But if you ask a guest from Arcady
          He is a stranger to the sea, and loves
          Limpets and shell-fish;--but the rich Ionian
          Will look at nought but Lydian luxuries,
          Rich, stimulating, amatory meats.

10. The ancients used food calculated to provoke the appetite, as for
instance salt olives, which they call colymbades: and accordingly
Aristophanes says, in his Old Age--

     Old man, do you like flabby courtesans,
     Or tender maidens, firm as well-cured olives?

And Philemon, in his Follower, or Sauce, says--

     _A._ What did you think, I pray, of that boil'd fish?

     _B._ He was but small; do'st hear me? And the pickle
          Was white, and much too thick; there was no smell
          Of any spice or seasoning at all,
          So that the guests cried out,--How pure your brine is!

They also eat common grasshoppers and the monkey grasshopper as
procreatives of the appetite. Aristophanes says, in his Anagyrus--

     How can you, in God's name, like grasshoppers,
     Catching them with a reed, and cercopes?[218:1]

But the cercope is a little animal like a grasshopper or prickly roach,
as Speusippus tells us in the fourth book of his Similitudes; and
Epilycus mentions them in his Coraliscus. And Alexis says in his

     I never saw, not even a cercope
     A greater chatterer than you, O woman,
     Nor jay, or nightingale, or dove, or grasshopper.

And Nicostratus says, in his Abra--

     The first, a mighty dish shall lead the way,
     Holding an urchin, and some sauce and capers,
     A cheesecake, fish, and onions in rich stuffing.

11. And that they used to eat, for the sake of encouraging the appetite,
rape dressed with vinegar and mustard, is plainly stated by Nicander, in
the second book of his Georgics, where he says--

     The rape is a mix'd breed from radishes;
     It's grown in garden beds, both long and stiff;
     One sort they wash and dry in the north wind,
     A friend to winter and to idle servants:
     Then it revives when soak'd in water warm.
     Cut thou the roots of rape, and gently scrape
     The not yet juiceless rind in shavings thin;
     Then dry them in the sun a little while,
     Then dip them in hot water, and in brine,
     And pack them closely; or at other times
     Pour in new wine and vinegar, half and half,
     Into one vessel, and put salt on the top.
     And often 'twill be well to pound fresh raisins,
     And add them gently, scattering in some seeds
     Of biting mustard; and some dregs of vinegar,
     To reach the head and touch the vigorous brain:
     A goodly dish for those who want a dinner.

And Diphilus or Sosippus, in the Female Deserter, says--

     Have you now any sharp fresh vinegar?
     I think, too, we've some fig-tree juice, my boy.
     In these I'll press the meat as tight as may be;
     And some dried herbs I'll spread around the dish;
     For of all condiments these do most surely
     The body's sensitive parts and nerves excite.
     They drive away unpleasant heaviness,
     And make the guests sit down with appetite.

12. And Alexis, in his Tarentines, when speaking of their banquets, says
that the Athenians used to dance at their drinking parties--

     _A._ For this now is a common native practice.
          At the divine and all-accomplish'd Athens.
          They all rise up and dance together when
          The first sweet scent of wine doth reach their nostrils.

     _B._ You tell me of a strange and novel custom.

     _A._ So you would say, indeed, if unexpected
          You on a sudden dropp'd in at a feast;
          And beardless boys are sure to meet with favour;
          But when I see that rogue Theodotus,
          Or some impure and cheating parasite,
          Affecting nice and delicate airs, such loathing
          Does seize me, that I'd gladly seize the man,
          And nail him to the vilest cross.

And Antiphanes, in his Carians, with reference to the Attic fashion of
dancing, turns one of the sophists into ridicule, as dancing at a
banquet, in the following verses--

     Do you not see that eunuch capering,
     Waving his hands, no signs of shame he shows;
     He who was lecturing us on Heraclitus,
     The only master of Theodectes' school,
     The spouter of Euripides's proverbs.

And it will not be foreign to the subject to quote here what is said by
Eriphus the comic poet, in his Œolus--

     For 'tis an ancient proverb, and a wise one;
     That old men seek for wine to make them dance,
     Spite of their age, against their will, my father.

And Alexis, in the play entitled Isostasium, says--

     They drank in picnic fashion, only seeking
     For some excuse to dance. There was the name
     Of meat and vegetables; fish, and crabs,
     Gudgeon and tench, and similago fine.

13. But Matron the parodist, says Plutarch, has given a very agreeable
account of an Attic banquet; and as it is very rare I will not scruple,
my friends, to repeat it to you--

     The feast for much and varied food renown'd,
     Given by Xenocles, O Muse, resound;[220:1]
     For when at Athens he his cards sent round,
     I went invited, hungry as a hound.
     What loaves I saw, how large, how round, how fine,[220:2]--
     So white, on them alone one well might dine!
     Boreas, enamour'd of the well-baked train,
     Gazed on them fondly;[220:3] while along the plain
     The stately Xenocles survey'd the ground,
     And placed the guests the goodly board around.
     Near him the parasite Chærephoon stood,
     And like a cormorant gazed upon the food,[220:4]
     Ever at other's cost well pleased to eat:
     Meanwhile the cooks prepared the dainty treat,
     The skilful cooks, to whom is given all sway
     The sumptuous feast to quicken or delay.
     Then all the rest the herbs and greens did seize,
     But me the solid meats did rather please;
     Rich oysters guarded in their solid shell,
     While to Phœnician-brine I said farewell;
     And threw away the urchin's tasteless meat,
     Which rattled falling at the servant's feet,
     Loud as the waves the rocky shore which flout,[220:5]
     While they in fun the prickly spines pull'd out.
     There came th' anchovy of Phaleric race
     Holding a dirty veil before its face,[220:6]
     Friend of the Triton, to the Cyclops dear;

            *       *       *       *       *

     And pinna's sweet, and cockles fat were there
     Which the wave breeds beneath its weedy bed,
     The gristly turbot, and the mullet red.
     First in the fray on them I laid my hand,
     And called on Phœbus, by his slave to stand;
     But when Stratocles, scorning fear, I saw
     Hold in his hand the mullet's luscious jaw,
     I seized it too, and while it came apart,
     Quick with the dainty bit rejoiced my heart.
     There, too, the silver-footed Thetis came,
     The fair-hair'd cuttle-fish, the mighty dame,
     Fairest of Nereus' daughters, none but she
     Of fish can both with black and white agree.[221:1]
     There, too, the conger, Tityos of the main,
     Lay on nine tables and o'erspread the plain.[221:2]
     Next came the eel, who charm'd the mighty Jove,
     And soften'd his stern soul to tender love.
     So mighty that two wrestlers, of the days
     Of old Astyanax, could scarcely raise
     Her from the ground and place her on the board,
     Nine fathoms long, and full nine cubits broad.
     Up stairs, down stairs the busy cooks did haste,
     While more fresh dishes on the board they placed.
     Next forty large black pots appear'd in view,
     And forty platters from Eubœa too.
     Then various Iris, Jove's commands to bear,
     In shape of cuttle-fish flew through the air.
     The shining perch, the black tail next appear'd;
     A mortal fish to join immortals dared.
     Alone, apart in discontented mood,
     A gloomy dish, the sullen tunny stood;[221:3]
     For ever sad with proud disdain he pined,
     And the lost arms for ever stung his mind.
     The shark, to masons and upholders dear,
     Good nurse of youth, though rough its skin appear;[221:4]
     Nor do I know on earth a nicer food,
     Though what came next is very near as good,
     A roasted cestreas; nor alone it lay,
     For twelve fine sargi came the self-same way.[221:5]
     And a dark amias, of every sea
     Who knows the depths, great Neptune's comrade he.
     And squills the minstrels of Olympian Jove,
     Whom none to look at, all to taste of, love.
     The chrysophrys, for shining beauty famed,
     The crab's hard shell refusing to be tamed.
     All these, and many more besides, I saw
     Crush'd in each hungry guest's devouring jaw.
     The royal sturgeon led the second band,
     Towards whom, though nearly full, I stretch'd my hand;
     He like ambrosia to my senses look'd,
     Which I had always thought for gods alone was cook'd.
     Then came a lamprey, large and richly fed,
     As when he seeks the dragon's daughter's bed.
     And next, (the goddesses such sandals wear,)
     Of mighty soles a firm and well-match'd pair.
     Then the sea thrushes young and fierce, who dive
     Mid the deep rocks and tear their prey alive.
     The sargus, mormyrus, hippurus, spar,
     The shad, the gale; so countless fishes are.
     The feast to view the guests' eyes joyful beam'd,
     And all the house with the rich odour steam'd.
     The host bade all sit down: myself, I thought
     This woman's food, and something solid sought.
     Large in the centre lay a vacant space,
     Which herbs and salads did with verdure grace.
     Then a sea blackbird came, a morsel nice,
     And disappear'd, devoured in a trice.
     Then came a ham, t' its foes a helpless prey,
     And while it lasted none could keep away.
     But when the feast was o'er I wept with sorrow
     To think I could not eat on till to-morrow,
     But must fall back on barley-meal and cheese.

            *       *       *       *       *

     Black broth subdued him and boil'd pettitoes;
     Then came some ducks from Salamis, sacred isle,
     Borne by the cook, who with a cheerful smile,
     Marshall'd them where the Athenian phalanx stood;
     And Chærephon survey'd the various food,
     That he might know to choose and eat the best;
     Then like a lion leapt he on the feast,[222:1]
     And seized a mighty leg of turkey hot,
     To make his supper when he home had got.
     Then groats which Vulcan made into a cake,
     And in Attic pan full thirteen months did bake
     But when our wish for food was satisfied,
     We wash'd our hands in ocean's foaming tide;
     One beauteous slave came round with rich perfume,
     Another garlands strew'd around the room.
     Then foam'd around old Bacchus' rosy tide,
     And each guest merrily with his fellow vied.
     Then the dessert was served; the juicy pear,
     The apple and pomegranate too were there.
     The grape, the nurse of Bacchus, and the plum,
     And fig, and medlar on the table come.
     But I ate nought, I was so full before,
     Till I that lovely child of Ceres saw,
     A large sweet round and yellow cake; how then
     Could I from such a dish, my friends, abstain?
     Had I ten mouths, aye, and as many hands,
     A brazen stomach within brazen bands,[222:2]
     They all would on that lovely cake have sprung.
     And so the feast of Stratocles I've sung.

14. And Alexis, in his Men running together, ridiculing the Attic
banquets, says--

     I wish that I could get a brace of cooks,
     The cleverest in their art in all the city.
     For he who a Thessalian would invite,
     Must never stint his fare in Attic fashion,
     Nor practise over strict economy;
     But have in all things a well-order'd feast.

And the Thessalians are truly fond of eating; as Eriphus says in his
Light-armed Soldier, thus--

     It is not Corinth now, nor Lais here,
     Nor any feast of sumptuous Thessalians,
     Whose habits well I know.

And the author, whoever he was, of the play called The Beggars, which is
ascribed to Chionides, says that the Athenians, when they place a
banquet for Castor and Pollux in their Prytaneum, serve up on the tables
cheese and barley-cakes, and olives which have fallen, and leeks, for
the sake of reminding people of the ancient manner of living. And Solon
enjoins them to serve up barley-cakes to those who eat in the prytaneum:
and besides that, to place bread on the table at festivals, in imitation
of Homer; for he, too, when collecting the chiefs around Agamemnon,

     The cakes were baked.

And Chrysippus, in the fourth book of his treatise on Beauty and
Pleasure, says--"But at Athens they say that two festivals are
celebrated there (neither of them of great antiquity), one at the Lyceum
and one in the Academy, and when the confectioner had brought into the
Academy a dish for some other purpose, all those who were offering
sacrifice at once broke the dish, because something had been introduced
which did not belong to the city, and everything which came from afar
ought to have been kept away. And that the cook at the Lyceum having
prepared some salt-fish in order to serve up a dish of it, was scourged
as a man who used his invention in a very wicked manner." And Plato, in
the second book of his Republic, represents his new citizens as
feasting, and writes--"You make your men feast without any second
course, says he. You say the truth, I replied; I forgot that they will
have a second course--namely, salt, and olives, and cheese, and onions;
and besides, they will boil such vegetables as are found in the fields;
and moreover, we shall serve up some sweetmeats to them,--figs, and
beans, and vetches. They shall roast myrtle-berries too and
beech-acorns at the fire, drinking moderately all the time. And in this
manner they shall pass their lives in peace, growing old, as it is
probable they will, in the enjoyment of good health, and transmit a good
constitution to their posterity."

15. We must next speak of the Lacedæmonian banquets. Now Herodotus, in
the ninth book of his Histories, speaking of the preparation of
Mardonius, and mentioning the banquets of the Lacedæmonians,
says--"Xerxes, when fleeing from Greece, left all his equipment to
Mardonius. And when Pausanias beheld the appointments of Mardonius's
tent, and his tent itself all furnished with gold and silver and
embroidered curtains, he ordered the bakers and confectioners to prepare
him a supper exactly as they had been in the habit of preparing for
Mardonius. And when they had done as they were commanded, Pausanias,
beholding the couches of gold and silver all ready laid and covered, and
the silver tables, and the superb banquet which was prepared, marvelling
at what he saw, by way of ridicule ordered his own slaves to prepare a
banquet in the Lacedæmonian fashion. But when it was made ready,
Pausanias laughed, and sent for all the generals of the Greeks; and when
they were come he showed them both the banquets which were prepared
before him, and said: O Greeks, I have assembled you, because I was
desirous to exhibit to you the folly of the general of the Medes; who,
while he was used himself to live in the manner which you behold, came
against us who are in the habit of living in the hard way which you see

And some say that a citizen of Sybaris, who was staying at Sparta, and
who dined at their Phiditia, said--"It is natural enough for the
Lacedæmonians to be the bravest of men; for any man in his senses would
rather die ten thousand times over, than live in such a miserable way as

16. And Polemo, in his treatise on the Wicker Carriage mentioned by
Xenophon, says "that Cratinus in his Pluti, mentioning the feast which
is called by the Lacedæmonians Copis, speaks as follows--

     Tell me, I pray you, is it true that all
     The strangers in that country, who arrive,
     May banquet at the Copis at their pleasure?
     And at their parties do there hang around
     Cakes fix'd on pegs, that every one who will,
     Young men and old, may take a bite at them?

And Eupolis says in his Helots--

     And let a Copis be this day prepared.

Now the Copis is a peculiar sort of entertainment, just as that which is
called Aiclon. And when it takes place, first of all they erect tents
near the temple of the god; and in them they place beds of leaves; and
on them they strew carpets, and then they feast those who recline on
them, not only those who arrive, being natives of the country, but those
foreigners also who are sojourning in the place. And at these copides
they sacrifice goats, but no other victim; and they give portions of its
flesh to every one, and they distribute also what they call a
physicillus, which is a little loaf like an encris, made of oil and
honey, only rounder in shape. And they give to every one who is present
a newly made cheese, and a slice of paunch, and black-pudding, and
sweetmeats, and dried figs, and beans, and green kidney-beans. And any
one of the rest of the Spartans who chooses, partakes of this Copis.

"They also celebrate copides in the city at the festival called
Tithenidia,[225:1] which is celebrated on behalf of the children. For
the nurses at this season bring the male children into the fields, and
to the Diana surnamed Corythallia; whose temple is near the fountain
called Tiassus, in the parts towards Cleta; and there they celebrate
copides, in a manner similar to those which have been already mentioned.
And they sacrifice small sucking-pigs, and they also at the feast set
before the guests some of the loaves called ipnitæ. But this aiclon is
called by all the other Dorians δεῖπνον. At all events Epicharmus, in
his Hope, says--

     For some one of his own accord has ask'd you to an αἶκλον,
     And do thou gladly go in haste of your accord to eat it.

And he repeats the same lines in his Periallus. But at Lacedæmon, after
supper is over, they set what they call ἄïκλον (not αἶκλον) before all
those who come to the Phiditium; namely, loaves of bread in a small
basket, and a slice of meat for each person. And an attendant follows
the servant who distributes the portions, proclaiming the ἄïκλον,
adding to his proclamation the name of him who has sent it round."

17. This was the statement of Polemo. But Didymus the Grammarian
contradicted him, (and Demetrius, of Trœzen, calls him a Bookforgetter,
on account of the number of books which he has edited, for they amount
to three thousand and five hundred,) and said--"Polycrates, in his
history of Lacedæmonian affairs, relates that the Lacedæmonians
celebrate the festival called Hyacinthia for three days, and on account
of their lamentation for Hyacinthus, they do not wear crowns at their
feasts, nor do they bring bread there, but they distribute cheesecakes,
and other things of the same kind. And they sing no pæan to the god, nor
do they introduce anything of that sort, as they do in other sacred
festivals, but they eat their supper in a very orderly manner, and then
depart. But on the middle one of the three days there is a very superb
spectacle, and a very considerable and important assembly; for boys play
upon the harp, girt up in their tunics, and singing to the music of the
flute, running over all the strings of the harp at the same time with
the plectrum, in an anapæstic rhythm, with a shrill tone, and in that
manner they sing a hymn in honour of the god. And others riding on
horses and handsomely dressed go through the theatre; and very numerous
choruses of young men enter, and they sing some of their native poems.
And dancers mingled with them perform an ancient sort of dance to the
music of a flute and singing. And virgins also, some in wooden curved
chariots, called canathra, beautifully made, and others in crowds of
large waggons drawn by horses, make a procession; and the whole city is
in a state of agitation and of delight at the spectacle. And they
sacrifice great numbers of victims all this day. And the citizens give a
banquet to all their friends, and to their own slaves; and no one omits
attending the sacred feast, but the whole city is evacuated by the whole
body of citizens flocking to the spectacle.

"And the copis is also mentioned by Aristophanes or Philyllius in the
Cities, and by Epilycus in the Coraliscus, where he says--

     When I shall bear a copis to the fane
     Of sacred Amyclæ, then many baraces,
     And loaves, and luscious sauce shall show my coming:

saying expressly that barley-cakes are set before the guests at the
copides, (for that is the meaning of the word βάρακες, which does not
mean cheesecakes, as Lycophron asserts, nor barley-meal porridge, as
Eratosthenes believes,) and loaves, and a particular sort of broth very
highly seasoned. Moreover, what the copis is, is very perspicuously
explained by Molpis in his treatise on the Polity of the Lacedæmonians,
where he writes, They also have feasts which they call copides. But the
copis is a supper consisting of barley-cakes, loaves, meat, raw
vegetables, soup, figs, sweetmeats, and warmed wine. Moreover,
sucking-pigs are not called ὀρθαγορίσκοι, as Polemo pronounces the word,
but ὀρθραγορίσκοι, since they are sold at early dawn (πρὸς τὸν ὄρθρον), as
Persæus relates in his treatise on the Lacedæmonian Polity. And
Dioscorides, in the second book of his Polity, and Aristocles, in
the first book of the treatise which he also wrote concerning the
Lacedæmonian Polity, make the same statement. Besides, Polemo says, that
supper is called ἄïκλον by the Lacedæmonians, and that all the rest of
the Dorians give it the same name. For Alcman says--

     At the mill and also at the suppers (ταῖς συναικλείαις),

where he uses συναίκλειαι as equivalent to συνδείπνια. And in a subsequent
passage he says--

     Alcman prepared an ἄïκλον.

But the Lacedæmonians do not call that portion which is given after the
supper ἄïκλον, nor that which is given after supper at the phiditia;
for that consists of bread and meat: but that is called ἐπάïκλον, being,
as it were, an addition to the ἄïκλον, which is regularly appointed as
a part of the phiditia; and that is what I imagine the name implies.
For the preparation of what is called the ἐπάïκλα is not simple, as
Polemo supposed, but of a two-fold nature. For that which they give
to the boys is very slight and trifling, being merely meal steeped in
oil, which Nicocles, the Lacedæmonian, says that they eat after supper,
wrapped up in leaves of the bay-tree, from which those leaves are called
καμματίδες,[227:1] and the cakes themselves are called κάμματα. And that it
was a custom of the ancients to eat the leaves of the bay-tree at
dessert, Callias or Diocles asserts in the Cyclopes, speaking thus--

     You will eat the leaves meant for supper,
     And this belongs to the figures which . . .

But what they serve up at the phiditia of the men is prepared of some
few regular animals, one of those who are rich men providing them for
the phiditia, or sometimes several men club together to furnish it. But
Molpis tells us that the ἐπάïκλα are also surnamed ματτύη."

18. But concerning the ἐπάïκλα, Persæus, in his treatise on the
Lacedæmonian Constitution, writes as follows:--"And immediately he
levies on the rich men a tax of money to provide the ἐπάïκλα; and this
word means the sweetmeats which come on after supper. But he enjoins the
poor to bring a reed, or a straw, or a leaf of the bay-tree, in order
that they may be able to eat the ἐπάïκλα after supper. For it consists
of meal steeped in oil; and this is wholly like the arrangement of some
small state. For in these ἐπάïκλα they attend to all such points as
these: who ought to sit down first, or second, or who ought to sit down
on a small couch; and so on." And Dioscorides gives the same account.
But concerning the words καμματίδες and κάμματα Nicocles writes as
follows:--"But the Ephor, having heard the cause, pronounces an
acquittal or a condemnation. And he who has gained the cause is slightly
taxed to provide some κάμματα or καμματίδες. Now the κάμματα are cakes; but
the καμματίδες are what they wrap them in in order to eat them."

19. But concerning the banquet of the Phiditia, Dioscorides gives this
account in his book entitled Tripoliticus. "In the first place, each
individual has his supper put down separately before him, and he has no
participation with any one else; and after that each has as much
barley-cake as he pleases. And again, a cup is placed before each
person, to drink whenever he pleases. And the meat is always the same
for every one, being boiled pork; but sometimes they have no meat at
all, except some little bit weighing at the outside about four minæ; and
besides this, nothing at all except the broth which comes from it; which
is sufficient for every one at the whole banquet to have some. And
sometimes there may be some olives, or some cheese, or a few figs: and
sometimes they have some small addition--a fish, or a hare, or a pigeon,
or something of that sort: and then, after they have eaten very rapidly,
the things are brought round which are called ἐπάïκλα. And every one
contributes to the phiditium about three Attic semimedimni[228:1] of
meal, and about eleven or twelve choes[228:2] of wine; and in addition
to this they contributed a certain weight of cheese and figs; and
moreover, for purchasing meat, they gave ten Æginetan obols."[228:3]

But Sphærus, in the third book of his treatise on the Lacedæmonian
Constitution, writes--"The partakers of the phiditium do also themselves
contribute the ἐπάïκλα. And sometimes most of them make their
contributions consist of what has been caught by them in hunting. Not
but what the rich contribute also bread and whatever vegetables or
fruits may be in season, in such quantities as are sufficient for one
meal; thinking that to provide more than is just enough is superfluous,
as it will not be eaten." And Molpis says--"But after the supper is over
something is always contributed by some one or other, and sometimes by
many joining together; and the ματτύη, which they call the ἐπάïκλον, is
prepared by them at their own houses: but no one goes to any expense in
buying what he contributes for this purpose. For they do not contribute
it for the purpose of giving pleasure, or of indulging in any immoderate
eating, but with the view of making a display of their own skill in
hunting. And many also who breed flocks of sheep, give their produce
very liberally. And this ματτύη consists of pigeons, geese, two hen-doves,
thrushes, blackbirds, hares, lambs, kids. And the cooks always proclaim
the name of him who has contributed each dish, in order that all men may
see his devotion to hunting, and his eagerness to contribute to their

But Demetrius the Scepsian says, in the first book of his treatise on
the Trojan Array, "that the festival of the Carnea among the
Lacedæmonians is a representation of a military expedition. For that
there are nine spots marked out; and they are called sciades,[229:1]
having something like tents in them; and in each of them nine men sup;
and everything is proclaimed by the crier as if it were a military
order. Now each scias has three phratriæ. And this festival of the
Carnea lasts nine days."

20. Subsequently the Lacedæmonians relaxed the rigour of this way of
living, and became more luxurious. At all events, Phylarchus, in the
fifteenth and again in the twentieth book of his Histories, writes thus
concerning them:--"The Lacedæmonians had given up assembling for the
phiditia, according to the custom of their country, and whenever they
met, after having had a few things brought round, for the sake of a
seeming compliance with the law, other things were then prepared;
couches furnished in a very expensive way and of exceeding size, and all
differing from one another in their adornment; so that some of the
strangers who were invited used to be afraid to put their elbows on the
pillows; and those who formerly used to rest on a bare bench during the
whole banquet, perhaps once leaning on their elbows for a few minutes,
had now come to such a pitch of luxury as I have spoken of, and to a
serving up of many cups of wine, and of all sorts of food procured from
all countries and dressed in every kind of luxurious way; and besides
that, they had come to use foreign perfumes, and also foreign wines and
sweetmeats. And the people began this fashion who lived a short time
before the reign of Cleomenes, namely Areus and Acrotatus, rivalling the
indulgences of the court of Persia; and they in their turn were so far
exceeded by some private individuals, who lived in Sparta at that time,
in their own personal extravagance, that Areus and Acrotatus appeared
people of such rigid economy as to have surpassed the most simple of
their predecessors in self-denial."

21. "But Cleomenes was a man of eminent wisdom in his discernment of
matters, (although he was but a young man,) and also was exceedingly
simple in his manner of life. For he, being king, and having such
important affairs intrusted to his management, displayed such behaviour
to any who were invited to any sacrifice, as to make them see that what
they had daily prepared at home for themselves was in no respect
inferior to what he allowed himself. And when many embassies were sent
to him he never made a banquet for the ambassadors at an earlier hour
than the regular time; and there never was anything more laid than a
common pentaclinum; and when there was no embassy, what was laid was a
triclinium. And there were no orders issued by the regulator of the
feasts, as to who should come in or who should sit down first: but the
eldest led the way to the couch, unless he himself invited any one else
to do so; and he was generally seen supping with his brother or with
some of his friends of his own age. And there was placed on a tripod a
brazen wine-cooler, and a cask, and a small silver cup holding two
cotylæ,[230:1] and a cyathus;[230:2] and the spoon was made of brass.
And wine was not brought round to drink unless any one asked for it; but
one cyathus was given to each guest before supper: and generally it was
given to himself first; and then, when he had thus given the signal, the
rest also asked for some wine. But what was served up was placed on a
very common-looking table; and the dishes were such that there was
neither anything left, nor anything deficient, but just a sufficient
quantity for every one; so that those who were present should not feel
the want of anything. For he did not think it right to receive guests as
sparingly, in respect of soup and meat, as men are treated at the
phiditia; nor again, to have so much superfluity as to waste money for
no purpose, exceeding all moderation and reason in the feast; for the
one extreme he counted illiberal, and the other arrogant. And the wine
was of rather a better quality when he had any company. But while they
were eating they all kept silence; but a slave stood by, holding in his
hand a vessel of mixed wine, and poured out for every one who asked for
it. And in the same manner, after supper there was given to each guest
not more than two cyathi of wine, and this too was brought to each
person as he made a sign for it. And there was no music of any kind
accompanying the meal, but Cleomenes himself conversed all the time with
each individual, having invited them, as it were, for the purpose of
listening and talking; so that all departed charmed with his hospitality
and affability."

But Antiphanes, ridiculing the Lacedæmonian banquets, in the style of
the comic poets, in his drama which is entitled Archon, speaks as

     If you should live in Lacedæmon's walls,
     You must comply with all their fashions there.
     Go to their spare phiditia for supper,
     And feast on their black broth; and not disdain
     To wear fierce whiskers and seek no indulgence
     Further than this; but keep the olden customs,
     Such as their country doth compel.

22. And concerning the Cretan banquets, or συσσίτια, Dosiades speaks
in the fourth book of his treatise on Cretan Affairs, speaking as
follows:--"But the Lyctians collect men for the common meal (συσσίτια)
of the nation in this way:--Every one brings a tenth part of the fruits
which his land produces and throws into the common stock of the mess;
and they also bring their share of the taxes due to the city, which the
chief magistrates of the city distribute among each separate family. And
each one of the slaves pays an Æginetan stater[232:1] a head. The
citizens are all divided into messes; and they call them ἀνδρεῖα. And
a woman has the superintendence of their meals, having three or four of
the people under her to obey her orders. Now each one of the company is
followed by two servants bearing wood; and their title is calophori. And
there are in every town of Crete two houses set apart for these συσσίτιαι,
one of which they call the men's house, and the other, that, namely, in
which they receive strangers, they call the sleeping house. And in the
house which is set apart for these public meals, there are first of all
two tables set out, called the strangers' tables, at which those
foreigners who are present sit; and after that tables are laid for the
rest. And the younger men have half the quantity of meat; and they touch
none of the other dishes. Then a bowl of wine is placed on each table,
mingled with water; and all drink of this in common at the common table;
and when they have finished supper then another bowl is put on the
table. But for the boys one common bowl is likewise mixed; but the
elders have liberty to drink more if they feel inclined to. And the
woman who has the superintendence of the mess takes away from off the
table, without any disguise or concealment, the best of what is served
up, and puts it before those who are distinguished for warlike
achievements or for wisdom. And when they have finished supper, then,
first of all, they are in the habit of deliberating on the affairs of
the state; and then, after that, they converse about exploits which have
been performed in war, and extol those who have behaved like valiant
men, and so exhort the younger men to acts of valour and virtue."

And Pyrgion, in the third book of his treatise on Cretan Laws, says--"At
their public meals the Cretans sit and feast merrily. And those who are
orphans have dishes served up to them without any seasoning; and the
youngest of them minister to the others; and having uttered words of
good omen they pour libations to the gods, and distribute the dishes
served up to all the guests. They distribute some also to the sons who
are sitting just behind the seat of their fathers; giving them one-half
as much as is given to men; but the orphans have an equal share. And
whatever is served up to them has no seasoning nor any luxurious
mixtures compounded in it. There were also three seats designed for
strangers, and a third table, on the right hand side as you went in to
the house where the men ate; and that they called the table of the
Jupiter of Hospitality, and the table of Hospitality."

23. And Herodotus, comparing the drinking parties of the Greeks with the
banquets in fashion among the Persians, says--"But the Persians are
accustomed to honour that day above all others on which they were born.
And on that day they think it right to have a more splendid feast than
on any other day. And on that day those of them who are rich serve up an
ox, and an ass, and a horse, and a camel, all roasted whole in ovens:
but those who are poor serve up only the smaller animals, such as sheep;
and they do not eat a great deal of meat, but great quantities of
sweetmeats, and no salt. And on this account the Persians say that the
Greeks, when they eat, leave off being still hungry, because after
supper nothing is served up to them worth speaking of. For that if
anything good were put before them they would not leave off eating it:
but they sit very long at their wine. And it is not allowed to them to
vomit, nor to make water in the presence of one another. And these laws
are strictly observed among them. And after they have drunk hard they
are accustomed to deliberate on the most important affairs. And whatever
they determine on at these deliberations, the next day the master of the
house, wherever they were when they deliberated, proposes to them over
again when they are quite sober; and if they adopt the same
determination when sober, then they act upon it, but if not, they
abandon it: and whatever they decide on when sober, they reconsider when
they are drunk."

24. But concerning the luxury of the kings among the Persians, Xenophon,
in his Agesilaus, writes as follows:--"For men travel over the whole
earth in the service of the king of Persia, looking to find out what may
be pleasant for him to drink; and ten thousand men are always contriving
something nice for him to eat; and no one can tell the number of
contrivances they propose to cause him to sleep well. But Agesilaus,
because he was a man fond of exertion, drank whatever was set before him
with pleasure, and ate whatever came across him with appetite; and every
place suited him to sleep pleasantly in." And in his treatise entitled
Hiero, speaking of the things which are prepared for kings, and also of
the dishes which are prepared for private individuals to eat, he uses
the following expressions:--"'And I know,' said he, 'O Simonides, that
most men consider that we eat and drink more pleasantly than private
individuals in this respect, because they think that they should more
gladly eat of what is served up to us than of what is set before them.
For that whatever is out of the ordinary routine gives pleasure; on
which account all men gladly receive invitations to festivals, except
kings. For as their tables are always loaded to satiety, it is quite
impossible that they should be susceptible of any addition at the time
of feasts; so that in this particular pleasure which is derived from
hope they are surpassed by private individuals. And in the next place,'
he continued, 'I am sure that you yourself know from experience that the
more any one sets before people that which is more than sufficient, in
that exact proportion is a disgust at eating quicker in coming on; so
that a man who has a very large and varied dinner set before him is
inferior to those who live moderately also in the duration of his
pleasure.' 'But, by Jove,' said Simonides, 'as long as the mind feels an
appetite, so long are those who are bred up amid more expensive
preparations delighted in a much higher degree than those who are in the
habit of living in a most economical manner.'"

25. But Theophrastus, in the Book on Royal Authority, addressed to
Cassander, (if indeed the book under that title, attributed to him, be a
genuine work of his, for many say that it was written by Sosibius, to
whom Callimachus the poet addresses a triumphal hymn in elegiac metre,)
says that "the Persian kings were so luxurious as to offer by
proclamation a large sum of money to any one who could invent any new
pleasure." And Theopompus, in the thirty-fifth book of his Histories,
says, that "the king of the Paphlagonians, whose name was Thys, whenever
he supped, ordered a hundred dishes of every sort to be placed on his
table, beginning with oxen. And that when he was led captive to the king
of Persia and kept in prison, he still continued to have the same
profusion served up to him, living in the most splendid manner. So that
Artaxerxes, when he heard of it, said that he appeared to him to be
living like a man who knew that he should soon die." But the same
Theopompus, in the fourteenth book of his History of the Exploits of
Philip, says--"When the king comes to any one of his subject cities,
twenty talents are expended on his supper, and sometimes thirty; and
some even spend a much larger sum still. For it is a very old custom,
that every city is bound to supply a supper in proportion to its
greatness, just on the same principle as its tribute to the revenue and
its taxes are exacted."

26. But Heraclides the Cumæan, who compiled a history of Persia, in the
second book of that work, which is entitled Preparatory, says--"And
those who wait upon the Persian kings while they are at supper, all
minister after having bathed, wearing beautiful clothes; and they remain
nearly half the day in attendance at the feast. But of those who are
invited to eat with the king, some dine outside, and every one who
chooses can see them, but some dine inside with the king: and even these
do not actually eat with him; but there are two rooms opposite to one
another, in one of which the king eats his meal, and in the other the
guests eat theirs. And the king beholds them through the curtain which
is at the door; but they cannot see him. But sometimes, when there is a
feast, then they all sup in one room, namely, in the same room as the
king, being the large room. And when the king has a drinking party, (and
he has one very often,) his guests are about a dozen in number, and when
they have supped, the king by himself, and his guests by themselves,
then one of the eunuchs summons those who are to drink with the king:
and when they come, then they drink with him, but they do not have the
same wine; also they sit on the ground and he reclines on a couch with
golden feet; and when they are very drunk indeed they go away. But for
the most part the king breakfasts and sups by himself: but sometimes his
wife sups with him; and sometimes some of his sons do so. And at supper
his concubines sing and play to him; and one of them leads, and then all
the rest sing in concert. But the supper," he continues, "which is
called the king's supper, will appear to any one who hears of it to be
very magnificent; still, when it is examined into, it will turn out to
be economically and carefully managed, and in the same manner as the
meals of the other Persians who are in office. For the king has a
thousand victims slain every day: and among them are horses, and camels,
and oxen, and asses, and stags, and an immense number of sheep; and a
great many birds too are taken; and the Arabian ostrich (and that is a
very large animal), and geese, and cocks; and a moderate quantity of
them is served up to each of the mess-mates of the king, and each of
them carries away what is left for his breakfast. But the greater part
of these victims and of this meat is carried out into the court to the
spear-bearers and light-armed troops whom the king maintains; and in the
court the masters of the feasts portion out the meat and the bread into
equal portions; and as the mercenary troops in Greece receive money for
their hire, so do these men receive food from the king, on account, as
if it were money. And in the same way, at the courts of the other
Persians, who hold office as magistrates, all the food is placed at once
upon the table; and when the mess-mates of the magistrate have finished
their supper, then he who superintends the meal distributes what is left
on the table (and the greater part of the bread and meat is left) to
each of the servants. And each attendant, when he has received his
share, has his food for the day. For the most honourable of the
mess-mates (their title is ὁι σύνδειπνοι) never come to the king except to
dinner; because, forsooth, they have requested permission not to be
bound to come twice in the day, in order that they themselves may be
able to receive guests at their own houses."

27. But Herodotus, in his seventh book, says, that "the Greeks, who
received Xerxes in hospitality, and invited him to supper, all came to
the very extremity of ruin, so as to be utterly turned out of their
houses; as for instance, among the Thasians, who, because of the cities
which they had on the continent, received the army of Xerxes and
entertained it at supper. Antipater, one of these citizens, expended
four hundred talents in that single entertainment; and he placed on the
tables gold and silver cups and goblets; and then the soldiers, when
they departed after the supper, took them away with them. And wherever
Xerxes took two meals, dining as well as supping, that city was utterly

And in the ninth book of his Histories, the same author tells us, "The
king provides a royal entertainment; and this is provided once every
year, on the day on which the king was born. And the name of this feast
is in Persian τυκτὰ, but in Greek τέλειον; and that is the only day that he
has his head rubbed, and gives presents to the Persians."

But Alexander the Great, whenever he supped with any of his friends, as
Ephippus the Olynthian relates in his book on the Deaths of Alexander
and Hephæstion, expended each day a hundred minæ, as perhaps sixty or
seventy of his friends supped with him. But the king of the Persians, as
Ctesias and Dinon relate in the Histories of Persia, supped with fifteen
thousand men, and there were expended on the supper four hundred
talents; and this amounts in Italian money to twenty four hundred
thousand of sesterces. And this sum when divided among fifteen thousand
men is a hundred and sixty sesterces of Italian money for each
individual; so that it comes to very nearly the same as the expense of
Alexander; for he expended a hundred minæ, according to the account of

But Menander, in his play called Drunkenness, estimates the expense of
the most sumptuous banquet at a talent, saying--

     Then we do not in these matters act as we should do
     When to the gods we sacrifice; for then we go and buy
     A sheep, an offering for the gods, for scarce ten drachmas' price.
     And then we send for flute players, and ointments, and perfumes,
     And harps, and singing women, eels, and cheese, and honey too;
     And ample jars of Thasian wine; but these can scarcely come,
     When all together reckon'd up, to a small talent's sum.

And it is as the very extravagance of expense that he has named a talent
at all. And in his Morose Man he speaks as follows:--

     See how these housebreakers do sacrifice!
     Bearing such beds and couches, not to please
     The gods, but their own selves. Incense is pious,
     So is the votive cake; and this the god
     Receives well-baked in the holy fire.
     But they when they have offer'd the chump end
     Of a lean loin, the gall bladder, and bones,
     Not too agreeable or easy to eat,
     Unto the gods, consume the rest themselves.

28. And Philoxenus of Cythera, in the play which is entitled The Supper,
(for he it is whom Plato the comic writer mentions in his Phaon, and
not Philoxenus the Leucadian,) mentions the following as the preparation
made for a banquet--

     And then two slaves brought in a well-rubb'd table,
     And then another, and another, till
     The room was fill'd, and then the hanging lamps
     Beam'd bright and shone upon the festive crowns,
     And herbs, and dishes of rich delicacies.
     And then all arts were put in requisition
     To furnish forth a most luxurious meal.
     Barley-cakes white as snow did fill the baskets,
     And then were served up not coarse vulgar pots,
     But well-shaped dishes, whose well-order'd breadth
     Fill'd the rich board, eels, and the well-stuff'd conger,
     A dish fit for the gods. Then came a platter
     Of equal size, with dainty sword-fish fraught,
     And then fat cuttle-fish, and the savoury tribes
     Of the long hairy polypus. After this
     Another orb appear'd upon the table,
     Rival of that just brought from off the fire,
     Fragrant with spicy odour. And on that
     Again were famous cuttle-fish, and those
     Fair maids the honey'd squills, and dainty cakes,
     Sweet to the palate, and large buns of wheat,
     Large as a partridge, sweet, and round, which you
     Do know the taste of well. And if you ask
     What more was there, I'd speak of luscious chine,
     And loin of pork, and head of boar, all hot;
     Cutlets of kid, and well-boil'd pettitoes,
     And ribs of beef, and heads, and snouts, and tails.
     Then kid again, and lamb, and hares, and poultry,
     Partridges and the bird from Phasis' stream.
     And golden honey, and clotted cream was there,
     And cheese, which I did join with all in calling
     Most tender fare. And when we all had reach'd
     Satiety of food and wine, the slaves
     Bore off the still full tables; and some others
     Brought us warm water for to wash our hands.[238:1]

29. And Socrates the Rhodian, in the third book of his History of the
Civil War, describing the entertainment given by Cleopatra the last
queen of Egypt, who married Antony the Roman general in Cilicia, speaks
in the following manner:--"But Cleopatra having met Antony in Cilicia,
prepared him a royal entertainment, in which every dish was golden and
inlaid with precious stones, wonderfully chased and embossed. And the
walls," continues he, "were hung with cloths embroidered in gold and
purple. And she had twelve triclinia laid; and invited Antony to a
banquet, and desired him to bring with him whatever companions he
pleased. And he being astonished at the magnificence of the sight,
expressed his surprise; and she, smiling, said that she made him a
present of everything which he saw, and invited him to sup with her
again the next day, and to bring his friends and captains with him. And
then she prepared a banquet by far more splendid than the former one, so
as to make that first one appear contemptible; and again she presented
to him everything that there was on the table; and she desired each of
his captains to take for his own the couch on which he lay, and the
goblets which were set before each couch. And when they were departing
she gave to all those of the highest rank palanquins, with the slaves
for palanquin bearers; and to the rest she gave horses, adorned with
golden furniture: and to every one she gave Ethiopian boys, to bear
torches before them. And on the fourth day she paid more than a talent
for roses; and the floor of the chamber for the men was strewed a cubit
deep, nets being spread over the blooms." And he relates further, that
"Antony himself, when he was staying at Athens, a short time after this,
prepared a very superb scaffold to spread over the theatre, covered with
green wood such as is seen in the caves sacred to Bacchus; and from this
scaffold he suspended drums and fawn-skins, and all the other toys which
one names in connexion with Bacchus, and then sat there with his
friends, getting drunk from daybreak,--a band of musicians, whom he had
sent for from Italy, playing to him all the time, and all the Greeks
around being collected to see the sight. And presently," continues he,
"he crossed over to the Acropolis, the whole city of Athens being
illuminated with lamps suspended from the roof; and after that he
ordered himself to be proclaimed as Bacchus throughout all the cities in
that district."

And Caius the emperor, surnamed Caligula, because he was born in the
camp, was not only called the young Bacchus, but was also in the habit
of going about dressed in the entire dress of Bacchus, and he used to
sit on the tribunal as judge in that dress.

30. Now a man looking at these instances which have occurred in our
country before our time, may marvel at the poverty of the Greeks,
especially if he sets his eyes upon the banquets which take place among
the Thebans; concerning whom Clitarchus, in the first book of his
Histories relating to Alexander, speaks, and says that all their wealth,
when the city was razed to the ground by Alexander, was found to amount
to four hundred and forty talents, because they were meanspirited and
gluttons in eating and drinking, preparing in their banquets forced-meat
balls, and boiled fish and anchovies, and encrasicholi, and sausages,
and ribs of beef, and soup; on which Attaginus the son of Phrynon
feasted Mardonius, with fifty other Persians; a man whom Herodotus
mentions in his ninth book as having amassed an enormous amount of
riches. And I think that they would never have escaped, and that there
would have been no necessity for the Greeks being marshalled against
them at Platæa, as they would certainly have been killed by such food as

31. But Hecatæus of Miletus, describing an Arcadian banquet in the third
book of his Genealogies, says that it consists chiefly of barley-cakes
and pork. But Harmodius of Lepreum, in the third book of his treatise on
the Laws of the People of Phigalea, says--"The man among the Phigaleans
who is appointed superintendent of the food, brought every day three
choes of wine, and a medimnus of flour, and five minæ weight of cheese,
and other things suitable for the preparing of the victims. And the city
provided each of the choruses with three sheep, and a cook, and a
water-carrier, and tables, and seats for the guests to sit down upon,
and all other similar appointments; only that the choregus supplied the
vessels which the cook required. And the banquet was of the following
description: Cheese, and barley-cake, for the sake of preserving the
laws, served up in brazen baskets, which are by some people called
mazonoma, having derived their name from the use to which they are put;
and together with the barley-cake and cheese, paunches and salt are
given the guests to eat. And when they have offered these things to the
gods, then they give every one a portion of wine to drink in a small
mug, made of earthenware: and he who brings the wine says, May you sup
well. And then there is put on the table for general use some soup and
some minced meat; and every one has two slices of meat put within his
reach. And it was a custom of theirs at all their banquets, and most
especially at those which were called Mazones, or barley-feasts, (for
even now the feast in honour of Bacchus has this name,) to give those of
the young men who ate most manfully, a larger quantity of broth, and
also to set before them barley-cakes and loaves, for such an one was
considered a noble-minded and a valiant man; for a large appetite was
considered an admirable and a famous thing among them. But after supper
was over, they used to make libations, without having washed their
hands, but merely wiping them on pieces of bread; and each of them took
away with him that on which he had wiped his hands, doing this on
account of the nightly objects of fear which arise to frighten men in
the crossroads: and after the libations a pæan is sung. But when they
sacrifice to the Heroes, a very large sacrifice of oxen takes place, and
they all feast with the slaves; and the children sit at table with their
fathers, sitting naked on the stones."

But Theopompus, in the forty-sixth book of his account of the Exploits
of Philip, says--"The Arcadians in their banquets admit both masters and
slaves, and prepare but one table for all; and they place the food for
all in the middle, and they mix the same bowl of wine for the whole

32. But among the Naucratitæ, according to the account given by Hermeas
in the second book of his treatise respecting the Grynean Apollo, they
sup in the prytaneum on the birthday festival of Vesta Prytanitis; and
at the Dionysiac festival; and again at the assembly of the Comæan
Apollo,--all of them coming in white robes, which even to this day they
call _prytanic_ garments. And when they have sat down to eat, they rise
up again on their knees while the herald of the sacred festival repeats
the national prayers, all making a libation together; and, after that,
sitting down again, each of them takes two cotylæ of wine, except the
priests of the Pythian Apollo, and of Bacchus, for each of them receives
a double portion of wine and of all other things; and then a loaf of
white bread is set before each of them, made very broad, on which
another loaf is placed, which they call cribanites. And a joint of pork
is placed before them, and a platter of ptisan or of some vegetable or
herb which is in season, and a couple of eggs, and a slice of cheese,
and some dry figs, and a cheesecake, and a garland. And whatever maker
of a sacrifice prepares anything beyond this is liable to be fined
by the magistrates, who are called τιμοῦχοι. And those who eat in the
prytaneum are not permitted to take anything away to be eaten; but they
only eat what is set before them, and give what is left to their slaves.
And on all the other days of the year it is lawful for any one who
pleases of those who are fed at the prytaneum to go into the prytaneum
to sup, having prepared at his own home some vegetable, or some pulse,
or some salt meat, or some fish, or a very little bit of pork; and when
he eats this, he may also have a cotyla of wine. But no woman is allowed
to go into the prytaneum excepting the woman alone who plays the flute.
And no spoon may be brought into the prytaneum. But if any one of the
Naucratitæ makes a marriage feast, as it is written in the law which
regulates the ceremonial of marriage, it is forbidden for him to have
eggs or honey cheesecakes served up; but what is the reason of these
restrictions we may hope to be told by Ulpian.

33. But Lynceus, in his treatise on the Affairs and Constitution of
Egypt, comparing the Egyptian banquets to the Persian ones, says--"When
the Egyptians made an expedition against Ochus, king of Persia, and were
defeated, when the king of the Egyptians was taken prisoner, Ochus
treated him with great humanity, and invited him to supper. And as there
was a very splendid preparation made, the Egyptian laughed at the idea
of the Persian living so frugally. 'But if you wish,' said he, 'O king,
to know how happy kings ought to feast, permit those cooks who formerly
belonged to me to prepare for you an Egyptian supper.' And when the
Persian had ordered that they should do so, when it was prepared, Ochus
was delighted at the feast, and said, 'May the gods, O Egyptian, destroy
you miserably for a wicked man, who could leave such a supper as this,
and desire a much more frugal repast.'" But what the Egyptian feasts
were like Protagorides teaches us in the first book of his treatise on
the Daphnic Contests, speaking as follows:--"And the third description
of suppers is the Egyptian, whose tables are not laid at all, but dishes
are brought round to the guests."

34. "But among the Galatians," says Phylarchus in his sixth book, "it is
the custom to place on the tables a great number of loaves broken
promiscuously, and meat just taken out of the kettles, which no one
touches without first waiting for the king to see whether he touches
anything of what is served up before him." But in his third book the
same Phylarchus says that "Ariamnes the Galatian, being an exceedingly
rich man, gave notice that he would give all the Galatians a banquet
every year; and that he did so, managing in this manner: He divided the
country, measuring it by convenient stages along the roads; and at these
stages he erected tents of stakes and rushes and osiers, each containing
about four hundred men, or somewhat more, according as the district
required, and with reference to the number that might be expected to
throng in from the villages and towns adjacent to the stage in question.
And there he placed huge kettles, full of every sort of meat; and he had
the kettles made in the preceding year before he was to give the feast,
sending for artizans from other cities. And he caused many victims to be
slain,--numbers of oxen, and pigs, and sheep, and other animals,--every
day; and he caused casks of wine to be prepared, and a great quantity of
ground corn. And not only," he continues, "did all the Galatians who
came from the villages and cities enjoy themselves, but even all the
strangers who happened to be passing by were not allowed to escape by
the slaves who stood around, but were pressed to come in and partake of
what had been prepared."

35. Xenophon also mentions the Thracian suppers in the seventh book of
his Anabasis, describing the banquet given by Seuthes in the following
words--"But when they all came to the supper, and the supper was laid so
that they might all sit round in a circle, then tripods were brought to
all the guests; and they were about twenty in number, all full of meat
ready carved: and leavened loaves of large size were stuck to the joints
of meat with skewers. And most especially were tables always placed
before the guests, for that was the custom. And first of all Seuthes
behaved in this manner: taking the loaves which were near him, he broke
them into small pieces, and threw the pieces to whoever he chose; and he
acted in the same way with the meat, leaving before himself only just as
much as he could eat; and the rest also did the same,--those I mean
before whom the tables were set. But a certain Arcadian, Arystas by
name, a terrible fellow to eat, said that throwing the bread and meat
about was folly; and taking a large loaf in his hand, of the size of
three chœnixes,[244:1] and putting the meat upon his knees, made his
supper in that manner. And they brought round horns of wine, and all
pledged one another; but Arystas, when the cup-bearer came to him with
the wine, said, as he saw that Xenophon was no longer eating any supper,
'Give him the wine, for he has time to drink it, but I have not time
yet.' And then there arose laughter. And as the liquor went round, a
Thracian came in, having a white horse, and taking a horn full of wine,
said, 'O Seuthes, I pledge you, and I make you a present of my horse:
and if you ride him you will catch whatever you wish to catch; and when
you retreat you will never need to fear an enemy.' And another man
brought in his son, and gave him to him in the same manner, pledging him
in wine: and another gave him garments for his wife. And Timasion,
pledging him, gave him a silver goblet, and a scimitar worth ten minæ.
But Gnesippus, an Athenian, rising up, said that there was an ancient
and excellent law, that those who had anything should give it to the
king as a compliment, and that the king should make presents to those
who had nothing. But Xenophon rose up boldly, and taking the horn,
said--'I, O Seuthes, give you myself and these my companions to be
faithful friends to you; and not one of them is unwilling that I should
do so: and now they are present here asking for nothing, but being
willing to encounter labour and danger on your behalf.' And Seuthes,
rising up, drank to Xenophon, and spilt the rest of the contents of the
horn at the same time that he did. And after this there came in men who
played on horns such as are used for giving orders with, and also on
trumpets made of raw bull's-hide, in excellent tune, as if they had been
playing on a magadis.[244:2]"

36. And Posidonius the Stoic, in the histories which he composed in a
manner by no means inconsistent with the philosophy which he professed,
writing of the laws that were established and the customs which
prevailed in many nations, says--"The Celtæ place food before their
guests, putting grass for their seats, and they serve it up on wooden
tables raised a very little above the ground: and their food consists of
a few loaves, and a good deal of meat brought up floating in water, and
roasted on the coals or on spits. And they eat their meat in a cleanly
manner enough, but like lions, taking up whole joints in both their
hands, and gnawing them; and if there is any part which they cannot
easily tear away, they cut it off with a small sword which they have in
a sheath in a private depository. And those who live near the rivers eat
fish also, and so do those who live near the Mediterranean sea, or near
the Atlantic ocean; and they eat it roasted with salt and vinegar and
cummin seed: and cummin seed they also throw into their wine. But they
use no oil, on account of its scarcity; and because they are not used to
it, it seems disagreeable to them. But when many of them sup together,
they all sit in a circle; and the bravest sits in the middle, like the
coryphæus of a chorus; because he is superior to the rest either in his
military skill, or in birth, or in riches: and the man who gives the
entertainment sits next to him; and then on each side the rest of the
guests sit in regular order, according as each is eminent or
distinguished for anything. And their armour-bearers, bearing their
large oblong shields, called θυρεοὶ, stand behind; and their spear-bearers
sit down opposite in a circle, and feast in the same manner as their
masters. And those who act as cup-bearers and bring round the wine,
bring it round in jars made either of earthenware or of silver, like
ordinary casks in shape, and the name they give them is ἄμβικος. And
their platters on which they serve up the meat are also made of the same
material; but some have brazen platters, and some have wooden or plaited
baskets. And the liquor which is drunk is, among the rich, wine brought
from Italy or from the country about Marseilles; and this is drunk
unmixed, but sometimes a little water is mixed with it. But among the
poorer classes what is drunk is a beer made of wheat prepared with
honey, and oftener still without any honey; and they call it _corma_.
And they all drink it out of the same cup, in small draughts, not
drinking more than a cyathus at a time; but they take frequent draughts:
and a slave carries the liquor round, beginning at the right hand and
going on to the left; and this is the way in which they are waited on,
and in which they worship the gods, always turning towards the right

37. And Posidonius continuing, and relating the riches of Lyernius the
father of Bityis, who was subdued by the Romans, says that "he, aiming
at becoming a leader of the populace, used to drive in a chariot over
the plains, and scatter gold and silver among the myriads of Celts who
followed him; and that he enclosed a fenced space of twelve furlongs in
length every way, square, in which he erected wine-presses, and filled
them with expensive liquors; and that he prepared so vast a quantity of
eatables that for very many days any one who chose was at liberty to go
and enjoy what was there prepared, being waited on without interruption
or cessation. And once, when he had issued beforehand invitations to a
banquet, some poet from some barbarian tribe came too late and met him
on the way, and sung a hymn in which he extolled his magnificence, and
bewailed his own misfortune in having come too late: and Lyernius was
pleased with his ode, and called for a bag of gold, and threw it to him
as he was running by the side of his chariot; and that he picked it up,
and then went on singing, saying that his very footprints upon the earth
over which he drove produced benefits to men." These now are the
accounts of the Celtæ given by Posidonius in the third and in the
twentieth books of his History.

38. But in the fifth book, speaking of the Parthians, he says--"But a
friend who is invited does not share the same table, but sitting on the
ground while the king reclines near on a lofty couch, eats whatever is
thrown to him from the king, like a dog. And very often he is torn away
from his feast on the ground for some trifling cause, and is scourged
with rods and knotted whips; and when he is all covered with blood he
falls down on his face on the floor, and adores the man who has punished
him as his benefactor."

And in his eleventh book, speaking of Seleucus the king, and relating
how he came against Media, and warred against Arsaces, and was taken
prisoner by the barbarian, and how he remained a long time in captivity
to Arsaces, being treated like a king by him, he writes thus--"Among the
Parthians, at their banquets, the king had a couch on which he reclined
by himself higher than all the rest, and apart from them; and a table
also was laid for him by himself, as for a hero, laden with all sorts of
barbaric delicacies." And when he is speaking of Heracleon the
Berœan, who was promoted to honour by that king Antiochus who was
surnamed Grypus, and who very nearly turned his benefactor out of his
kingdom, he writes as follows in the fourth book of his Histories: "He
also gave entertainments to the soldiers, making them sit down on the
ground in the open air by thousands: and the entertainment consisted of
large loaves and meat; and their drink was any sort of wine that could
be got, mingled with cold water. And they were waited on by men girded
with swords, and there was an orderly silence throughout the whole

Again, in his second book, he says--"In the city of the Romans when they
feast in the temple of Hercules, when a general who is celebrating a
triumph furnishes the entertainment, the whole preparation of the
banquet is of a Herculean character; for honey-wine is served out to the
guests as wine, and the food consists of huge loaves, and smoked meat
boiled, and also, great abundance of roast meat from the victims which
have been lately slain. But among the Etruscans luxurious tables are
spread twice a-day; and couches embroidered with flowers, and silver
drinking cups of every sort. And a great number of well-appointed slaves
is at hand, dressed in expensive garments." And Timæus, in the first
book of his Histories, says that all the female servants in that nation
always wait at table naked till they are quite grown up.

39. And Megasthenes, in the second book of his Indian History,
says--"Among the Indians at a banquet a table is set before each
individual; and it is like a sideboard or beaufet; and on the table is
placed a golden dish, in which they throw first of all boiled rice, just
as if a person were going to boil groats, and then they add many sorts
of meat dressed after the Indian fashion."

But the Germans, as Posidonius relates in his thirtieth book, eat for
dinner meat roasted in separate joints; and they drink milk and unmixed
wine. And some of the tribes of the Campanians practise single combat at
their drinking parties. But Nicolaus of Damascus, one of the
philosophers of the Peripatetic school, in the hundred-and-tenth book
of his History, relates that the Romans at their feasts practise single
combats, writing as follows--"The Romans used to exhibit spectacles of
single combats, not only in their public shows and in their theatres,
having derived the custom from the Etruscans, but they did so also at
their banquets. Accordingly, people often invited their friends to an
entertainment, promising them, in addition to other things, that they
should see two or three pairs of single combatants. And when they had
had enough of meat and drink, they then called in the combatants: and as
soon as one of them was killed, the guests clapped, being delighted at
the exhibition. And in one instance a man left it in his will that some
beautiful women, whom he had purchased as slaves, should engage in
single combat: and in another case a man desired that some youthful boys
whom he had loved should do so; but the people would not tolerate such
notorious proceedings, and declared the will invalid." And Eratosthenes
says, in the first book of his Catalogue of the Victors at Olympia, that
the Etruscans used to box to the music of the flute.

40. But Posidonius, in the third, and also in the twentieth book of his
Histories, says--"The Celtæ sometimes have single combats at their
entertainments. For being collected in arms, they go through the
exercise, and make feints at, and sometimes they even go so far as to
wound one another. And being irritated by this, if the bystanders do not
stop them, they will proceed even to kill one another. But in olden
times," he continues, "there was a custom that a hind quarter of pork
was put on the table, and the bravest man took it; and if any one else
laid claim to it, then the two rose up to fight till one of them was
slain. And other men in the theatre having received some silver or gold
money, and some even for a number of earthen vessels full of wine,
having taken pledges that the gifts promised shall really be given, and
having distributed them among their nearest connexions, have laid
themselves down on doors with their faces upwards, and then allowed some
bystander to cut their throats with a sword."

And Euphorion the Chalcidian, in his Historical Memorials, writes as
follows--"But among the Romans it is common for five minæ to be offered
to any one who chooses to take it, to allow his head to be cut off with
an axe, so that his heirs might receive the reward: and very often many
have returned their names as willing, so that there has been a regular
contest between them as to who had the best right to be beaten to

41. And Hermippus, in the first book of his treatise on Lawgivers,
asserts that the Mantineans were the original inventors of men to fight
in single combat, and that Demonax, one of their citizens, was the
original suggestor of such a course; and that the Cyreneans were the
next to follow their example. And Ephorus, in the sixth book of his
History, says--"The Mantineans and Arcadians were in the habit of
practising warlike exercises; and even to this day they call the
military dress and the ancient fashion of arming the Mantinean, as
having been invented by that people. And in addition to this, the
exercises of single combat were first invented in Mantinea, Demeas being
the original author of the invention. And that the custom of single
combatants was an ancient one, Aristophanes shows, when he speaks thus
in his Phœnissæ--

     And on the heroes twain, the sons of Œdipus,
     Has savage Mars descended; and they now
     Seek the arena dread of single combat.

And the word μονόμαχος appears not to be derived from the noun μάχη, but
rather from the verb μάχεσθαι. For as often as a word compounded of μάχη
ends in ος, as in the words σύμμαχος, πρωτόμαχος, ἐπίμαχος, ἀντίμαχος, and the
φιλόμαχος race of Perseus, spoken of by Pindar, then it is acuted on the
antepenultima; but when it has the acute accent on the penultima, then
the verb μάχεσθαι comes in; as is shown in the words πυγμάχος, ναυμάχος; in
the expression αὐτόν σε πυλαμάχε πρῶτον, in Stesichorus; and the nouns
ὁπλομάχος, τειχομάχος, πυργομάχος. But Posidippus the comic writer, in his
Pornoboscus, says--

     The man who never went to sea has never shipwreck'd been,
     But we have been more miserable than μονομαχοῦντες (gladiators
         in single combat).

And that even men of reputation and captains fought in single combat,
and did so in accordance with premeditated challenges, we have already
said in other parts of this discussion. And Diyllus the Athenian says,
in the ninth book of his Histories, that Cassander, when returning from
Bœotia, after he had buried the king and queen at Ægæ, and with them
Cynna the mother of Eurydice, and had paid them all the other honours to
which they were entitled, celebrated also a show of single combats, and
four of the soldiers entered the arena on that occasion.

43. But Demetrius the Scepsian, in the twelfth book of Trojan Array,
says, "that at the court of Antiochus the king, who was surnamed the
Great, not only did the friends of the king dance in arms at his
entertainments, but even the king himself did so. And when the turn to
dance came to Hegesianax the Alexandrian from the Troas, who wrote the
Histories, he rose up and said--'Do you wish, O king, to see me dance
badly, or would you prefer hearing me recite my own poems very well?'
Accordingly, being ordered rather to recite his poems, he sang the
praises of the king in such a manner, that he was thought worthy of
payment, and of being ranked as one of the king's friends for the time
to come. But Duris the Samian, in the seventeenth book of his Histories,
says that Polysperchon, though a very old man, danced whenever he was
drunk,--a man who was inferior to no one of the Macedonians, either as a
commander or in respect of his general reputation: but still that he put
on a saffron robe and Sicyonian sandals, and kept on dancing a long
time." But Agatharchides the Cnidian, in the eighth book of his History
of Asia, relates that the friends of Alexander the son of Philip once
gave an entertainment to the king, and gilded all the sweetmeats which
were to be served up in the second course. And when they wanted to eat
any of them, they took off the gold and threw that away with all the
rest which was not good to eat, in order that their friends might be
spectators of their sumptuousness, and their servants might become
masters of the gold. But they forget that, as Duris also relates, Philip
the father of Alexander, when he had a golden cup which was fifty
drachmas in weight, always took it to bed with him, and always slept
with it at his head. And Seleucus says, "that some of the Thracians at
their drinking parties play the game of hanging; and fix a round noose
to some high place, exactly beneath which they place a stone which is
easily turned round when any one stands upon it; and then they cast
lots, and he who draws the lot, holding a sickle in his hand, stands
upon the stone, and puts his neck into the halter; and then another
person comes and raises the stone, and the man who is suspended, when
the stone moves from under him, if he is not quick enough in cutting the
rope with his sickle, is killed; and the rest laugh, thinking his death
good sport."

43. This is what I had to say, my friends and messmates, O men far the
first of all the Greeks, being what I know concerning the banquets of
the ancients. But Plato the philosopher, in the first book of his
treatise on the Laws of Banquets, speaks in this manner, describing the
whole matter with the greatest accuracy--"And you would never see any
where in the country or in the cities which are under the dominion of
Lacedæmon, any drinking parties, nor any of their accompaniments, which
are calculated to excite as much pleasure as possible. Nor is there any
one who would not at once impose as heavy a fine as possible on any one
whom he met carrying his revely to the degree of drunkenness; and he
would not even excuse him if he had the pretext of the Dionysiac
festival of Bacchus. As I have known to be the case among you, in the
case of men carried in carriages, and at Tarentum among our own
colonists, where I have seen the whole city drunk at the time of the
Dionysiac festival. But at Lacedæmon nothing of the sort ever takes

44. And Cynulcus said on this,--I only wish that you had played at that
Thracian game and been hanged yourself. For you have kept us in suspense
till we are almost famished, as if we were waiting for the rising star,
till which arises, those who have invented this beautiful philosophy say
that it is unlawful to taste of any food at all. But I, wretched man
that I am, according to the words of Diphilus the comic poet--

     Am almost become a mullet from the extremity of hunger.

And you yourselves also have forgotten those admirable verses of the
poet, who said--

     For it is not a bad thing to eat supper at a proper season.

And the admirable Aristophanes has said in his Cocalus--

     But it is now, O father, altogether noon,
     When it is right for the young men to sup.

But for me it would be much better to sup as the men are represented as
supping in the banquet given by Parmeniscus the Cynic, than to come
hither and see everything carried round us as if we all had fevers. And
when we laughed at this, one of us said,--But my most excellent fellow,
do not grudge giving us the account of that Parmeniscean banquet. And
he, raising himself up, said--

     I swear to you most solemnly, my friends,

according to the words of the sweet Antiphanes, who, in the Woman given
in Marriage, said--

     I swear to you, O men, by the god himself,
     From whom the joys of drunkenness and wine
     Do come to mortal men, that I prefer
     This happy life which here is mine at present,
     To all the splendid pomp of king Seleucus.
     'Tis sweet to eat e'en lentils without fear,
     But sad to sleep on down in daily terror.

45. But Parmeniscus began in this manner--"Parmeniscus to Molpis,
greeting,--As I have often in my conversations with you talked about
illustrious invitations and entertainments, I am afraid lest you should
labour under such a plethora as to blame me; on which account I wish to
make you a partaker in the feast which was given by Cebes of Cyzicus.
Therefore, having first taken a drink of hyssop, come at the proper hour
to the feast. For at the time when the festival of Bacchus was being
celebrated at Athens, I went to sup with him; and I found six Cynics
sitting at table, and one dog-leader, Carneus the Megarian. But, as the
supper was delayed, a discussion arose, what water is the sweetest. And
while some were praising the water of Lerna, and some that of Pirene,
Carneus, imitating Philoxenus, said--That is the best water which is
poured over our hands. So then when the tables were laid we went to

     And much pulse porridge then we ate, but more did still flow in.

Then again lentils were brought on the table steeped in vinegar; and
that child of Jupiter laid his hands on them and said--

     Jove, may the man who made these lentils grow,
     Never escape thy notice or thy memory.

And then some one else immediately cried out--

     May a lentil deity and a lentil fate seize you.

But to me may there be, according to the words of the comic poet
Diphilus, which he uses in his Peliades--

     _A._ A flowery supper very sumptuous,
          A bowl quite full of pulse for every man.

     _B._ That first part is not flowery.

                                          _A._ After that
          Let a saperdes dance into the middle,
          A little strong to smell.

                                    _B._ That is a flower
          Which soon will drive the thrushes all away.

And as a great laugh arose, immediately that spoon of the theatre
Melissa came in, and that dogfly Nicium, each of them being a courtesan
of no small renown: and so they, looking on what was set upon the table
and admiring it, laughed. And Nicium said,--Is not there one of all you
men so proud of your beards that eats fish? Is it because your ancestor
Meleager the Gadarean, in his poem entitled the Graces, said that Homer,
being a Syrian by birth, represented the ancients as abstaining from
fish in accordance with the custom of his own country, although there
was a great abundance of them in the Hellespont? Or have you ever read
that one treatise of his which embraces a comparison between peas and
lentils? for I see that you have made a great preparation of lentils.
And when I see it, I should advise you, according to the rules of
Antisthenes the pupil of Socrates, to relieve yourselves of life if you
stick to such food as this. And Carneus replied to her--Euxitheus the
Pythagorean, O Nicium, as Clearchus the Peripatetic tells us, in the
second book of his Lives, said that the souls of all men were bound in
the body, and in the life which is on earth, for the sake of punishment;
and that God has issued an edict that if they do not remain there until
he voluntarily releases them himself, they shall fall into more numerous
and more important calamities. On which account all men, being afraid of
those threatenings of the gods, fear to depart from life by their own
act, but only gladly welcome death when he comes in old age, trusting
that that deliverance of the soul then takes place with the full consent
of those who have the power to sanction it. And this doctrine we
ourselves believe. But I have no objection, replied she, to your
selecting one of three evils, if you please. For do you not know, O
wretched men, that these heavy kinds of food shut in the dominant
principle of the soul, and do not allow wisdom to exist unimpaired in

46. Accordingly Theopompus, in the fifth book of his History of the
Actions of Philip, says--"For to eat much, and to eat meat, takes away
the reasoning powers, and makes the intellect slower, and fills a man
with anger, and harshness, and all sorts of folly." And the admirable
Xenophon says, that it is sweet to a hungry man to eat barley-cakes and
cardamums, and sweet to a thirsty man to draw water out of the river and
drink it. But Socrates was often caught walking in the depth of evening
up and down before his house; and to those who asked him what he was
doing there, he used to reply that he was getting a relish for supper.
But we shall be satisfied with whatever portion we receive from you, and
we are not angry as if we received less than we ought, like the Hercules
in Anticlides. For he says, in the second book of his Returns--"After
Hercules had accomplished his labours, when Eurystheus was solemnizing
some sacrificial feast, he also was invited. And when the sons of
Eurystheus were setting before each one of the company his proper
portion, but placing a meaner one before Hercules, Hercules, thinking
that he was being treated with indignity, slew three of the sons,
Perimedes, Eurybius, and Eurypylus." But we are not so irascible, even
though in all other points we are imitators of Hercules.


     For lentils are a tragic food,

said Archagathus . . . . to have written; which also

     Orestes ate when he had recover'd from his sickness,

as Sophilus the comic writer says. But it is a Stoic doctrine, that the
wise man will do everything well, and will be able to cook even lentils
cleverly. On which account Timon the Phliasian said--

     And a man who knows not how to cook a lentil wisely.

As if a lentil could not be boiled in any other way except according to
the precepts of Zeno, who said--

     Add to the lentils a twelfth part of coriander.

And Crates the Theban said--

     Do not prefer a dainty dish to lentils,
     And so cause factious quarrels in our party.

And Chrysippus, in his treatise on the Beautiful, quoting some
apophthegms to us, says--

     Eat not an olive when you have a nettle;
     But take in winter lentil-macaroni--
     Bah! bah!
     Lentil-macaroni's like ambrosia in cold weather.

And the witty Aristophanes said, in his Gerytades--

     You're teaching him to boil porridge or lentils.

And, in his Amphiaraus--

     You who revile the lentil, best of food.

And Epicharmus says, in his Dionysi--

     And then a dish of lentils was boil'd up.

And Antiphanes says, in his Women like one another--

     Things go on well. Do you now boil some lentils,
     Or else at least now teach me who you are.

And I know that a sister of Ulysses, the most prudent and wisest of men,
was called Φακῆ (lentil), the same whom some other writers call Callisto,
as Mnaseas of Patra relates, in the third book of his History of the
Affairs of Europe, and as Lysimachus also tells us, in the third book of
his Returns.

48. And when Plutarch had burst into a violent fit of laughter at this,
the Cynic, who could not endure to have his extensive learning on the
subject of lentils disregarded, said--"But all you fine gentlemen from
Alexandria, O Plutarch, are fed from your childhood on lentils; and your
whole city is full of things made of lentils: which are mentioned by
Sopater the lentil parodist, in his drama entitled Bacchis, where he
speaks as follows:--

     I could not bear to eat a common loaf,
     Seeing a large high brazen pile of lentils.

For, what is there of which mortals have need, (according to your own
idol, Euripides, O you most learned of men,) except two things only,

     The corn of Ceres and a draught of water?
     And they are here, and able to support us.
     But we are not with plenty such as this
     Contented, but are slaves to luxury
     And such contrivances of other food.

And in another place that dramatic philosopher says--

     The moderate fare shall me content
     Of a plain modest table;
     And I will never seek nor e'en admit
     Whatever is out of season and superfluous.

And Socrates said that he differed from other men in this, that they
lived that they might eat, but he ate that he might live. And Diogenes
said to those who accused him of scratching himself,--I wish I could
scratch my stomach, so as to rub all poverty and want out of it. And
Euripides, in his Suppliant Women, says of Capaneus--

     This man is Capaneus, a man who had
     Abundant riches, but no pride therefrom
     Lodged in his, more than in a poor man's bosom.
     But those who boasted of their luxury
     He blamed, and praised the contented spirit.
     For virtue did not, as he said, consist
     In eating richly, but in moderation.

49. Capaneus was not, as it seems, such as the honest Chrysippus
describes, in his treatise On those things which are not eligible for
their own sakes. For he speaks in this manner:--"Some men apply
themselves with such eagerness to the pursuit of money, that it is even
related, that a man once, when near his end, swallowed a number of
pieces of gold, and so died. Another person sewed a quantity of money
into a tunic, and put it on, and then ordered his servants to bury him
in that dress, neither burning his body, nor stripping it and laying it
out." For these men and all like them may almost be said, as they die,
to cry out--

     Oh gold, the choicest of all gifts to men!
     For no fond mother does such raptures know,
     Nor children in the house, nor any father,
     Such as do flow from you, and are enjoy'd
     By those who own you. If like yours the face
     Of Venus, when she rose up from the sea,
     No wonder that she has ten thousand lovers.

Such great thirst for money was there among the men of that time,
concerning which Anacharsis, when some one asked him what the Greeks
used money for? said, To count with. But Diogenes, in his treatise on
Polity, proposed to establish a law that bits of bone should be taken as
coins; and well too has Euripides said--

     Speak not of wealth; that god I worship not,
     Who comes with ease into a bad man's power.

And Chrysippus, in his elementary work, which is entitled, A Treatise on
Good and Evil Things, says that "a certain young man from Ionia came to
sojourn at Athens, clothed in a purple robe having golden fringes; and
when some one asked of him what countryman he was, he replied that he
was rich. And, perhaps, it may be the very same person whom Alexis
mentions in his Thebans, where he says--

     _A._ But from what country does this person come?

     _B._ From Richland; and by general consent
          The natives of that land are counted noble;
          Nor can one find a noble beggar anywhere.

50. When Cynulcus had said this, and when no one applauded him, he got
out of temper; and said,--But since these men, O you master of the
feast, are made so uncomfortable by a diarrhœa of words as to feel no
hunger; or perhaps, it may be that they laugh at what is said about
lentils, (having in their mind what is said by Pherecrates, in his

     _A._ Come now, I'll sit me down; and bring me here,
          O slave, a table, and a cup of wine,
          That I may eat to flavour what I drink.

     _B._ Here is a cup, a table, and some lentils.

     _A._ No lentils bring to me, I like them not:
          For if one eats them, they do taint the breath.)--

Since then, on this account, these wise men guard against the lentils,
at all events cause some bread to be given to us, with a little plain
food; no expensive dishes, but any of those vulgar lentils, if you have
them, or what is called lentil soup. And when every one laughed,
especially at the idea of the lentil soup, he said, You are very
ignorant men, you feasters, never having read any books, which are the
only things to instruct those who desire what is good. I mean the books
of the Silli of Timon the Pyrrhonian. For he it is who speaks of lentil
soup, in the second book of his Silli, writing as follows:--

     The Teian barley-cakes do please me not,
     Nor e'en the Lydian sauces: but the Greeks,
     And their dry lentil soup, delight me more
     Than all that painful luxury of excess.

For though the barley-cakes of Teos are preeminently good, (as also are
those from Eretria, as Sopater says, in his Suitors of Bacchis, where he

     We came to Eretria, for its white meal famed;)

and also, the Lydian sauces; still Timon prefers the lentil soup to both
of them put together.

51. To this our admirable entertainer, Laurentius himself, replied,
saying,--O you men who drive the dogs, according to the Jocasta of
Strattis, the comic poet, who in the play entitled The Phœnician
Women, is represented as saying--

     I wish to give you both some good advice:
     When you boil lentils, pour no perfume o'er them.

And Sopater, too, whom you were mentioning just now, in his Descent to
Hell, speaks in these terms:--

     Ulysses, king of Ithaca--'Tis perfume
     On lentils thrown: courage, my noble soul!

And Clearchus the Peripatetic philosopher, in his treatise on Proverbs,
gives the saying, "Perfume thrown on lentils;" as a proverb which my
grandfather Varro also mentions, he, I mean, who was nicknamed
Menippius. And many of the Roman grammarians, who have not had much
intercourse with many Greek poets or historians, do not know where it is
that Varro got his Iambic from. But you seem to me, O Cynulcus, (for you
delight in that name, not using the name by which your mother has called
you from your birth,) according to your friend Timon, to be a noble and
great man, not knowing that the lentil soup obtained mention from the
former Epicharmus, in his Festival, and in his Islands, and also from
Antiphanes the comic poet; who, using the diminutive form, has spoken of
it in his Wedding, under the following form of expression--

     A little lentil soup (κόγχιον), a slice of sausage.

And Magnus immediately taking up the conversation, said,--The most
universally excellent Laurentius has well and cleverly met this hungry
dog on the subject of the lentil soup. But I, like to the Galatians of
the Paphian Sopater, among whom it is a custom whenever they have met
with any eminent success in war to sacrifice their prisoners to the

     I too, in imitation of those men,
     Have vow'd a fiery sacrifice to the gods--
     Three of these secretly enroll'd logicians.
     And now that I have heard your company
     Philosophise and argue subtlely,
     Persisting firmly, I will bring a test,
     A certain proof of all your arguments:
     First smoking you. And if then any one
     When roasted shrinks and draws away his leg,
     He shall be sold to Zeno for his master
     For transportation, as bereft of wisdom.

52. For I will speak freely to them. If you are so fond of contentment,
O philosopher, why do you not admire those disciples of Pythagoras,
concerning whom Antiphanes says, in his Monuments--

     Some miserable Pythagoreans came
     Gnawing some salt food in a deep ravine,
     And picking up such refuse in a wallet.

And in the play which is especially entitled the Wallet, he says--

     First, like a pupil of Pythagoras,
     He eats no living thing, but peels some husks
     Of barley which he's bought for half an obol,
     Discolour'd dirty husks, and those he eats.

And Alexis says, in his Tarentines--

     For, as we hear, the pupils of Pythagoras
     Eat no good meat nor any living thing,
     And they alone of men do drink no wine.
     But Epicharides will bitches eat;
     The only one of all the sect; but then
     He kills them first, and says they are not living.

And proceeding a little farther, he says--

     _A._ Shreds of Pythagoras and subtleties
          And well-fill'd thoughts are their sufficient food.
          Their daily meals are these--a simple loaf
          To every man, and a pure cup of water.
          And this is all.

                           _B._ You speak of prison fare.

     _A._ This is the way that all the wise men live.
          These are the hardships that they all endure.

     _B._ Where do they live in such a way?

                                            _A._ Yet they procure
          Dainties after their sort for one another;
          Know you not Melanippides and Phaon,
          Phyromachus and Phanus are companions?
          And they together sup on each fifth day
          On one full cotyla of wheaten meal.

And, in his Female Pythagorean, he says--

     _A._ The banquet shall be figs and grapes and cheese,
          For these the victims are which the strict law
          Allows Pythagoras' sect to sacrifice.

     _B._ By Jove, as fine a sacrifice as possible.

And a few lines afterwards, he says--

     One must for a short time, my friend, endure
     Hunger, and dirt, and cold, and speechlessness,
     And sullen frowns, and an unwashen face.

53. But you, my philosophical friends, practise none of these things.
But what is far worse than any of them, you talk about what you do not
in the least understand; and, as if you were eating in an orderly
manner, you take in mouthfuls like the man in that sweet poet
Antiphanes; for he says, in his Runaway Slave-catcher--

     Taking a moderate mouthful, small outside,
     But large within his hand, as women do.

And in the same way you eat a great deal and eat very fast; when it is
in your power, according to the words of the same poet which he uses in
the Thombycius, "to buy for a single drachma food well suited to you,
such as garlic, cheese, onions, and capers; for all these only cost a
drachma." And Aristophanes says, in his Pythagoreans--

     What? do we think, I ask you in God's name,
     That these philosophers of olden time,
     The pupils of Pythagoras, went thus
     In dirt and rags all of their own accord?
     I don't believe one word of such a thing.
     No; they were forced to do so, as they had not
     A single farthing to buy clothes or soap.
     And then they made a merit of economy,
     And laid down rules, most splendid rules for beggars.
     But only put before them fish or meat;
     And if they do not their own fingers bite
     For very eagerness, I will be bound
     To let you hang me ten times over.

And it is not foreign to the present discussion to mention an epigram
which was made with reference to you, which Hegesander the Delphian has
quoted, in the sixth book of his Commentaries--

     Men drawing up your eyebrows, and depressing
     Your scornful nostrils till they reach the chin,
     Wearing your beards in sacks, strippers of dishes,
     Wearing your cloak outside, with unshod feet
     Looking like oil, and eating stealthily
     Like hungry vagrants 'neath night's friendly cover,
     Cheaters of youth, spouters of syllables,
     Pretenders to vain wisdom, but pretending
     To make your only object Virtue's self.

54. But Archestratus of Gela, in his treatise on Gastronomy, (which is
the only poetical composition which you wise men admire; following
Pythagoras in this doctrine alone, namely silence, and doing this only
because of your want of words; and besides that, you profess to think
well of the Art of Love of Sphodrias the Cynic, and the Amatory
Conversation of Protagorides, and the Convivial Dialogues of that
beautiful philosopher Persæus, compiled out of the Commentaries of
Stilpon and Zeno, in which he inquires, How one may guard against guests
at a banquet going to sleep; and, How one ought to use drinking of
healths; and, When one ought to introduce beautiful boys and girls into
a banquet; and when one ought to treat them well as if they were
admired, and when one ought to send them away as disregarding them; and
also, concerning various kinds of cookery, and concerning loaves, and
other things; and all the over-subtle discussions in which the son of
Sophroniscus has indulged concerning kissing. A philosopher who was
continually exercising his intellect on such investigations as these,
being entrusted, as Hermippus relates, with the citadel of Corinth by
Antigonus, got drunk and lost even Corinth itself, being outwitted and
defeated by Aratus the Sicyonian; who formerly had argued in his
Dialogues against Zeno the philosopher, contending that a wise man would
in every respect be a good general; and this excellent pupil of Zeno
proved this especial point admirably by his own achievements. For it was
a witty saying of Bion the Borysthenite, when he saw a brazen statue of
his, on which was the inscription, PERSÆUS OF CITIUM, THE PUPIL OF ZENO,
that the man who engraved the inscription had made a blunder, for that
it ought to have been, Persæus the servant (οἰκιτίεα not κιτίεα) of Zeno;
for he had been born a slave of Zeno, as Nicias of Nicæa relates, in
his History of Philosophers; and this is confirmed by Sotion the
Alexandrian, in his Successions. And I have met with two books of that
admirable work of Persæus, which have this title, "Convivial Dialogues."

55. But Ctesibius the Chalcidian, the friend of Menedemus, as Antigonus
the Carystian relates in his Lives, being asked by somebody, What he had
ever got by philosophy? replied, The power of getting a supper without
contributing to it himself. On which account Timon somewhere or other
said to him--

     Oh you mad dinner hunter, with the eyes
     Of a dead corpse, and heart both bold and shameless.

And Ctesibius was a man who made very good guesses, and was a very witty
man, and a sayer of amusing things; on which account every one used to
invite him to their parties; he was not a man like you, you Cynic, who
never sacrificed to the Graces, nor even to the Muses. And therefore
Virtue avoiding you, and all like you, sits by Pleasure, as Mnasalces,
the Sicyonian says, in his Epigrams--

     Here I most miserable Virtue sit
     By Pleasure's side, and cut my hair for grief,
     Crush'd in my spirit; for profane Delight
     Is judged by all my better, and my chief.

And Baton the comic writer says in his Homicide--

     Now I invite those moderate philosophers,
     Who ne'er allow themselves a single pleasure,
     Who keep on looking for the one wise man
     In all their walks and conversations,
     As if he were a slave who'd run away.
     O wretched man, why, when you have a ticket,
     Will you refuse to drink? Why dost thou now
     Do so much wrong to the Gods? why dost thou make
     Money of greater value than the rate
     Which nature puts on it? You drink but water,
     And so must be a worthless citizen;
     For so you cheat the farmer and the merchant;
     But I by getting drunk increase their trade.
     Then you at early dawn bear round a cruet,
     Seeking for oil, so that a man must think
     You have an hour-glass with you, not a bottle.)

56. However, Archestratus, as I was saying before this long digression,
whom you praise as equal to Homer, because of his praises of the
stomach--though your friend Timon says of the stomach,

     Than which no part more shameless can be found--

when speaking of the Sea-dog, writes as follows:--

     There are but few so happy as to know
     This godlike food, nor do men covet it
     Who have the silly souls of common mortals.
     They fear because it is an animal
     Which living preys on man. But every fish
     Loves human flesh, if it can meet with it.
     So that 'tis fit that all who talk such nonsense
     Should be confined to herbs, and should be sent
     To Diodorus the philosopher
     And starve, and so pythagorize with him.

But this Diodorus was by birth an Aspendian; but desiring to be thought
a Pythagorean, he lived after the fashion of you Cynics, letting his
hair grow, being dirty, and going barefoot. On which account some people
fancied that it was an article of the Pythagorean creed to let the hair
grow, which was in reality a fashion introduced by Diodorus, as
Hermippus asserts. But Timæus of Tauromenium, in the ninth book of his
Histories, writes thus concerning him--"Diodorus, who was by birth an
Aspendian, introduced a novel fashion of dress, and pretended to
resemble the Pythagoreans. Stratonicus wrote and sent a messenger to
him, desiring him who carried the message to seek out a disciple of
Pythagoras who kept the portico crowded by his insane vagaries about
dress, and his insolence. And Sosicrates, in the third book of the
Succession of Philosophers, relates that Diodorus used to wear a long
beard, and a worn-out cloak, and to keep his hair long, indulging in
these fashions out of a vain ostentation. For that the Pythagoreans
before him wore very handsome clothes, and used baths, and perfumes, and
hair of the ordinary length.

57. And if you in reality, O philosopher, do admire contentment and
moderation in your feasts, why is it that you have come hither without
being invited? Did you come as to a house of intemperance, in order to
learn to make a catalogue of a cook's instruments? or in order to spout
some verses of Cepholion the Athenian? For according to the Cedalion of
Sophocles, you are

     A branded lot, all knaves and parasites.

And he says that you philosophers always have your minds set upon
banquets; and that you think it constantly necessary to ask for
something to eat or to devour some Cynic food. For there is no need for
our picking our phrases. And all this is plain from what Alexis relates
in his book which is entitled Linus: and in that he supposes Hercules to
have been educated by Linus, and to have been ordered by him to select
any one out of a number of books that were at hand to read. And he
having taken a cookery-book in his hand, retained it with great
eagerness. And Linus then speaks to him in the following terms--

     _Lin._ Come here, and take whatever book you please,
            And read it carefully, when you have scann'd
            The titles, and the subject well consider'd.
            There's Orpheus here, and Hesiod, and plays,
            Chœrilus, Homer, Epicharmus too,
            All sorts of works. For thus your choice will show me
            Your nature, and your favourite pursuit.

     _Her._ I will take this.

                              _Lin._ First show me what it is.

     _Her._ A cookery book, as says the title-page.

     _Lin._ You're a philosopher, that's very plain,
            Who passing over all these useful books,
            Choose out the art of Simus.

                                         _Her._ Who is Simus?

     _Lin._ A very clever man; now he has turn'd
            To tragic studies; and of all the actors
            Is the most skilful cook, as those who eat
            His dishes do declare. And of all cooks
            By far the cleverest actor.

                                        _Her._ He's a man
            Of noble appetite; say what you wish;
            For be of this assured, that I am hungry.

58. When Magnus had run through these quotations, Cynulcus, looking at
the philosophers who were present, said--

     Have you seen the Thasian brine,[264:1] and heard how he does bark?
     How speedily the fellow did revenge himself, and thoroughly;
     It does not seem a case of one blind speaking to a deaf man:

as Cratinus says, in his Archilochi. For he, forgetting before what a
tribunal he was making an exhibition of his fine iambics, read his
colabri with his natural greediness, and at the same time with his usual
elegance of expression, and

     Melodies out of time, and tuneless cymbals:

and after all this fine ignorant stupidity, he goes round to people's
houses, seeking out where any handsome banquet is prepared, carrying his
conduct to a length even beyond the Athenian Chærephon, of whom Alexis
says in his Fugitive--

     That Chærephon has always got some trick,
     And now he's looking for some feast to share
     Where he himself will not be call'd upon
     For any contribution. For wheresoever
     A pot, such as is let to cooks, does stand,
     Thither he goeth at the earliest dawn;
     And if he sees one come to hire it
     For any feast, he asks the cook the name
     Of him who gives the feast, and then as soon
     As the door opens, in he walks the first.

But this man has no hesitation, like the excellent Magnus, even to make
excursions quite beyond the boundaries for the sake of his stomach, as
Alexis said in his Men who Died together--

     Chærephon comes to Corinth for a supper,
     Though he has never had an invitation;
     But still he flies across the sea, so sweet
     It is to eat of what another pays for.

And Theopompus, in his Ulysses, says--

     Well said Euripides, "It is not bad
     For a rich man to dine at other's cost."

59. And when all laughed at this, Ulpian said, Whence do the
voluptuaries who talk so loosely get all their elegance of expression?
And Cynulcus replied, But, O you well-seasoned little pig, Phrynichus
the Cynic poet, in his Ephialtes, mentions "the elegant speaker" in
these terms:--

     It is the hardest work of all to guard against such men;
     For they do carry always at their finger's end a sting,
     The misanthropic flower of youth; and then they fawn on all
     With carefully selected sweetness of expression,
     Always the forum haunting when the citizens are seated;
     And then they lacerate with wounds severe and unexpected
     Those whom they have been fawning on, and hide themselves and

And the word χαριτογλωσσεῖν (to speak so as to please) is used by
Æschylus in the Prometheus Vinctus--

     You shall know this for true; nor is it mine

And when Ulpian said again, But what, my friends, is meant by cooks'
instruments? for these things were mentioned, and were thought worthy of
being enumerated in the Arcadian banquets: and also where is the word
ἀσώτιον (abode of luxury) to be found? For I know that the adjective
ἄσωτος is common enough. And Alexis speaks of a luxurious extravagant man
in his Cnidia, saying--

     Diodorus, most extravagant of men,
     In two brief years did make his patrimony
     Into a football, with such headlong speed
     Did he devour everything.

And again, in the Phædrus, he says--

     You tell me of a very slow proceeding;
     For in five days the little Epicharides
     Made ducks and drakes of all his father's property,
     So quickly and entirely did he swallow it.

60. And Ctesippus the son of Chabrias carried his extravagance and
intemperance to such a height, that he sold even the stones of his
father's tomb, on which the Athenians had spent a thousand drachmæ, to
furnish means for his luxury. And accordingly Diphilus says in his Men
offering Sacrifices to the Dead--

     If Chabrias's son, the young Ctesippus,
     Had not become a friend of Phædimus,
     I should have brought a wholesome law forward
     To cause his father's monument to be finished.
     That each of all the citizens should give
     A stone of size to fill a waggon, and
     I say that that would not be much for him.

And Timocles, in his Demosatyri, says--

     Ctesippus, the fine son of Chabrias,
     Has ceased to shave himself three times a-day.
     A great man among women, not with men.

And Menander, in his "Anger," says this of him--

     And I too once was a young man, O woman,
     Nor did I then five several times a-day
     Bathe, as I now do bathe; nor at that time
     Had I a soft cloak, such as now I have,
     Nor such perfumes as now; now I will paint myself,
     And pluck my hair, by Jove. Aye, I will be
     Ctesippus, not a man; and in brief time
     I too, like him, will eat up all the stones,
     For I'll not be content with earth alone.

And perhaps it was on account of this extravagant luxury and debauchery
that Demosthenes has handed down his name in his treatise on Immunities.
But those who have devoured their patrimony ought to be punished in such
a way as this, like the Nauclerus of Menander. For Menander says--

     O dearest mother of all mortals, Earth,
     How kind you are to all possess'd of sense;
     How worthy of all honour! Sure that man
     Who like a spendthrift eats his patrimony,
     Should be condemn'd to sail about for ever
     And never reach the shore; that he might feel
     To what great good he'd been insensible.

61. And Axionicus speaks of a certain Pythodelus as a very intemperate
man, in his Etrurian, saying--

     Here Pythodelus comes, who is surnamed
     Isoballion, greediest of men,
     And on his steps does follow that wise woman
     Ischas, bearing a drum, and very drunk.

And Anaxandrides attacks Polyeuctus, turning him into ridicule in the
comedy called Tereus--

     _A._ You shall be call'd a bird.

                                      _B._ Why so, by Vesta?
          Is it because I ate my patrimony
          Like that most fashionable Polyeuctus?

     _A._ No, but because you, though you were a man,
          Were torn in pieces by the women so.

And Theopompus, in the tenth book of his account of the Exploits of
Philip, (a book from which some separate the conclusion, in which there
is the mention made of the demagogues at Athens,) says that Eubulus the
demagogue was an intemperate man. And he uses the following
expressions--"And he so far exceeded the whole nation of the Tarentines
in luxury and extravagance, that this latter is only immoderate in its
indulgence in feasts; but he spent on his luxury even the revenues of
the Athenian people. But Callistratus," he continues, "the son of
Callicrates, who was himself also a demagogue, was very intemperate in
his pleasures, but still he was very attentive to the business of the
state." And speaking of the Tarentines, in the fifty-second book of his
Histories, he writes as follows--"The city of the Tarentines sacrifices
oxen nearly every month, and celebrates public festivals; and the chief
body of private individuals is always occupied in banquets and drinking
parties. And the Tarentines hold some such language as this: That other
men, because they are fond of personal exertion, and because they devote
themselves to actual labour, prepare their subsistence in this way for
the future: but that they, by means of their banquets and pleasures, are
not about to live, but are living already."

62. But concerning the intemperance and general habits and life of
Philip and his companions, Theopompus gives the following account, in
the forty-ninth book of his Histories--"When Philip became master of
great treasures, he did not spend them quickly, but he threw them away
and squandered them; being of all the men that ever lived, not only the
worst manager himself, but all those who were about him were so too. For
absolutely not one of them had any idea of living properly, or of
managing his household with moderation. And of that he himself was the
cause, being a most insatiable and extravagant man, doing everything in
an offhand manner, whether he was acquiring property or giving it away.
For though he was a soldier, he was unable, out of pure laziness, to
count what he had coming in and what he spent. And then his companions
were men collected together from all quarters; for some of them came
from his own country, and some from Thessaly, and some from other parts
of Greece, not being selected with any care; but if among either Greeks
or barbarians there was any lascivious, or impure, or avaricious man, he
had almost every one of the same character assembled in Macedonia, and
they were all called friends of Philip. And even if any one came who was
not entirely of that disposition, still under the influence of the life
and manners of the Macedonians, he very soon became like the rest. For
their wars, and military expeditions, and other great expenses,
encouraged them to be audacious, and to live, not in an orderly manner,
but after a prodigal fashion and like robbers."

63. But Duris, in the seventh book of his History of the Affairs of
Macedonia, speaking of Pasicyprus the king of Cyprus, and of his
intemperate habits, writes as follows--"Alexander, after the siege of
Tyre, dismissed Pnytagoras, and gave him many presents, and among them
he gave him the fortified place which he asked for. And that very place
Pasicyprus the king had previously sold, in a luxurious freak, for fifty
talents, to Pymatus the Cittiæan, selling him both the fortress itself
and his own royal authority over it. And when he had received the money
he grew old in Amathus." Such also was Æthiops the Corinthian, as
Demetrius the Scepsian relates, of whom mention is made by Archilochus;
"for he, out of his love of pleasure and intemperance, sailing with
Archias to Sicily when he was about to found Syracuse, sold to his
messmate for a cake of honey the lot which he had just drawn, and was
about to take possession of in Syracuse."

64. But Demetrius carried his extravagance to such a height, he, I mean,
who was the descendant of Demetrius Phalereus, according to the account
of Hegesander, that he had Aristagora the Corinthian for a mistress, and
lived in a most expensive manner. And when the Areopagitæ summoned him
before them, and ordered him to live more decorously--"But even now,"
said he, "I live like a gentleman, for I have a most beautiful mistress,
and I do no wrong to any one, and I drink Chian wine, and I have a
sufficiency of everything, as my own revenues suffice for all these
expenses. And I do not live as some of you do, corrupted by bribes
myself, and intriguing with other men's wives." And hereupon he
enumerated some who acted in this manner by name. And Antigonus the
king, having heard this, made him a thesmothete. And he, being an
hipparch at the Panathenæa, erected a seat close to the statues of
Mercury for Aristagora, higher than the Mercuries themselves. And when
the mysteries were celebrated at Eleusis, he placed a seat for her close
to the temple, saying that those who endeavoured to hinder him should
repent it.

65. But Phanodemus, and also Philochorus, have related that in former
times the judges of the Areopagus used to summon before them and to
punish profligate and extravagant men, and those who had no ostensible
means of living: and many others have told the same story. At all
events, those judges sent for Menedemus and Asclepiades the philosophers
when they were young men and poor, and asked them how they managed to
look so sleek and comfortable when they spent the whole day idling with
philosophers, and had no property. And they replied that some one of the
men about the mill had better be sent for. And when he came and said
that they came every night to the mill and threshed and ground the corn,
and each earned two drachmæ, the judges of the Areopagus marvelled, and
presented them with two hundred drachmæ as a reward.

And the citizens of Abdera brought Democritus to trial, on the ground
that he had wasted the estate which he had inherited from his father.
And when he had read to them his Great World, and his treatise
concerning the Things in the Shades below, and had said that he had
spent it on these works, he was discharged.

66. But those men who are not so luxurious, as Amphis says--

     Drink two entire days in every day,
     Shaking their heads through their too mighty draughts.

And according to Diphilus--

     Having three heads, like to Diana's statue.

Being enemies to their own estate, as Satyrus in his treatise on
Characters said, running through their land, tearing to pieces and
plundering their own houses, selling their own property as if it were
the spoils of the enemy, considering not what has been spent, but what
will be spent, and not what will remain afterwards, but what will not
remain, having spent beforehand in their youth the money which ought to
have carried them safely through old age, rejoicing in companionship,
not in companions, and in their wine, and not in those who drink it with
them. But Agatharchides the Corinthian, in the twenty-eighth book of his
Commentary on the Affairs of Europe, says "that Gnosippus, who was a
very luxurious and extravagant man in Sparta, was forbidden by the
Ephori to hold intercourse with the young men." And among the Romans, it
is related, according to the statement of Posidonius, in the forty-ninth
book of his Histories, that there was a man named Apicius who went
beyond all other men in intemperance. This is that Apicius who was the
cause of banishment to Rutilius, who wrote the history of the Romans in
the Greek language. But concerning Apicius, the man, I mean, who is so
notorious for his extravagant luxury, we have already spoken in our
first book.

67. But Diogenes the Babylonian, in his treatise on Nobility of Birth,
says "that the son of Phocion, whose name was Phocus, was such a man
that there was not one Athenian who did not hate him. And whenever any
one met him they said to him, 'O you man who are a disgrace to your
family!' For he had expended all his patrimony on intemperance; and
after this he became a flatterer of the prefect of Munychia; on which
account he was again attacked and reproached by every one. And once,
when a voluntary contribution was being made, he came forward and said,
before the whole assembly, 'I, too, contribute my share.' And the
Athenians all with one accord cried out, 'Yes, to profligacy.' And
Phocus was a man very fond of drinking hard; and accordingly, when he
had conquered with horses at the Panathenæa, and when Sopater
entertained his companions at a banquet, the preparation was very
splendid, and foot-tubs full of wine and spices were set before all who
came in. And his father, seeing this, called Phocus, and said, 'Will you
not stop your companion from polluting your victory in this fashion?'"

And I know too of many other intemperate and extravagant, men, whom I
leave you to find out, with the exception of Callias the son of
Hipponicus, whom even the tutors of little children have heard of. But
concerning the others whom I have been a little hasty in mentioning, if
you have anything to say, I have the doors of my ears open. So speak;
for I want to know something.

Besides Magnus used the words ἐπεσθίειν and ἐπιφαγεῖν. And Æmilianus said,
you have the word ἀσώτιον used by Strattis, in his Chrysippus, where he

     He will not e'en have time to ease himself,
     Nor to turn to an ἀσώτιον, nor e'en,
     If a man meets him, to converse with him.

68. But the instruments used by a cook are enumerated by Anaxippus, in
his Harp-player, as follows:--

     Bring me a ladle and a dozen spits,
     A flesh-hook, and a mortar, and a cheese-scraper,
     A cylinder, three troughs, a knife, four choppers.
     Will you not, O man hated by the gods,
     Make haste and put the kettle on the fire?
     And are you now still dawdling at that dish?
     And with that largest chopper?

But Aristophanes calls the dish which we commonly call χύτρα, a κακκάβη,
in his play of the Women occupying the Tents; saying--

     Warm now the κακκάβη of the preceptor.

And, in his Daitaleis, he says--

     To bring the κακκάβη from thence.

And Antiphanes, in his Friend to the Thebans, says--

     We now have everything; for that fine eel
     From Thebes, a namesake of the one in-doors,
     Mingling within the hollow κακκάβη,
     Is warm, and leaps, is boiled, and bubbles up.

But Antiphanes calls a dish βατάνιον, in his Euthydicus--

     Then came a polypus all cut in pieces,
     And boiled ἐν βατανίοισιν.

And Alexis, in his Asclepioclides, says--

     But I when sojourning in Sicily,
     Learn'd to cook with such dexterity,
     That I make all the guests with eagerness
     Invade the dishes (βατάνια) with their teeth at times.

But Antiphanes spells the word with a π; writing it πατάνιον, in his

     Πατάνια, beet, and assafœtida,
     Dishes and candles, coriander and onions,
     And salt and olives, and round dishes too.

And Philetærus says, in his Œnopion--

     Here let the cook of dainty dishes (πατανίων) come.

And, in a subsequent passage, he says--

     He seems to have more pupils for his dishes
     Than even Stratonicus had.

And Antiphanes, in his Parasite, said this--

     _A._ Another bulky man, large as a table,
          And nobly born, will come besides this man.

     _B._ Whom do you mean?

                            _A._ A new Carystian,
          Born of the earth and warm.

                                      _B._ Tell me his name,
          Or else begone.

                          _A._ I mean a κάκκαβος,
          But you, perhaps, would call it merely dish.

     _B._ What do I care what name you give to it?
          Whether men like to call it κάκκαβος
          Or σίττυβος, I know the thing you mean.

But Eubulus, in his Ionian, uses both forms, both βατάνιον and πατάνιον,
where he says--

     Round dishes, and βατάνια, and caccabia,
     And lopadia, and πατάνια, in crowds
     Countless, I could not tell you half their names.

69. But Alexis made a catalogue of seasonings, in his play called the
Caldron, saying--

     _A._ Let me have no excuses, no "I have not."

     _B._ But tell me what you want--I will take all.

     _A._ Quite right. Go first of all and take some sesame.

     _B._ There's some within.

                               _A._ Take some grapes dried and cut,
          Some fennel, anise, assafœtida,
          Mustard and cabbage, some dry coriander,
          Sumach and cummin, capers, marjoram,
          Leeks, garlic, thyme, sage, seseli,
          Some new-made wine boil'd down, some rue and spinach.

And, in his Woman working all Night, or the Spinners, he introduces a
cook as saying--

     I must run round, and bawl for what I want;
     You'll call for supper when you home return,
     And I have got no vinegar, nor anise,
     Nor marjoram, nor fig-leaves, nor sweet oil,
     Nor almonds, nor the lees of new-made wine,
     Nor garlic, no, nor leeks, nor onions,
     No fire, no cummin seed, no salt, no eggs,
     No wood, no trough, no frying-pan, no rope;
     No pail, no cistern, neither well nor pitcher;
     Here I stand useless with but knife in hand,
     Girt and prepared for action all in vain.

And, in his Wicked Woman, he says--

     First of all take a dish of goodly size,
     And put in marjoram and pounded herbs,
     Steep'd to a fair extent in vinegar,
     Colour'd with new made wine, and flavoured with
     Plenty of potent assafœtida.

And Teleclides used the word ἐπεσθίειν, in his Prytanes, in this manner:--

     Τύριον ἐπεσθίοντα, eating cheese.

And Eupolis used the word ἐπιφαγεῖν in his Taxiarchs--

     Wishing to eat (ἐπιφαγεῖν) of nothing
     But just an onion and three pickled olives.

And Aristophanes, in his Plutus, says--

     Once, out of poverty, he ate up (ἐπήσθιεν) everything.

70. But there was another class of men somewhat different from the
cooks, called τραπεζοποιοὶ, setters out of tables. But what their office
was is plainly stated by Antiphanes, in his Sojourner--

     Hither I come, and bring this table-setter,
     Who soon shall wash the cloths, and trim the lamps,
     Prepare the glad libations, and do every thing
     Which to his office may pertain.

And it is worth inquiring whether the τραπεζοκόμος is the same person
as the τραπεζοποιός. For king Juba, in his treatise on Similitudes, says
that the τραπεζοκόμος is the same person who is called by the Romans
_structor_, quoting from the play of Alexander, which is entitled

     Now for to-morrow I must get a flute-player,
     A table-setter, and a workman too.
     This was my master's reason for despatching me
     On this commission from his country seat.

But they called him τραπεζοποιὸς who took care of the tables, and of
everything else which required order and good management. Philemon says,
in his "The Uninvited Guest"--

     There is no need of long deliberation
     About the kitchen, for the table-setter
     Is bound to look to that; that is his office.

They also used the word ἐπιτραπεζώματα, meaning by this the food which was
placed upon the table. Plato says, in the Menelaus--

     How little now is left of the ἐπιτραπεζώματα.

They also called the man who bought the meat, the Ἀγοραστὴς, but now they
call him ὀψωνάτωρ, an officer whom Xenophon mentions, in the second[274:1]
book of the Memorabilia, speaking thus:--"Could we expect to get a
steward and buyer of such a character for nothing?" But the same word is
used in a more general sense by Menander, in his Phanius--

     He was a thrifty and a moderate buyer (ἀγοραστής):

And Aristophanes calls him ὀψώνης, in his Tagenistæ, saying--

     How the purveyor (ὀψώνης) seems to delay our supper.

Cratinus, too, uses the verb παροψωνέω, in his Cleobulinæ, where he says

       *       *       *       *       *

And Alexis uses the verb παραγοράζω, in the same sense, (to buy dainty
side-dishes,) in his Dropidas.

There are people called εἰλέατροι; they are those, according to Pamphilus,
who invite people to the king's table, having their name derived from
ἐλεός (a kitchen table). But Artemidorus calls them δειπνοκλήτορες.

71. They also used to call the tasters (according to the statement of
the same Pamphilus) ἐδέατροι, because they ate of dishes before the king
with a view to his safety. But now, the person called ἐδέατρος is the
superintendent of the whole management of the feast; and that office
is very eminent and honourable. Accordingly, Chares, in the third book
of his Histories, says that Ptolemy surnamed Soter, was originally
appointed as the taster (ἐδέατρος) of Alexander. And it appears that the
person whom the Romans now call the taster was at that time called by
the Greeks προτένθης. As Aristophanes, in the earlier of his plays, called
the Clouds, says--

     _A._ Why then do not the magistrates receive
          The prytanea on the new-moon's day,
          But on the day before?

                                 _B._ They seem to me
          To act like tasters (πρότενθαι) who in hopes to take
          The prytanea with all possible speed,
          Taste them on this account all on one day.

And Pherecrates mentions them, in his Countrymen--

     Do not you marvel; we are of the number
     Of skilful tasters (προτένθων), but you know us not.

And Philyllus says, in his Hercules--

     Must I then tell you who I am to-day?
     I am that taster called Dorpia.

And I find also a decree passed, while Cephisodorus was archer at
Athens, in which the tasters are mentioned as a regular guild or
college; just like the men who are called parasites. For the decree runs
thus:--"Phocus proposed that, in order that the council might celebrate
the Apaturia with the rest of the Athenians, in accordance with the
national customs, that it should be decreed by the council, that the
councillors should be released for the day, as also the other councils
have been dismissed, for a holiday of five days from the day which the
tasters (ὁι πρότενθαι) celebrate." And that the ancients had people who
were called "tasters" Xenophon tells us in his treatise which is
entitled Hiero or the Tyrant, where he says, "The tyrant lives, never
trusting either meat or drink, but they order those who minister to them
to taste them first, in the place of offering libations to the gods;
because they feel a distrust lest they should eat or drink something
pernicious." And Anaxilas, in his Calypso, says--

     First the old woman here shall taste your drink.

72. And the ancients used to call those who made sweetmeats and
cheesecakes δημιουργοί. Menander, in his False Hercules, blaming the
cooks as attempting what they ought not, says--

     Holloa, you cook, why do you sulky seem?
     'Tis the third time you've asked me what's the number
     Of tables which will be required to-day.
     We go to sacrifice one little pig.
     Eight tables are required, or two, or one;
     What can that be to you?--I want but one.
     May we not make some candyli[275:1] and dishes
     Such as you're used to season; honey, eggs,
     And semilago; but now everything
     Is contrary; the cook makes cakes in moulds,
     Roasts cheesecakes, and boils groats, and brings on table
     After the salted meats fig-leaves and grapes.
     And for the sweetmeat-makers, they, with duties
     Turn'd upside down, roast joints of meat and thrushes
     Instead of delicate confections; thus
     He who believes he sups doth feed on dainties,
     And when perfumed and crown'd, again doth feast
     On honey'd cheese-cakes interspersed with thrushes.

But that all these different duties were formerly separated, when the
demiurgi, as they called them, attended to the sweetmeats, and the cooks
to the regular cookery, Antiphanes shows us plainly enough, in his
Chrysis, where he says--

     Four female flute-players do have their wages,
     Twelve cooks, and just as many sweetmeat-makers,
     Asking for plates for honey.

And Menander, in his Demiurgus, says--

     _A._ What now is this, my boy, for you, by Jove,
          Have come in a most business-like set fashion.

     _B._ Yes, for we are inventing fine inventions,
          And all the night long we've been hard at work,
          And even now we have much left unfinish'd.

But Seleucus says that Panyasis is the earliest author who speaks of
sweetmeats, in the book in which he speaks of the human sacrifices
practised by the Egyptians, saying that many sorts of pastry and
sweetmeats are put on the table, and many kinds of young birds. And
before his time Stesichorus, or Ibycus, in the poem entitled the
Contest, wrote as follows:--

     Bring gifts unto the maiden, cakes of cesane,
     And groats, and cakes of oil and honey mixed,
     And other kinds of pastry, and fresh honey.

But that this poem is the work of Stesichorus, Simonides the poet is a
most undeniable witness; who, when speaking of Meleager, says--

     Who with the spear excell'd his fellows all,
     Hurling beyond the eddying Anauros
     From the grape-famous Iolcos.
     For thus did Homer and Stesichorus
     Sing to the nations.

For Stesichorus had sung so in the previously quoted poem, namely, the

     Amphiaraus gain'd the prize in leaping,
     And with the dart the godlike Meleager.

73. But I am not ignorant of what Apollodorus the Athenian has said of
the Delians, that they supplied all who came to their sacred ceremonies
with the assistance of cooks and table-setters; and from their actions
they were named Magis and Gongylis;--since, says Aristophanes, they
furnished them at these banquets with round barley-cakes, (γόγγυλαι μάζαι,)
as if they had been women. And even to this very day some of them are
called Chœraci, and Amni, and Artysilai, and Sesami, and Artusitragi,
and Neocori, and Icthyboli. And of the women, some are called Cuminanthæ.
But all are called by one common name Eleodytæ, because they attend on
the kitchen tables, and minister at the festivals. For ἔλεος means a
kitchen or cook's table. Homer says--

     But when he roasted the meat, and placed it ἐν ἐλεοισῖν.

On which account, also, Polycraton the son of Crithon, a Rhenæan, when
instituting a prosecution against them, did not call them Delians, but
inscribed his action "against the whole body of the Eleodytæ." And the
law of the Amphictyons commands the Eleodytæ to provide water; meaning
by Eleodytæ the table-setters, and all attendants of that sort. But
Criton the comic poet, in his Busy-body, calls the Delians the parasites
of the god, in these lines--

     When we had forced this great Phœnician,
     The master of a well-provided purse,
     Though captain of the ship, to stay in harbour,
     And      *         *         *       two ships
     To come to Delos from Piræus' port;
     He heard from all men that this place alone
     Seem'd to have three good things for a parasite,
     A well-stored market, a large population
     From every country, and the native Delians,
     Themselves a tribe of parasites of the god.

74. But Achæus the Eretrian, in his Alcmæon, a satyric drama, calls the
Delphians makers of sauces, in these words:--

     I see the sauce-makers, and spit on them.

Inasmuch, forsooth, as they cut up the victims, it is plain that they
cooked and seasoned them; and, having a regard to these facts,
Aristophanes also said--

     But O thou Phœbus, them who sharpenest
     The Delphian knives, and with an early warning
     Givest instruction to thy ministers.

And, in the lines immediately following the former passage, Achæus

               Why do you stay conceal'd,
     Namesake of all the knives which cooks employ?

For the Satyrs ridicule the Delphians, as devoting all their time and
attention to festivals and sacrifices. And Semus says, in the fourth
book of his Deliad, "The Delians used to provide the Delphians who came
to Delos with salt, and vinegar, and oil, and wood, and counterpanes."
And Aristotle, or Theophrastus, in his Commentaries, speaking of the
Magnesians who dwell on the banks of the river Mæander, as colonists of
the Delphians, represents them as showing the same attentions to all
foreigners who came to them; speaking as follows:--"The Magnesians who
dwell on the banks of the river Mæander, being sacred to the god, and
colonists of the Delphians, give shelter to all who come among them, and
salt, and oil, and vinegar, and lights, and beds, and coverlets, and

But Demetrius the Scepsian, in the sixteenth book of his Trojan Array,
says that in Laconia, on the road which is called the Hyacinthine road,
statues of the heroes Daiton and Ceraon were erected by those who made
barley-cakes at the Phiditia, and by the attendants who mixed the wine.
And the same writer reports also, in the twenty-fourth book of the same
work, that Daitas the hero is worshipped among the Trojans, who is also
mentioned by Mimnermus. And Hegesander the Delphian says that Jupiter is
worshipped in Cyprus, under the names of Eilapinastes or the Feaster,
and of Splanchnotomus or the Carver of Entrails.

75. And while much such conversation as this was proceeding, on a sudden
a noise was heard from some one of the neighbouring places, as from an
hydraulic organ, very pleasant and agreeable, so that we all turned
round towards it, being charmed by the melody; and Ulpian looking
towards the musical Alcides said, Do you hear, O you most musical of
men, this beautiful harmony which has made us turn round, being
enchanted by the music? And is it not the case, as it is said to be
among you Alexandrians, that constant music of an unaccompanied flute
causes pain rather than any musical pleasure to those who hear it? And
Alcides said,--But this engine, the hydraulic organ, whether you choose
to class it among stringed instruments or among wind instruments, is the
invention of a fellow-countryman of ours, an Alexandrian, a barber by
trade; and his name is Ctesibius. And Aristocles reports this, in his
book on Choruses, saying--"The question is asked, whether the hydraulic
organ is a stringed instrument or a wind instrument." Now Aristoxenus
did not feel sure on this point; but it is said, that Plato showed a
sort of notion of the invention, making a nightly clock like the
hydraulic organ; being very like an enormous hour-glass. And, indeed,
the hydraulic organ does seem to be a kind of hour-glass. It cannot,
therefore, be considered a stringed instrument, and one to be played by
touching. But perhaps it may be called a wind instrument, because the
organ is inflated by the water; for the pipes are plunged down into the
water, and when the water is agitated by a youth, as the axles penetrate
through the whole organ, the pipes are inflated, and emit a gentle and
agreeable sound. And this organ is like a round altar; and they say that
it was invented by Ctesibius the barber, who dwelt at that time in the
territory of Aspendor, in the reign of the second Ptolemy surnamed
Euergetes; and they say that he was a very eminent man; they say also,
that he learnt a good deal from his wife Thais. But Trypho, in the third
book of his treatise on Names, (and it is a dissertation on Flutes and
Organs,) says Ctesibius the mechanic wrote a book about the hydraulis;
but I am not sure that he is not mistaken as to the name. At all events,
Aristoxenus prefers stringed instruments which are played upon by the
touch to wind instruments; saying that wind instruments are very easy;
for that many people, without having been taught, can play on the flute
and pipe, as for instance, shepherds.

76. And this is what I have got to say to you about the hydraulic organ,
O Ulpian. For the Phœnicians used a kind of flute called the gingras,
according to the account of Xenophon, about a span in length, and of a
very shrill and mournful tone. And the same instrument is used also by
the Carians in their wailings, unless, indeed, when he says Phœnicia
he means Caria; and indeed you may find the name used so in Corinna and
in Bacchylides. And these flutes are called gingri by the Phœnicians
from the lamentations for Adonis; for you Phœnicians called Adonis
Gingres, as Democlides tells us. And Antiphanes mentions the gingri
flutes, in his Physician; and Menander does so too, in his Carina; and
Amphis, in his Dithyrambus, saying--

     _A._ And I have got that admirable gingras.

     _B._ What is the gingras?

                               _A._ 'Tis a new invention
          Of our countryman, which never yet
          Has been exhibited in any theatre,
          But is a luxury of Athenian banquets.

     _B._ Why then not introduce it to this people?

     _A._ Because I think that I shall draw by lot
          Some most ambitious tribe; for well I know
          They would disturb all things with their applause.

And Axionicus says, in his Phileuripides--

     For they are both so sick with love
     Of the melodious strains of soft Euripides,
     That every other music seems to them
     Shrill as the gingras, and a mere misfortune.

77. But how much better, O most sagacious Ulpian, is this hydraulic
organ, than the instrument which is called nabla; which Sopater the
parodist, in his drama entitled Pylæ, says is also an invention of the
Phœnicians, using the following expressions--

     Nor is the noise of the Sidonian nabla,
     Which from the throat doth flow, at all impair'd.

And in the Slave of Mystacus we find--

     Among the instruments of harmony
     The nablas comes, not over soft or sweet;
     By its long sides a lifeless lotus fix'd
     Sends forth a breathed music; and excites men,
     Singing in Bacchic strain a merry song.

And Philemon says, in his Adulterer--

     _A._ There should, O Parmeno, be here among us
          A nablas or a female flute-player.

     _B._ What is a nablas?

                            _A._ Don't you know? you idiot!

     _B._ Indeed I don't.

                          _A._ What, do not know a nablas?
          You know no good; perhaps a sambucistria
          You ne'er have heard of either?

There is also an instrument called the triangle, which Juba mentions in
the fourth book of his Theatrical History, and says it is an invention
of the Syrians; as is also the sambuca, which is called λυροφοίνιξ. But
this instrument Neanthes the Cyzicene, in the first book of his Seasons,
says is an invention of Ibycus the Rhegian poet; as also the lyre called
barbitos was of Anacreon. But since you are running all us Alexandrians
down as unmusical, and keep mentioning the monaulos as our only national
instrument, listen now to what I can tell you offhand about that.

78. For Juba, in the before-mentioned treatise, says that the Egyptians
call the monaulos an invention of Osiris, just as they say that kind of
plagiaulos is, which is called photinx, and that, too, I will presently
show you is mentioned by a very illustrious author; for the photinx is
the same as the flute, which is a national instrument. But Sophocles, in
his Thamyras, speaks of the monaulos, saying--

     For all the tuneful melodies of pipes πήκτιδες
     Are lost, the lyre, and monaulos too.

            *       *       *       *       *

And Araros, in his Birth of Pan, says--

     But he, can you believe it? seized at once
     On the monaulos, and leapt lightly forth.

And Anaxandrides, in his Treasure, says--

     I the monaulos took, and sang a wedding song.

And in his Bottle-bearer he says--

     _A._ What have you done, you Syrian, with your monaulos?

     _B._ What monaulos?

                         _A._ The reed.

And Sopater, in his Bacchis, says--

     And then he sang a song on the monaulos.

But Protagorides of Cyzicus, in the second book of his treatise on the
Assemblies in Honour of Daphne, says, "He touched every kind of
instrument, one after another, castanets, the weak-sounding pandurus,
but he drew the sweetest harmony from the sweet monaulos. And Posidonius
the Stoic philosopher, in the third book of his Histories, speaking of
the war of the Apameans against the Larissæans, writes as
follows--"Having taken short daggers sticking in their waists, and small
lances covered with rust and dirt, and having put veils and curtains
over their heads which produce a shade but do not hinder the wind from
getting to their necks, dragging on asses laden with wine and every sort
of meat, by the side of which were packed little photinges and little
monauli, instruments of revelry, not of war." But I am not ignorant that
Amerias the Macedonian, in his Dialects, says, that the monaulos is
called tityrinus. So here you have, O excellent Ulpian, a man who
mentions the photinx. But that the monaulos was the same instrument
which is now called calamaules, or reedfife, is clearly shown by
Hedylus, in his Epigrams, where he says--

     Beneath this mound the tuneful Theon lies,
       Whom the monaulos knew its sweetest lord;
     Scirpalus' son; age had destroy'd his sight,
       And when he was a child his sire him call'd
     Eupalamus in his first birthday ode,
       Showing that he was a choice bouquet where
     The virtues all had met. For well he sung
       The Muses' sports amid their wine-glad revels;
     He sang to Battalus, an eager drinker
       Of unmix'd wine, and Cotalus and Pæncalus.
     Say then to Theon with his calamaules,
       Farewell, O Theon, tunefullest of men.

As, therefore, they now call those who play on a pipe of reeds
(κάλαμοι) calamaules, so also they call them now rapaules, according
to the statement of Amerias the Macedonian, in his dialects.

79. But I wish you to know, my most excellent Ulpian, that a more
musical and accomplished people than the Alexandrians is not mentioned.
And I do not speak only of playing on the harp, with which even the
poorest people among us, and those who do not make a profession of it,
and who are utterly ignorant of every other kind of learning, are so
familiarized that they can in a moment detect any error which has been
made in striking the strings,--but especially are they skilful with the
flute; and not only in those which are called girls' flutes and boys'
flutes, but also in men's flutes, which are called perfect and
superperfect; and also in those which are called harp-flutes and
finger-flutes. For the flutes called elymi, which Sophocles mentions in
his Niobe and in his Drummers, we do not understand to be anything but
the common Phrygian flute. And these, too, the Alexandrians are very
skilful in. They are acquainted also with the flute with two holes, and
also with the intermediate flute, and with those which are called
hypotreti, or bored underneath. And Callias also speaks of the flute
called elymi, in his Pedetæ. But Juba says that they are an invention of
the Phrygians, and that they were also called scytaliæ, from their
resemblance in thickness to the scytale. And Cratinus the younger says
that the Cyprians also use them, in his Theramenes. We know, too, of
some which are called half-bored, of which Anacreon says--

     What lust has now seized thus upon your mind,
     To wish to dance to tender half-bored flutes?

And these flutes are smaller than the perfect flutes. At all events,
Æschylus says, speaking metaphorically, in his Ixion--

     But very soon the greater swallows up
     The lesser and the half-bored flute.

And these half-bored flutes are the same as those which are called boys'
flutes, which they use at banquets, not being fit for the games and
public shows; on which account Anacreon called them tender.

80. I am acquainted, too, with other kinds of flutes, the tragic flute,
and the lysiodic[283:1] flute, and the harplike flute; all which are
mentioned by Ephorus, in his Inventions, and by Euphranor the
Pythagorean, in his treatise on Flutes, and also by Alexon, who wrote
another treatise on Flutes. But the flute made of reeds is called
tityrinus among the Dorians in Italy, as Artemidorus the Aristophanian
tells us, in the second book of his History of Doris. And the flute
which is called magadis, which is also named palæo-magadis, sends forth
a sharp and a deep note at the same time, as Anaxandrides says in his
Armed Fighter--

     I will speak like a magadis, both loudly and gently.

And the flutes called lotus flutes are the same which are called
photinges by the Alexandrians; and they are made of the plant called the
lotus; and this is a wood which grows in Libya. But Juba says that the
flute which is made out of the leg bones of the kid is an invention of
the Thebans; and Tryphon says that those flutes also which are called
elephantine flutes were first bored among the Phœnicians. I know,
too, that the magadis is a stringed instrument, as is the harp, the
lyre, and the barbitos. But Euphorion the epic poet says in his book on
the Isthmian Games--"Those men who are now called players on the nablas,
and on the pandurus, and on the sambuca, do not use any new instrument,
for the baromus and the barbitos (both of which are mentioned by Sappho
and Anacreon), and the magadis, and the triangle, and the sambuca are
all ancient instruments. At all events, a statue of one of the Muses was
erected in Mitylene by Lesbothemis, holding a sambuca in her hand." But
Aristoxenus calls the following foreign instruments--phœnices, and
pectides, and magadides, and sambucæ, and triangles, and clepsiambi, and
scindapsi, and the instrument called the enneachord or nine-stringed
instrument. But Plato, in the third book of his Polity, states--"'We
shall not, then,' said I, 'have much need of many strings or of much
harmony in our songs and melodies.' 'I think not,' said he. 'But we
shall have triangles, and pectides, and all sorts of instruments which
have many strings and are very harmonious.'"

81. But the scindapsus is an instrument of four strings, as Matron the
parodist says in the following lines--

     Nor did they hang it upon pegs where hung
     The sweet scindapsus with its fourfold strings,
     Joy of the woman who the distaff hates.

And Theopompus the Colophonian likewise mentions it, the Epic poet, I
mean, in his poem entitled the Chariot--

     Shaking the large and lyre-toned scindapsus,
     Made of young tamarisk, in his skilful hand.

Anaxilas, too, in his Lyre Maker, says--

     But I was making three-string'd barbiti,
     Pectides, citharæ, lyres, and scindapsi.

But Sopater the parodist, in his poem entitled "The Initiated," says
that the pectis is an instrument with two strings, saying--

     The pectis, proud of its barbaric muse,
     With its two strings was placed within my hand.

The instrument called pariambis is mentioned by Epicharmus, in his
Periallus, in this way--

     But Semele doth dance and he doth sing
     Tunefully on his pariambis lyre,
     And she rejoices at the rapid song.

Now it was Alexander of Cythera, according to the account given by Juba,
who completed the psaltery with its full number of strings. And he, when
he had grown old in the city of the Ephesians, suspended this instrument
in the temple of Diana, as being the most skilful invention he had made
with reference to his art. Juba mentions also the lyrophœnix and the
Epigonius, which, though now it is transformed into the upright
psaltery, still preserves the name of the man who was the first to use
it. But Epigonius was by birth an Ambraciot, but he was subsequently
made a citizen of Sicyon. And he was a man of great skill in music, so
that he played the lyre with his bare hand without a plectrum. For the
Alexandrians have great experience and skill in all the above-named
instruments and kinds of flutes. And whichever of them you wish me to
try, I will exhibit my own skill before you, though there are many
others in my country more musical and skilful than I am.

82. But Alexander, my fellow-citizen, and he has only lately died;
having given a public exhibition of his skill on the instrument called
the triangle, made all the Romans so music-mad that even now most people
recollect the way in which he used to play. And Sophocles speaks of this
triangle in his Mysians, saying--

     The constant music of the Phrygian
     Tender triangle, and the concerted strains
     Of the shrill Lydian pectis sounded too.

And in his Thamyras he also mentions it. But Aristophanes, in his
Daitaleis, and Theopompus, in his Penelope, likewise speak of it. And
Eupolis, in his Baptæ, says--

     Who plays the drum with wondrous skill,
     And strikes the strings of the triangle.

And the instrument called the pandurus is mentioned, as has been said
before, by Euphorion, and by Protagorides, in the second book of his
treatise on the Assemblies in honour of Daphne. But Pythagoras, who
wrote a book on the Red Sea, says that the Troglodytæ make the panduri
out of the daphne which grows on the seashore.

But horns and trumpets are the invention of the Etrurians. But
Metrodorus the Chian, in his history of the Affairs of Troy, says that
Marsyas invented the pipe and flute at Celænæ, when all his predecessors
had played on a single reed. But Euphorion the epic poet, in his
treatise on the Modulation of Songs, says that Mercury invented the pipe
which consists of one single reed; but that some say that Seuthes and
Ronaces the Medes did so; and that Sileuus invented the pipe which is
made of many reeds, and that Marsyas invented that one which is joined
together with wax.

83. This then, O my word-hunting Ulpian, is what you may learn from us
Alexandrians, who are very fond of the music of the monaulos. For you do
not know that Menecles the Barcæan compiler, and also that Andron, in
his Chronicles, him of Alexandria I mean, assert that it is the
Alexandrians who instructed all the Greeks and the barbarians, when the
former encyclic mode of education began to fail, on account of the
incessant commotions which took place in the times of the successors of
Alexander. There was subsequently a regeneration of all sorts of
learning in the time of Ptolemy the seventh king of Egypt, the one who
was properly called by the Alexandrians Cacergetes; for he having
murdered many of the Alexandrians, and banished no small number of those
who had grown up to manhood with his brother, filled all the islands and
cities with men learned in grammar, and philosophy, and geometry, with
musicians, and painters, and schoolmasters, and physicians, and men of
all kinds of trades and professions; who, being driven by poverty to
teach what they knew, produced a great number of celebrated pupils.

84. But music was a favourite amusement of all the Greeks of old time;
on which account also skill in playing the flute was much aimed at.
Accordingly, Chamæleon of Heraclia, in his book entitled Protrepticus,
says that the Lacedæmonians and Thebans all learned to play on the
flute, and the inhabitants of Heraclea in Pontus devoted themselves to
the same study down to his own time. And that so did the most
illustrious of the Athenians, Callias the son of Hipponicus, and Critias
the son of Callæschrus. But Duris, in his treatise on Euripides and
Sophocles, says that Alcibiades learnt music, not of any ordinary
master, but of Pronomus, who had the very highest reputation in that
line. And Aristoxenus says that Epaminondas the Theban learnt to play
the flute of Olympiodorus and Orthagoras. And likewise, many of the
Pythagoreans practised the art of flute-playing, as Euphranor, and
Archytas, and Philolaus, and many others. But Euphranor has also left
behind an essay on Flutes, and so too has Archytas. And Aristophanes
shows us, in his Daitaleis, the great eagerness with which men applied
themselves to this study, when he says--

     I who am wasted quite away
       In the study of flutes and harps,
     Am I now to be sent to dig?

And Phrynichus, in his Ephialtes, says--

     But were not you the man who taught him once
     To play upon the flute and well-strung harp?

And Epicharmus, in his Muses, says that Minerva played a martial strain
to the Dioscuri. And Ion, in his Phœnician, or Cæneus, calls the
flute a cock, speaking thus:--

     The cock then sang the Greeks a Lydian hymn.

And also, in his Garrison, he calls the pipe the Idæan cock, using the
following expression:--

     The pipe, th'Idæan cock, precedes your steps.

And, in the Second Phœnix, the same Ion writes--

     I made a noise, bringing the deep-toned flute
     With fluent rhythm.

Where he means Phrygian rhythm; and he calls the Phrygian flute
deep-toned. For it is deep; on which account they also add a horn to it,
having a similarity to the bell mouth of trumpets.

So now this book may be ended, my friend Timocrates; as it is quite long


[210:1] Theophrastus was a disciple of Aristotle, and succeeded him as
head of the Lyceum, so that this time would be about 310 B.C.

[211:1] A cotyla held about half a pint.

[212:1] Held on the thirteenth day of the month Anthesterion; being the
first day of the great festival Anthesteria.

[218:1] The cercope, or monkey-grasshopper, was so called from having a
long tail like a monkey (κέρκωψ).

[220:1] See Pope's Homer for his version of the different parts
parodied. Odyss. i. 1.

[220:2] Iliad, x. 436.

[220:3] Ib. xx. 223.

[220:4] Odyss. v. 51.

[220:5] Iliad, xxiii. 51.

[220:6] Odyss. i. 334.

[221:1] This was a Greek proverb. See Aristophanes, Eq. 1279.

[221:2] Odyss. xi. 575.

[221:3] Ib. xi. 543.

[221:4] Ib. ix. 27.

[221:5] Iliad, ii. 745.

[222:1] Odyss. ix 292.

[222:2] Iliad, ii. 489.

[225:1] From τιθήνη, a nurse.

[227:1] From κάπτω, to swallow.

[228:1] The Attic medimnus contained nearly twelve gallons.

[228:2] The χοῦς held about three quarts.

[228:3] An obol was about three half-pence or rather more.

[229:1] From σκιὰ, shade.

[230:1] A cotyla held about half a pint.

[230:2] A cyathus held about a twelfth part of a pint.

[232:1] A stater was about 3_s._ 3_d._

[238:1] I have only attempted here to extract a few of the sentences and
words which appeared a little intelligible. The whole quotation is
perhaps the most hopelessly corrupt in all Athenæus. Schweighauser
says,--"Even the most learned men have given up the whole extract in
despair," and that it is only a very few words from which he can extract
any sense by the greatest freedom of conjecture.

[244:1] A chœnix held about a quart.

[244:2] The magadis was a three-cornered instrument like a harp, with
twenty strings arranged in octaves, like the πῆκτις. It was also a
Lydian name for a peculiar kind of flute or flageolet, producing a high
and low note at the same time. V. Liddell and Scott in voc.

[264:1] The term ἅλμη, _brine_, seems used here of a troublesome
fellow; something in the same spirit as we call a person "a pickle."

[274:1] This is a mistake; the passage occurs in the first book.

[275:1] The candylus or candaulus was the name of a Lydian dish.

[283:1] "Λυσιῳδὸς, ὁ καὶ ἡ, a man who played women's characters in male
attire; so called from Lysis, who wrote songs for such actors."--Liddell
and Scott, in voc.


1. But since, O Timocrates, we have now had a great deal of conversation
on the subject of banquets in all that has been hitherto said; and since
we have passed over those things in them which are most useful and which
do not weigh down the soul, but which cheer it, and nourish it by
variety of food, as the divine Homer incidentally teaches us, I will
also mention what has been said concerning these things by that most
excellent writer Masyrius. For we, as the beautiful Agathon says--

     Do what is more than needful as if needful,
     And treat our real work as if it were superfluous.

The poet accordingly says, when he is speaking of Menelaus--

     At the fair dome the rapid labour ends,[287:1]
     Where sat Atrides 'midst his bridal friends,
     With double vows invoking Hymen's power
     To bless his son's and daughter's nuptial hour:--

as it was a custom to celebrate banquets at marriages, both for the sake
of the gods who preside over marriage, and as it were for a testimony to
the marriage; and also, the king of Lycia instructs us what sort of
banquet ought to be given to foreigners, receiving Bellerophon with
great magnificence--

     There Lycia's monarch paid him honours due,[287:2]
     Nine days he feasted, and nine bulls he slew.

2. For wine appears to have a very attractive influence in promoting
friendship, as it warms and also melts the soul. On which account the
ancients did not ask who a man was before drinking, but afterwards; as
honouring the laws of hospitality itself, and not this or that
particular individual. But the lawgivers, taking care beforehand of the
banquets of the present day, have appointed feasts for the tribe, and
feasts for the borough; and also general banquets, and entertainments to
the ward, and others also called orgeonica. And there are many meetings
of philosophers in the city, some called the pupils of Diogenes, and
others, pupils of Antipater, others again styled disciples of Panætius.
And Theophrastus bequeathed money for an entertainment of that sort.
Not, by Jove, in order that the philosophers assembled might indulge in
intemperance, but in order that during the banquet they might have a
wise and learned conversation. And the Prytanes were accustomed every
day to meet in well-regulated banquets, which tended to the advantage of
the state. And it was to such a banquet as that Demosthenes says the
news of the taking of Elatea was brought. "For it was evening, and a man
came bringing news to the Prytanes that Elatea was taken." And the
philosophers used to be careful to collect the young men, and to feast
with them according to some well-considered and carefully laid down law.
Accordingly, there were some laws for banquets laid down by Xenocrates,
in the Academy, and again by Aristotle.

But the Phiditia in Sparta, and the Andrea, or man's feasts, among the
Cretans, were celebrated in their respective cities with all imaginable
care. On which account some one said not unwisely--

     Dear friends should never long abstain from feasts,
     For e'en the memory of them is delightful.

And Antipater the philosopher once assembled a banqueting party, and
invited all the guests on the understanding that they were to discuss
subtle questions. And they say that Arcesilaus, being once invited to a
banquet, and sitting next to a man who ate voraciously, while he himself
was unable to enjoy anything, when some one of those who were present
offered him something, said--

     May it be well with you; be this for Telephus:

for it so happened that the epicure by his side was named Telephus. But
Zeno, when some epicure who was at the same party with him snatched away
the upper half of the fish the moment that it was placed on the table,
turned the fish round himself, and took the remaining portion, saying--

     Then Ino came and finish'd what was left.

And Socrates seeing a man once devouring dainties eagerly, said--O you
bystanders, which of you eats bread as if it were sweetmeats, and
sweetmeats as if they were bread?

3. But now let us speak of the banquets celebrated by Homer. For the
poet gives us the different times of them, and the persons present, and
the causes of them. And Xenophon and Plato have done well to imitate him
in this; who at the very beginning of their treatises set forth the
cause which gave rise to the banquet, and mention the names of those who
were present. But Epicurus never defines either the place or the time,
nor does he preface his accounts with any preliminary statement. But
Aristotle says that it is an unseemly thing for a man to come unwashed
and covered with dust to a banquet. Then Homer instructs us who ought to
be invited; saying that one ought to invite the chiefs; and men of high

     He bade the noblest of the Grecian peers,[289:1]

not acting on the principle asserted by Hesiod, for he bids men invite
chiefly their neighbours--

     Then bid your neighbours to the well-spread feast,
     Who live the nearest, and who know you best.[289:2]

For such a banquet would be one of rustic stupidity; and adapted to the
most misanthropic of proverbs--

     Friends who far off do live are never friends.

For how can it be anything but nonsense that friendship should depend on
place and not on disposition? Therefore we find in Homer, that after the
cup had gone round,

     Then the old man his counsels first disclosed;[289:3]

but among people who did not regulate their banquets in an orderly
manner we read--

     Then first the flatterer rose with mocking speech.

Besides, Homer introduces guests differing in ages and tastes, such as
Nestor, Ulysses, and Ajax, who are all invited together. And speaking in
general terms he represents all who lay claim to any sort of eminence as
invited, and individually those who arrive at it by different roads. But
Epicurus has represented all his guests as believers in the atonic
theory, and this, too, though he had models both in the variety of the
banquets of the great poet, and also in the elegant accounts of Plato
and Xenophon; of whom Plato has introduced Eryximachus the physician,
and Aristophanes the poet, and other professors of different branches of
science, discussing matters of weight: and Xenophon has mingled with
them some private individuals.

Homer therefore has done much the best of all, and has given us by far
the best banquets; and that again is best seen by comparing him with
others. For the banquet of the suitors in Homer is just such as might be
expected from young men devoted to drinking and love; and that of the
Phæacians is more orderly, but still luxurious. And he has made a wide
distinction between these entertainments and those which may be called
military banquets, and those which have reference to political affairs
and are conducted in a well-regulated manner; and again he has
distinguished between public and family banquets. But Epicurus has
described a banquet consisting of philosophers alone.

4. Homer, too, has pointed out whom one ought not to invite, but who
ought to consider that they have a right to come uninvited, showing by
the presence of one of the relations that those in similar circumstances
had a right to be present--

     Unbidden there the brave Atrides came.[290:1]

For it is plain that one ought not to send a formal invitation to one's
brother, or to one's parents, or to one's wife, or to any one else whom
one can possibly regard in the same light as these relations, for that
would be a cold and unfriendly proceeding. And some one has written an
additional line, adding the reason why Menelaus had no invitation sent
him, and yet came--

     For well he knew how busy was his brother:

as if there had been any need of alleging a reason why his brother
should come of his own accord to a banquet without any invitation,--a
very sufficient reason having been already given. "For," said the
interpolater of this line, "did he not know that his brother was giving
a banquet? And how can it be otherwise than absurd to pretend that he
did not know it, when his sacrifice of oxen was notorious and visible to
every one? And how could he have come if he had not known it? Or, by
Jove, when he saw him," he continues, "occupied with business, was it
not quite right of him to excuse his not having sent him an invitation,
and to come of his own accord?" As if he were to say that he came
uninvited in order that the next day they might not look at one another,
the one with feelings of mortification, and the other of annoyance.

But it would be an absurd thing to suppose that Menelaus forgot his
brother, and this, too, when he was not only sacrificing on his account
at the present moment, but when it was on his account that he had
undertaken the whole war, and when he had invited those who were no
relations of his, and who had no connexion even with his country. But
Athenocles the Cyzicene, understanding the poems of Homer better than
Aristarchus did, speaks in a much more sensible manner to us, and says
that Homer omitted to mention Menelaus as having been invited because he
was more nearly related to Agamemnon than the others. But Demetrius
Phalereus having asserted that interpolated verse to be a bungling and
unseasonable addition, quite unsuited to the poetry of Homer,--the
verse, I mean,

     For well he knew how busy was his brother,

says that he is accusing him of very ungentlemanly manners. "For I
think," says he, "that every well-bred man has relations and friends to
whom he may go, when they are celebrating any sacrifice, without waiting
for them to send him an invitation."

5. And Plato in his Banquet speaks in the same manner on this subject.
"For," says he, "that we may destroy the proverb by altering it: Good
men may go of their own accord to feasts given by good men. For Homer
appears not only to have destroyed that proverb, but also to have
ridiculed it; for having represented Agamemnon as valiant in warlike
matters, and Menelaus as an effeminate warrior, when Agamemnon
celebrates a sacrifice, he represents Menelaus as coming
uninvited,--that is, the worse man coming to the feast of the better
man." And Bacchylides, speaking of Hercules, and telling how he came to
the house of Ceyx, says--

     Then on the brazen threshold firm he stood,
     (They were a feast preparing,) and thus spake
     Brave and just men do uninvited come
     To well-appointed feasts by brave and just men made.

And as to proverbs, one says--

     Good men do of their own accord
     To good men's entertainments come:

and another says--

     Brave men do of their own accord
     To cowards' entertainments come.

It was without reason, therefore, that Plato thought that Menelaus was a
coward; for Homer speaks of him as Mars-loving, and as fighting
single-handed with the greatest gallantry in defence of Patroclus, and
eager to fight in single combat with Hector as the champion of the whole
army, although he certainly was inferior to Hector in personal strength.
And he is the only man in the whole expedition of whom he has said--

     And on he went, firm in his fearless zeal.[292:1]

But if an enemy, disparaging him, called him an effeminate warrior, and
on this account Plato thinks that he really was an effeminate warrior,
why should he not also class Agamemnon himself among the men void of
prowess, since this line is spoken against him?--

     O monster, mix'd of insolence and fear,
     Thou dog in forehead, but in heart a deer!
     When wert thou known in ambush'd fights to dare,
     Or nobly face the horrid front of war?
     'Tis ours the chance of fighting fields to try,
     Thine to look on and bid the valiant die.[292:2]

For it does not follow because something is said in Homer, that Homer
himself says it. For how could Menelaus have been effeminate who,
single-handed, kept Hector away from Patroclus, and who slew Euphorbus,
and stripped him of his arms though in the very middle of the Trojan
host? And it was foolish of him not completely to consider the entire
line which he was finding fault with, in which Menelaus is called
"Raising the battle cry," βοὴν ἀγαθὸς, for that is an epithet which
Homer is in the habit of giving only to the most valiant; for the
ancients called war itself βοή.

6. But Homer, who is most accurate in everything, did not overlook even
this trifling point; that a man ought to show some care of his person,
and to bathe himself before going to an entertainment. And so, in the
case of Ulysses, before the banquet among the Phæacians, he tells us--

                         A train attends
     Around the baths, the bath the king ascends,
     (Untasted joy since that disastrous hour
     He sail'd defeated from Calypso's bower,)
     He bathes, the damsels with officious toil
     Shed sweets, shed unguents in a shower of oil.
     Then o'er his limbs a gorgeous robe he spreads,
     And to the feast magnificently treads.[293:1]

And again he says of Telemachus and his companion--

     From room to room their eager view they bend,
     Thence to the bath, a beauteous pile, descend.[293:2]

For it was unseemly, says Aristotle, for a man to come to a banquet all
over sweat and dust. For a well-bred man ought not to be dirty nor
squalid, nor to be all over mud, as Heraclitus says. And a man when he
first enters another person's house for a feast, ought not to hasten at
once to the banqueting-room, as if he had no care but to fill his
stomach, but he ought first to indulge his fancy in looking about him,
and to examine the house. And the poet has not omitted to take notice of
this also.

     Part in a portico, profusely graced
     With rich magnificence, the chariot placed;
     Then to the dome the friendly pair invite,
     Who eye the dazzling roof with vast delight,
     Resplendent as the blaze of summer noon,
     Or the pale radiance of the midnight moon.[293:3]

And Aristophanes, in his Wasps, represents the rustic and litigious old
man as invited to a more civilized form of life by his son--

     Cease; sit down here and learn at length to be
     A boon companion, and a cheerful guest.[293:4]

And then showing him how he ought to sit down he says--

     Then praise some of these beauteous works in brass,
     Look at the roof, admire the carvèd hall.

7. And again Homer instructs us as to what we ought to do before a
banquet, namely how we ought to allot the first-fruits of the dishes to
the gods. At all events Ulysses and his friends, although in the cave of
the Cyclops--

     Then first a fire we kindle, and prepare
     For his return with sacrifice and prayer.[293:5]

And Achilles, although the ambassadors were impatient, as they had
arrived in the middle of the night, still--

     Himself opposed t' Ulysses full in sight
     Each portion parts, and orders every rite;
     The first fat offerings to th' Immortals due,
     Amid the greedy flames Patroclus threw.

And also he introduces the guests as making libations--

     He said, and all approved; the heralds bring
     The cleansing water from the living spring,
     The youths with wine the sacred goblets crown'd,
     And large libations drench'd the sand around.
     The rite perform'd, the chiefs their thirst allay,
     Then from the royal tent they take their way.[294:1]

And this ceremony Plato also observes in his Banquet. For he says--"Then
after they had supped and made libations, they sang pæans to the god
with all customary honours." And Xenophon speaks in very nearly the same
terms. But in Epicurus there is no mention of any libation to the gods,
or of any offering of first-fruits. But as Simonides says of an immodest

     And oftentimes she eats unhallow'd victims.

8. He says too that the Athenians were taught the proper proportions in
which wine should be mixed by Amphictyon when he was king; and that on
this account he erected a temple to the Upright Bacchus. For he is then
really upright and not likely to fall, when he is drunk in proper
proportions and well mixed; as Homer has it--

     Hear me, my friends! who this good banquet grace,--
     'Tis sweet to play the fool in time and place.
     And wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
     Make the sage frolic and the serious smile;
     The grave in merry measures frisk about,
     And many a long-repented word bring out.[294:2]

For Homer does not call wine ἠλεὸς in the sense of ἠλίθιος, that is to
say, foolish and the cause of folly. Nor does he bid a man be of a
sullen countenance, neither singing nor laughing, nor ever turning
himself to cheerful dancing in time to music. He is not so morose or
ill-bred. But he knew the exact proportions in which all these things
should be done, and the proper qualities and quantities of wine to be
mixed. On which account he did not say that wine makes the sage sing,
but sing very much, that is to say, out of tune and excessively, so as
to trouble people. Nor, by Jove, did he say simply to smile, and, to
frisk about; but using the word merry, and applying that to both, he
reproves the unmanly propensity to such trifling--

     Makes . . . . . . .
     The grave in merry measure frisk about,
     And many a long-repented word bring out.

But in Plato none of these things are done in a moderate manner. But men
drink in such quantities that they cannot even stand on their feet. For
just look at the reveller Alcibiades, how unbecomingly he behaves. And
all the rest drink a large goblet holding eight cotylæ, using as an
excuse that Alcibiades has led them on; not like the men in Homer--

     But when they drank, and satisfied their soul.

Now of these things some ought to be repudiated once for all; but some
ought to be enjoyed in moderation; people looking at them as at a slight
addition or appendage to a repast; as Homer has said--

                     Let these, my friend,
     With song and dance the pompous revel end.

9. And altogether the poet has attributed devotion to such things to the
Suitors, and to the Phæacians, but not to Nestor or to Menelaus. And
Aristarchus did not perceive that in his marriage feast, after the
entertainment had lasted some time, and the principal days of the revel
were over, in which the bride had been taken to the house of the
bridegroom, and the marriage of Megapenthes was completed, Menelaus and
Helen were left to themselves and feasted together. He, I say, not
perceiving this, but being deceived by the first line--

     Where sate Atrides 'midst his bridal friends,

he then added these lines, which do not properly belong to this place--

     While this gay friendly troop the king surround,
     With festival and mirth the roofs resound;
     A bard amid the joyous circle sings
     High airs, attemper'd to the vocal strings,
     Whilst, warbling to the varied strain, advance
     Two sprightly youths to form the bounding dance:--

transferring them with the error in the reading and all from the
eighteenth book of the Iliad, where he relates the making of the arms of
Achilles; for it ought to be read not ἐξάρχοντες, _the dancers beginning_,
but ἐξάρχοντος (τοῦ ᾠδοῦ, that is to say,) _when the poet began to sing_. For
the word ἐξάρχω has peculiar reference to preluding on the lyre. On which
account Hesiod also says in his Shield of Hercules--

     The holy goddesses, the Muses nine,
     Preluded (ἐξῆρχον) with a sacred melody.[296:1]

And Archilochus says--

     Himself preluding (ἐξάρχων) with a sacred pæan
     Set to the Lesbian flute.

And Stesichorus calls the Muse the Beginner of Song (ἀρχεσίμολπος). And
Pindar calls Preludes the Leaders of the Dance. And Diodorus the
Aristophanian enclosed the whole account of the wedding in brackets;
thinking that the first days only were alluded to, and disregarding the
termination and what came after the banquet. And then he says we ought
to write the words δοίω δὲ κυβιστητῆρε κατ' αὐτοὺς with an aspirate, καθ'
αὑτοὺς, but that would be a solecism. For κατ' αὐτοὺς is equivalent to
κατὰ σφᾶς αὐτοὺς, but to say ἑαυτοὺς would be a solecism.

10. But, as I said before, the introduction of this kind of music into
this modest kind of entertainment is transferred to this place from the
Cretic dance, of which he says in the eighteenth book of the Iliad,
about the Making of the Arms--

     A figured dance succeeds; such once was seen
     In lofty Cnossus, for the Cretan queen
     Form'd by Dædalean art; a comely band
     Of youths and maidens bounding hand-in-hand;
     The maids in soft cymars of linen dress'd,
     The youths all graceful in the glossy vest.
     Of those the locks with flow'ry wreaths enroll'd,
     Of these the sides adorn'd with swords of gold,
     That glittering gay from silver belts depend.[296:2]

And then he adds to this--

     Now all at once they rise, at once descend,
     With well-taught feet; now shape in oblique ways
     Confus'dly regular the moving maze.
     Now forth at once too swift for sight they spring,
     And undistinguish'd blend the flying ring.[296:3]

Now among the Cretans, dancing and posture-making was a national
amusement. On which account Æneas says to the Cretan Meriones--

     Swift as thou art (the raging hero cries),
     And skill'd in dancing to dispute the prize,
     My spear, the destined passage had it found,
     Had fix'd thy active vigour to the ground.

And from this they call the hyporchemata Cretan

     They call it all a Cretan air . . . .
     The instrument is called Molossian . . . .

"But they who were called Laconistæ," says Timæus, "used to sing
standing to dance in square figures." And altogether there were many
various kinds of music among the Greeks: as the Athenians preferred the
Dionysiac and the Cyclian dances; and the Syracusians the Iambistic
figure; and different nations practised different styles.

But Aristarchus not only interpolated lines which had no business there
into the banquet of Menelaus, and by so doing made Homer make
representations inconsistent with the system of the Lacedæmonians, and
with the moderation of their king, but he also took away the singer from
the Cretan chorus, mutilating his song in the following manner:--

     The gazing multitudes admire around
     Two active tumblers in the centre bound;
     Now high, now low their pliant limbs they bend,
     And general songs the sprightly revel end.[297:1]

So that blunder of his in using the word ἐξάρχοντες is almost irremediable,
as the relation cannot after that possibly be brought back so as to
refer to the singer.

11. And it is not probable that there were any musical entertainments at
Menelaus's banquet, as is manifest from the fact of the whole time of
the banquet being occupied by the guests in conversation with one
another; and that there is no name mentioned as that of the minstrel;
nor is any lay mentioned which he sang; nor is it said that Telemachus
and his party listened to him; but they rather contemplated the house in
silence, as it were, and perfect quiet. And how can it be looked upon as
anything but incredible, that the sons of those wisest of men, Ulysses
and Nestor, should be introduced as such ignorant people as, like
clowns, not to pay the least attention to carefully prepared music? At
all events Ulysses himself attends to the Phæacian minstrels:--

     Ulysses gazed, astonish'd to survey
     The glancing splendours as their sandals play:--[297:2]

although he had plenty of things to distract his attention, and although
he could say--

     Now care surrounds me, and my force decays,
     Inured a melancholy part to bear,
     In scenes of death by tempest and by war.[297:3]

How then can we think Telemachus any better than a mere clown, when a
minstrel and a dancer are present, if he had bent silently towards
Pisistratus and gazed on nothing but the plate and furniture? But Homer,
like a good painter, makes Telemachus in every respect like his father;
and so he has made each of them easily recognised, the one by Alcinous,
and the other by Menelaus, by means of their tears.

12. But in the banquet of Epicurus there is an assembly of flatterers
praising one another. And Plato's banquet is full of mockers, cavilling
at one another; for I say nothing of the digression about Alcibiades.
But in Homer it is only banquets conducted with moderation which are
applauded; and on one occasion, a man addressing Menelaus says--

             I dare not in your presence speak,
     Whose voice we reverence as a voice divine.[298:1]

But he was reproving something which was either not said or not done
with perfect correctness--

     And now if aught there is that can be done,
     Take my advice; I grief untimely shun
     That interrupts the feast.[298:2]

And again, he says--

     O son of wise Ulysses, what a word
     has 'scaped thy ivory fence! . . . .

For it is not right for a man to be a flatterer, nor a mocker.

Again, Epicurus, in his banquet, inquires about indigestion, so as to
draw an omen from the answer: and immediately after that he inquires
about fevers; for why need I speak of the general want of rhythm and
elegance which pervades the whole essay? But Plato, (I say nothing about
his having been harassed by a cough, and about his taking care of
himself with constant gargling of water, and also by inserting a straw,
in order that he might excite his nose so as to sneeze; for his object
was to turn things into ridicule and to disparage them,) Plato, I say,
turns into ridicule the equalized sentences and the antitheses of
Agathon, and introduces Alcibiades, saying that he is in a state of
excitement. But still those men who write in this manner, propose to
expel Homer from their cities. But, says Demochares, "A spear is not
made of a stalk of savory," nor is a good man made so by such discourses
as these; and not only does he disparage Alcibiades, but he also runs
down Charmides, and Euthydemus, and many others of the young men. And
this is the conduct of a man ridiculing the whole city of the Athenians,
the Museum of Greece, which Pindar styled The Bulwark of Greece; and
Thucydides, in his Epigram addressed to Euripides, The Greece of Greece;
and the priest at Delphi termed it, The Hearth and Prytaneum of the
Greeks. And that he spoke falsely of the young men one may perceive from
Plato himself, for he says that Alcibiades, (in the dialogue to which he
has prefixed his name,) when he arrived at man's estate, then first
began to converse with Socrates, when every one else who was devoted to
the pleasures of the body fell off from him. But he says this at the
very beginning of the dialogue. And how he contradicts himself in the
Charmides any one who pleases may see in the dialogue itself. For he
represents Socrates as subject to a most unseemly giddiness, and as
absolutely intoxicated with a passion for Alcibiades, and as becoming
beside himself, and yielding like a kid to the impetuosity of a lion;
and at the same time he says that he disregarded his beauty.

13. But also the banquet of Xenophon, although it is much extolled,
gives one as many handles to blame it as the other. For Callias
assembles a banqueting party because his favourite Autolycus has been
crowned at the Panathenæa for a victory gained in the Pancratium. And as
soon as they are assembled the guests devote their attention to the boy;
and this too while his father is sitting by. "For as when light appears
in the night season it attracts the eyes of every one, so does the
beauty of Autolycus attract the eyes of everybody to itself. And then
there was no one present who did not feel something in his heart because
of him; but some were more silent than others, and some betrayed their
feelings by their gestures." But Homer has never ventured to say
anything of that sort, not even when he represents Helen as present;
concerning whose beauty though one of those who sat opposite to her did
speak, all he said, being overcome by the truth, was this--

     Sure 'tis no wonder such celestial charms
     For nine long years have set the world in arms.
     What winning graces, what majestic mien--
     She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen![299:1]

And then he adds--

     Yet hence, O heaven, convey that fatal face;
     And from destruction save the Trojan race.

But the young men who had come to Menelaus's court, the son of Nestor
and Telemachus, when over their wine, and celebrating a wedding feast,
and though Helen was sitting by, kept quite quiet in a decorous manner,
being struck dumb by her renowned beauty. But why did Socrates, when to
gratify some one or other he had tolerated some female flute-players,
and some boy dancing and playing on the harp, and also some women
tumbling and posture-making in an unseemly manner, refuse perfumes? For
no one would have been able to restrain his laughter at him,
recollecting these lines--

     You speak of those pale-faced and shoeless men,
     Such as that wretched Socrates and Chærephon.

And what followed after was very inconsistent with his austerity. For
Critobulus, a very well-bred young man, mocks Socrates, who was aged and
his tutor, saying he was much uglier than the Sileni; but he discusses
beauty with him, and selecting as judges the boy and the dancing woman,
makes the prize to be the kisses of the judges. Now what young man
meeting with this writing would not be corrupted rather than excited to

14. But in Homer, in the banquet of Menelaus, they propose to one
another questions as in ordinary conversation, and chatting with one
another like fellow-citizens, they entertain one another and us too.
Accordingly, Menelaus, when Telemachus and his friends come from the
bath-room, and when the tables and the dishes are laid, invites them to
partake of them, saying--

     Accept this welcome to the Spartan court;
     The waste of nature let the feast repair,
     Then your high lineage and your names declare:[300:1]--

and then he helps them to what he has before him, treating them in the
most friendly manner--

     Ceasing, benevolent he straight assigns
     The royal portion of the choicest chines
     To each accepted friend; with grateful haste
     They share the honours of the rich repast.

And they, eating in silence, as it becomes young men to do, converse
with one another, leaning forwards gently, not about the food, as Homer
tells us, nor about the maid-servants of him who had invited them, and
by whom, they had been washed, but about the riches of their

     Soft whispering thus to Nestor's son,
     His head reclined, young Ithacus begun:
     View'st thou unmoved, O ever honour'd most,
     These prodigies of art, and wondrous cost?
     Such, and not nobler, in the realms above
     Are the rich treasures in the dome of Jove.[301:1]

For that, according to Seleucus, is the best reading; and Aristarchus is
wrong when he writes--

     Such is the palace of Olympian Jove.

For they are not admiring the beauty of building alone; for how could
there be amber, and silver, and ivory in the walls? But they spoke
partly about the house, as when they used the expression "the sounding
house," for that is the character of large and lofty rooms; and they
spoke also of the furniture--

     Above, beneath, around the palace shines
     The sumless treasure of exhausted mines;
     The spoils of elephants the roofs inlay,
     And studded amber darts a golden ray.

So that it is a natural addition to say--

     Such are the treasures in the dome of Jove,
     Wondrous they are, and awe my heart doth move.

But the statement,

     Such is the palace of Olympian Jove,

has no connexion with--

     Wondrous they are . . . .

and it would be a pure solecism and a very unusual reading.

15. Besides, the word αὐλὴ is not adapted to a house; for a place
which the wind blows through is what is called αὐλὴ. And we say that a
place which receives the wind on both sides διαυλωνίζει. And so again,
αὐλὸς is an instrument through which the wind passes, (namely, a flute,)
and every figure which is stretched out straight we call αὐλὸς, as a
stadium, or a flow of blood--

     Straightway a thick stream (αὐλὸς) through the nostrils rush'd.

And we call a helmet also, when it rises up in a ridge out of the
centre, αὐλῶπις. And at Athens there are some sacred places called
αὐλῶνες, which are mentioned by Philochorus in his ninth book. And they
use the word in the masculine gender, ὁι αὐλῶνες, as Thucydides does in
his fourth book; and as, in fact, all prose writers do. But the poets
use it in the feminine gender. Carcines says in his Achilles--

     Βαθεῖαν εἰς αὐλῶνα--Into a deep ravine which surrounded the army.

And Sophocles, in his Scythians, writes--

     The crags and caverns, and the deep ravines
     Along the shore (ἐπακτίας αὐλῶνας).

And therefore we ought to understand that it is used as a feminine noun
by Eratosthenes in his Mercury--

     A deep ravine runs through (βαθὺς αὐλών),

instead of βαθεῖα, just as we find θῆλυς ἐέρση, where θῆλυς is feminine.
Everything of that kind then is called αὐλὴ or αὐλών; but at the present
day they call palaces αὐλαὶ, as Menander does--

     To haunt palaces (αὐλαὶ) and princes.

And Diphilus says--

     To haunt palaces (αὐλαὶ) is, it seems to me,
     The conduct of an exile, slave, or beggar.

And they got this name from having large spaces in front of their
buildings exposed to the open air, or else, because the guards of the
palace were stationed, and took their rest in the open air. But Homer
always classes the αὐλὴ among the places exposed to the air, where the
altar of Jupiter Herceus stood. And so Peleus is found--

     I and Ulysses touch'd at Peleus' port;
     There, in the centre of his grassy court,
     A bull to Jove he slew in sacrifice,
     And pour'd libations on the flaming thighs.[302:1]

And so Priam lay:--

     In the court-yard amid the dirt he roll'd.[302:2]

And Ulysses says to Phemius--

     Thou with the heav'n-taught bard in peace resort,
     From blood and carnage, to yon open court.[302:3]

But that Telemachus was praising not only the house, but also the riches
which it contained, is made plain by the reply of Menelaus--

     My wars, the copious theme of ev'ry tongue,
     To you your fathers have recorded long;
     How favouring Heav'n repaid my glorious toils
     With a sack'd palace and barbaric spoils.[303:1]

16. But we must return back to the banquet, in which Homer very
ingeniously devises a subject for conversation, by comparing the
acquisition of riches with that of a friend. For he does not put it
forward as a grave proposition for discussion, but Menelaus inserts it
in his conversation very gracefully, after he has heard them praise
himself and his good fortune; not denying that he is rich, but from that
very circumstance deprecating envy, for he says that he has acquired
those riches so that,

                When my woes are weigh'd,
     Envy will own the purchase dearly paid.[303:2]

He does not indeed think it right to compare himself with the gods--

     The monarch took the word, and grave replied--
     Presumptuous are the vaunts, and vain the pride
     Of man who dares in pomp with Jove contest,
     Unchanged, immortal, and supremely blest.

But then, after displaying his affectionate disposition as a brother,
and saying that he is compelled to live and to be rich, he opposes to
this the consideration of friendship--

     Oh, had the gods so large a boon denied,
     And life, the just equivalent, supplied
     To those brave warriors who, with glory fired,
     Far from their country in my cause expired.

Who could there be then of the descendants of those men who had died in
his cause, who would not think his grief for the death of his father as
fair a compensation as could be given by grateful recollection? But
still, that he may not appear to look upon them all in the same light,
though they had all equally shown their good-will to him, he adds--

     But oh! Ulysses,--deeper than the rest,
     That sad idea wounds my anxious breast;
     My heart bleeds fresh with agonising pain,
     The bowl and tasteful viands tempt in vain.

And that he may not seem to disregard any one of his family he names
them all separately--

                  Doubtful of his doom,
     His good old sire with sorrow to the tomb
     Declines his trembling steps; untimely care
     Withers the blooming vigour of his heir;
     And the chaste partner of his bed and throne
     Wastes all her widow'd hours in tender moan.

And while he is weeping at the recollection of his father, Menelaus
observes him; and, in the interim, Helen had come in, and she also
conjectured who Telemachus was from his likeness to Ulysses, (for women,
because of their habit of observing one another's modesty, are
wonderfully clever at detecting the likeness of children to their
parents,) and after Pisistratus had interfered with some observation,
(for it was not fitting for him to stand by like a mute on the stage,)
and said something appropriate and elegant about the modesty of
Telemachus; again Menelaus made mention of his affection for Ulysses,
that of all men in the world he was the one in whose companionship he
wished to grow old.

17. And then, as is natural, they all weep; and Helen, as being the
daughter of Jupiter, and as having learnt of the philosophers in Egypt
many expedients of all kinds, pours into some wine a medicinal panacea,
as it was in reality; and begins to relate some of the exploits of
Ulysses, while working at her loom in the meantime; not doing this so
much for the purpose of amusement, as because she had been bred up in
that way at home. And so Venus, coming to her after the single combat in
the Iliad, takes a form not her own--

     To her beset with Trojan beauties, came
     In borrow'd form the laughter-loving dame.
     She seem'd an ancient maid, well skill'd to cull
     The snowy fleece, and wind the twisted wool.[304:1]

And her industry is made manifest not in a merely cursory manner, in the
following description--

     In this suspense bright Helen graced the room;
     Before her breathed a gale of rich perfume;
     The seat of majesty Adraste brings,
     With art illustrious for the pomp of kings;
     To spread the pall, beneath the regal chair,
     Of softest woof, is bright Alcippe's care;
     A silver canister, divinely wrought,
     In her soft hands the beauteous Philo brought;
     To Sparta's queen of old the radiant vase
     Alcandra gave, a pledge of royal grace,
     Sharer of Polybus's high command,
     She gave the distaff too to Helen's hand,
     And that rich vase with living sculpture wrought,
     Which, heap'd with wool, the beauteous Philo brought;
     The silken fleece, impurpled for the loom,
     Rivall'd the hyacinth in vernal bloom.[305:1]

And she seems to be aware of her own proficiency in the art: at all
events, when she presents Telemachus with a robe, she says--

     Accept, dear youth, this monument of love,
     Long since, in better days, by Helen wove.
     Safe in thy mother's care the vesture lay,
     To deck thy bride, and grace thy nuptial day.[305:2]

And that fondness for employment proves her temperance and modesty. For
she is never represented as luxurious or arrogant, because of her
beauty. Accordingly, she is found at her loom weaving and embroidering--

     Her in the palace at the loom she found,
     The golden web her own sad story crown'd;
     The Trojan wars she weaved, (herself the prize,)
     And the dire triumph of her fatal eyes.[305:3]

18. And Homer teaches us that those who have been invited to a feast,
ought to ask leave of their entertainers before they rise up to depart.
And so Telemachus does to Menelaus--

     But now let sleep the painful waste repair,
     Of sad reflection and corroding care.[305:4]

And Minerva, when pretending to be Mentor, says to Nestor--

     Now immolate the tongues and mix the wine,
     Sacred to Neptune and the pow'rs divine:
     The lamp of day is quench'd beneath the deep,
     And soft approach the balmy hours of sleep;
     Nor fits it to prolong the heav'nly feast,
     Timeless, indecent; but retire to rest.[305:5]

And in the feasts of the gods it does not appear to have been considered
proper to remain too long at the table. Accordingly, Minerva says, very
sententiously, in Homer--

     For now has darkness quench'd the solar light,
     And it becomes not gods to feast by night.

And now there is a law in existence that there are some sacrificial
feasts from which men must depart before sunset. And among the Egyptians
formerly every kind of banquet was conducted with great moderation; as
Apollonius has said, who wrote a treatise on the feasts of the
Egyptians; for they ate in a sitting posture, using the very simplest
and most wholesome food; and only just as much wine as was calculated to
put them in cheerful spirits, which is what Pindar entreats of Jupiter--

       Oh mighty thund'ring Jove!
     Great Saturn's son, lord of the realms above,
       That I may be to thee and the nine Muses dear,
       That joy my heart may cheer;
     This is my prayer, my only prayer to thee.

But the banquet of Plato is not an assembly of grave men, nor a
conversazione of philosophers. For Socrates does not choose to depart
from the banquet, although Eryximachus, and Phædrus, and some others,
have already left it; but he stays till a late hour with Agathon and
Aristophanes, and drinks from the silver well; for fairly has some one
given this name to large cups. And he drinks out of the bowl cleverly,
like a man who is used to it. And Plato says, that after this those two
others began to nod, and that first of all Aristophanes fell asleep, and
when day began to break so did Agathon; and that Socrates, after he had
sent them both to sleep, rose up from table himself and went away to the
Lyceum, when he might, says Herodicus, have gone to Homer's

     Where he who scorns the chains of sleep to wear,
     And adds the herdsman's to the shepherd's care,
     His double toils may claim a double pay,
     And join the labours of the night and day.[306:1]

19. But every banqueting party among the ancients was referred to the
gods; and accordingly men wore garlands appropriate and peculiar to the
gods, and used hymns and odes. And there were no slaves to attend upon
the guests, but free youths acted as the cupbearers. So the son of
Menelaus, although he was the bridegroom, and at his own wedding, acted;
and in the poem of the beautiful Sappho, even Mercury acts as the
cupbearer to the gods. And they were free men who prepared everything
else for the guests. And after they had supped they went away while it
was still daylight. But at some of the Persian feasts there were also
councils held, as there were in the tent of Agamemnon with respect to
the further conduct of the Trojan war. Now as to the entertainment given
by Alcinous, to which the discourse of Ulysses refers where he says--

     How goodly seems it ever to employ
     Man's social days in union and in joy;
     The plenteous board high heap'd with cates divine,
     And o'er the foaming bowl the laughing wine;
     The heav'n-taught poet and enchanting strain,
     These are the products of a peaceful reign.[307:1]

He refers also especially to his reception of strangers, since the
Phæacians themselves were devoted to luxury: and yet if any one compares
that feast made by Alcinous with the banquets of the philosophers, he
will find that the better regulated of the two; although that also
embraced much cheerfulness and spirit, only not in any unbecoming
manner. For after the exhibition of gymnastics the bard sings--

     The loves of Mars,

a certain lay mingled with some ridiculous incidents, and one which
suggested to Ulysses some hints for the slaughter of the suitors; since
Vulcan, even though he was lame, got the better of the most valiant

20. And the feasters of that time sat at the table; at all events, Homer
very often says--

     Sitting in order on the chairs and couches.

For the word θρόνος, which he uses in this line, when taken by itself, is
a seat such as is used by free men, with a footstool, the name of which
being θρῆνυς, from thence they came to call the seat itself θρόνος, from
the verb θρήσασθαι, which they used for, to sit; as Philetas says--

     To sit (θρήσασθαι) on the ground under a plane-tree.

But the couch (κλισμὸς) was more adapted for reclining on; and the δίφρος
is something simpler than these things. Accordingly, in the book where
Ulysses appears as a beggar the servants place for him, as Homer tells

     A humble chair (δίφρος), and spread a scanty board.

But their goblets, as their name (κρατῆρες) indicates, were supplied full
of wine mixed with water (κεκραμένοι); and the youths ministered to them
from the larger goblets, always, in the case of the most honourable
of the guests, keeping their small cups full; but to the rest they
distributed the wine in equal portions. Accordingly Agamemnon says to

     To thee the foremost honours are decreed,
     First in the fight, and every graceful deed;
     For this in banquets, when the generous bowls
     Restore our blood, and raise our warrior souls,
     Though all the rest with stated rules are bound,
     Unmix'd, unmeasured are thy goblets crown'd.

And they used to pledge one another, not as we do, (for our custom may
be expressed by the verb προεκπίνω rather than by προπίνω,) but they drank
the entire bumper off--

     He fill'd his cup, and pledged great Peleus' son.

And how often they took meat, we have already explained--namely, that
they had three meals, because it is the same meal that was at one time
called δεῖπνον, and at another ἄριστον. For those men who say that they
used to take four meals a day, are ridiculously ignorant, since the poet
himself says--

     But do thou come δειελιήσας.

And these men do not perceive that this word means, "after having
remained here till evening." But, nevertheless, no one can show in the
poet one instance of any one taking food even three times in the day.
But many men are led into mistakes, placing these verses in the poet all

     They wash; the tables in fair order spread,
     They heap the glittering canisters with bread,
     Viands of various kinds allure the taste,
     Of choicest sort and savour; rich repast.[308:1]

For if the housekeeper placed the meats on the table, it is plain that
there was no need for the carver to bring in more, so that some of the
above description is superfluous. But when the guests had departed the
tables were removed, as is done at the feasts of the Suitors and of the
Phæacians, in whose case he says--

     The servants bore away the armour of the feast.

And it is plain that he means the dishes, for the word he uses is ἔντεα;
and it is that part of the armour which covers a man, such as his
breastplate, his greaves, and things like them which men call ἔντεα, as
being in front (ἄντια) of the parts of the body. And of the rooms in the
palaces of the heroes, those which were larger Homer calls μέγαρα, and
δώματα, and even κλισίας (tents). But the moderns call them ἀνδρῶνες (rooms
to receive men) and ξενῶνες (strangers' apartments).

21. What then, my friends, shall we call the entertainment which
Antiochus, who was surnamed Epiphanes, (but who was more rightly called
Epimanes[308:2] from his actions,) gave? Now he was king of the
Syrians, being one of the Seleucidæ. And Polybius says of him, "He,
escaping out of the palace without the knowledge of the attendants, was
often found with one or two companions wandering about the city wherever
he might chance to take it into his head to go. And he was, above all
other places, frequently found at the shops of the engravers of silver
and of the goldsmiths, conversing on the subject of their inventions
with, and inquiring into the principles of their art from, the engravers
and other artists. And besides this, he often used to go among the
common people, conversing with whomsoever he might chance to meet; and
he would drink with the lowest and poorest strangers. And whenever he
heard of any young men having a banquet, without having given any notice
of his intention, he would come to join in their feast with a flute and
music, behaving in a most lascivious manner; so that many used to rise
up and depart, being alarmed at his strange behaviour. Often, also, he
would lay aside his royal robes, and put on a common cloak, and so go
round the market, like a man who was a candidate for some office: and
taking some people by the hand, and embracing others, he would solicit
them to vote for him, sometimes begging to be made ædile, and sometimes
tribune; and when he was elected, sitting in his ivory curule chair,
according to the fashion which prevails among the Romans, he would hear
all the causes which were pleaded in the forum, and decide them with
great attention and earnestness, by which conduct he greatly perplexed
sensible men. For some thought him a man of very simple tastes, and
others considered him mad. And his conduct with respect to presents was
very much the same. For he would give some people dice of antelope's
bones, and some he would present with dates, and to others he would give
gold. And even if he met people in the street whom he had never seen, he
would give them presents unexpectedly. And in his sacrifices, which were
offered up in the different cities, and in the honours offered to the
gods, he surpassed all the kings who had ever existed. And any one may
conjecture this from the temple raised to Olympian Jupiter at Athens,
and from the statues around the altar at Delos. And he used to bathe in
the public baths, often when they were completely full of the citizens,
and then he would have earthen pans of the most expensive perfumes
brought to him. And on one of these occasions, when some one said to
him, "Happy are you kings, who use all these things and smell so sweet,"
he made the man no answer at the time; but coming the next day to the
place where he was bathing, he caused him to have a pan of the largest
size of that most precious ointment called στακτὴ poured over his head,
so that when that had been done, every one near got up and hastened to
get a little of the ointment, and as they fell down in their haste, by
reason of the slipperiness of the floor, every one laughed, as did the
king himself.

22. "And this same king," continues Polybius, "having heard of the games
which had been celebrated in Macedonia by Æmilius Paullus the Roman
general, wishing to surpass Paullus in his magnificence and liberality,
sent ambassadors and theori to the different cities to proclaim that
games were going to be exhibited by him at Daphne, so that the Greeks
all hastened with great eagerness to come to him to see them. And the
beginning of the exhibition was a splendid procession, arranged in this
way:--Some men led the way armed in the Roman fashion, in breastplates
of chain armour, all men in the flower of their youth, to the number of
five thousand; immediately after them, five thousand Mysians followed;
and then three thousand Cilicians, armed in the fashion of light-armed
skirmishers, having golden crowns; and after them three thousand
Thracians and five thousand Galatians; these were followed by twenty
thousand Macedonians, and by five thousand men armed with brazen
shields, and as many more with silver shields; they were followed by two
hundred and forty pair of gladiators to fight in single combat; behind
these came a thousand Nisæan cavalry, and three thousand men of the city
guard, the greatest part of whom had golden trappings and golden crowns,
but some had silver trappings; to these succeeded the cavalry who are
called the King's Companions; these amounted to one thousand men, all
equipped with golden trappings; next to these was the battalion of the
King's Friends, of the same number and the same equipment; after these a
thousand picked men; and they were followed by what was called the
Agema, which was considered to be the most excellent squadron of all the
cavalry, to the number of a thousand men; last of all came the Fenced
Cavalry, having its name from the fact that both men and horses were
completely enveloped in armour; they were in number fifteen hundred men.
And all the above-mentioned soldiers had purple cloaks, and many had
them also embroidered with gold or painted with figures of living
animals. Besides all this, there were a hundred chariots with six
horses, and forty with four horses; then a chariot drawn by four
elephants, and another by two; and last of all, six-and-thirty
elephants, all handsomely appointed, followed one by one.

23. "The rest of the procession was such as it is difficult adequately
to describe, and it must be enumerated in a summary manner. For youths
walked in the procession to the number of eight hundred, all having
golden crowns; and fat oxen to the number of one thousand; and
deputations to see to the performance of separate sacrifices, very
little short of three hundred; and there were eight hundred elephants'
teeth carried by, and such a multitude of statues as it is beyond any
one's power to enumerate. For images were carried in the procession of
all who are ever said or thought by men to be gods, or deities, or
demigods, or heroes; some gilt all over, and some arrayed in
golden-broidered robes. And to all of them suitable inscriptions
according to the accounts commonly received of them were attached,
carved in the most expensive materials. And they were followed by an
image of Night and another of Day; and of the Earth, and of Heaven, and
of Morning, and of Noon. And the vast quantity of gold plate and silver
plate was such as perhaps a man may form a guess at from the following
account. For a thousand slaves belonging to Dionysius the secretary and
amanuensis of the king joined in the procession, each carrying articles
of silver plate, of which there was not one weighing less than a
thousand drachmæ. And there were six hundred slaves belonging to the
king himself, carrying articles of gold plate. And besides them there
were women to the number of two hundred sprinkling every one with
perfumes out of golden waterpots. And they were succeeded by eighty
women magnificently apparelled, borne on palanquins with golden feet,
and five hundred borne on palanquins with silver feet. And this was the
most important portion of the procession.

24. "But after the games were over and the single combats and the
hunting, during the whole thirty days which he exhibited these shows, on
the first five days every one who came into the gymnasium was anointed
with a saffron perfume shed upon him out of golden dishes. And there
were fifteen of these golden dishes, full of equal quantities of
cinnamon and spikenard. And in a similar manner in the five next days
there was brought in essence of fenugreek, and of amaracus, and of
lilies, all differing in their scent; and some days there were laid a
thousand triclinia for the banquet; and some days fifteen hundred, all
laid in the most expensive possible manner. And the arrangement of the
whole business was superintended by the king himself. For having a very
fine horse he went up and down the whole procession, commanding some to
advance, and others to halt. And stopping at the entrances of the rooms
where the drinking was going on he brought some in, and to others he
assigned places on the couches. And he himself conducted in the
attendants who brought in the second course. And he went round the whole
banquet, sometimes sitting down in one place, and presently lying down
in another place. And sometimes even while he was eating he would lay
down what he was eating or his cup, and jump up, and go away to another
part of the room. And he would go all round the company, at times,
pledging some of the guests in a standing posture; and at times
entertaining himself with the jesters or with the music. And when the
entertainment had lasted a long time and many of the guests had gone
away, then the king would be brought in by buffoons, all covered up, and
laid on the ground as if he had been one of their band. And when the
music excited him, he would jump up and dance, and act with the mummers,
so that every one felt ashamed for him and fled away. And all this was
done partly with the treasure which he brought out of Egypt, having
plundered Ptolemy Philometor the king there, in defiance of his treaty
with him when he was but a little boy; and some of the money too was
contributed by his friends. And he had also sacrilegiously plundered
most of the temples in his dominions."

25. And while all the guests marvelled at the conduct of the king,
seeing that he was not illustrious but absolutely mad, Masurius brought
forward Callixenus the Rhodian, who in the fourth book of his History
of Alexandria has given an account of a spectacle and procession which
was exhibited by that most admirable of all monarchs, Ptolemy
Philadelphus. And he says--"But before I begin, I will give a
description of the tent which was prepared within the circuit of the
citadel, apart from the place provided for the reception of the
soldiers, and artisans, and foreigners. For it was wonderfully
beautiful, and worth hearing about. Its size was such as to be able to
hold a hundred and thirty couches placed in a circle, and it was
furnished in the following manner:--There were wooden pillars at
intervals, five on each side of the tent longwise, fifty cubits high,
and something less than one cubit broad. And on these pillars at the top
was a capital, of square figure, carefully fitted, supporting the whole
weight of the roof of the banqueting room. And over this was spread in
the middle a scarlet veil with a white fringe, like a canopy; and on
each side it had beams covered over with turreted veils, with white
centres, on which canopies embroidered all over the centre were placed.
And of the pillars four were made to resemble palm-trees, and they had
in the centre a representation of thyrsi. And on the outside of these a
portico ran, adorned with a peristyle on three sides, with a vaulted
roof. And in this place it was intended that the company of the feasters
should sit down. And the interior of it was surrounded with scarlet
curtains. But in the middle of the space there were strange hides of
beasts, strange both as to their variegated colour and their size,
suspended. And the part which surrounded this portico in the open air
was shaded by myrtle-trees and daphnes, and other suitable shrubs. And
the whole floor was strewed with flowers of every description. For
Egypt, on account of the temperate character of the atmosphere which
surrounds it, and on account of the fondness of the inhabitants for
gardening, produces in great abundance, and all the year round, those
things which in other countries are rarely found, and only at particular
seasons. And roses, and white lilies, and numberless other flowers are
never wanting in that country. On which account, though this
entertainment took place in the middle of winter, still there was a show
of flowers which was quite incredible to the foreigners. For flowers of
which one could not easily have found enough to make one chaplet in any
other city were supplied in the greatest abundance here, to make
chaplets for every one of the guests at this entertainment, and were
strewed thickly over the whole floor of the tent; so as really to give
the appearance of a most divine meadow.

26. "And by the posts round the entire tent there were placed animals
carved in marble by the first artists, a hundred in number. And in the
spaces between the posts there were pictures hung by the Sicyonian
painters; and alternately with these there were carefully selected
images of every kind; and garments embroidered with gold, and most
exquisite cloaks, some of them having portraits of the kings of Egypt
embroidered on them; and some, stories taken from the mythology. Above
them were placed gold and silver shields alternately; and on the spaces
above these shields, which were eight cubits high, caves were made, six
on each side of the tent longwise, and four at each end. There were
likewise in them representations of eating parties opposite to one
another, of tragic, and comic, and satyric animals, having on real
clothes. And before them were placed golden goblets. And in the middle
of the caves were placed nymphæa, and on them there lay golden Delphian
tripods, having pedestals of their own. And along the highest part of
the roof were golden eagles all facing one another, each fifteen cubits
large. There were also golden couches, with feet made like sphinxes, on
the two sides of the tent, a hundred on each side. For the front of the
tent was left open. And under these there were strewed purple carpets of
the finest wool, with the carpet pattern on both sides. And there were
handsomely embroidered rugs very beautifully elaborated on them. Besides
this, thin Persian cloths covered all the centre space where the guests
walked, having most accurate representations of animals embroidered on
them. And by them were placed tripods for the guests, made of gold, two
hundred in number, so that there were two for every couch, and they
rested on silver pedestals. And behind, out of sight, there were a
hundred flat dishes of silver, and an equal number of lavers. On the
opposite side of the sitting-room there was fixed another sideboard,
opposite to that on which the cups and goblets were placed; and on that
were all the rest of the things which had been prepared for, or could
come into use. And they were all made of gold, and studded with precious
stones; admirably carved and wrought. And it has appeared to me too
long a task to undertake to enumerate every article of the furniture,
and even all the different kinds separately. But the entire weight of
all the plate and valuables there exhibited came to ten thousand

27. "But now that we have gone over everything that was to be seen in
the tent, we will proceed to the shows and processions exhibited. For it
passed through the stadium which there is in the city. And first of all
went the procession of Lucifer. For it began at the time when that star
first appears. After that came the procession which bore the name of the
parents of the kings. And next came the processions sacred to all the
gods respectively, each having an arrangement appropriate to the history
of each separate deity. Last of all came the procession of Hesperus, as
the hour of that one starting coincided with that time. But if any one
wishes to know the separate particulars, he may take the description of
the quinquennial games and consider them. But in the Dionysiac
procession first of all there went the Sileni who keep off the
multitude, some clad in purple cloaks, and some in scarlet ones. And
these were followed by Satyrs, twenty in each division of the stadium,
bearing gilded lamps made of ivy-wood. And after them came images of
Victory, having golden wings, and they bore in their hands
incense-burners six cubits in height, adorned with branches made of
ivy-wood and gold, clad in tunics embroidered with figures of animals,
and they themselves also had a great deal of golden ornament about them.
And after them there followed an altar of six cubits in height, a double
altar, covered all over with ivy-leaves gilded, having a crown of
vine-leaves on it all gold, enveloped in bandages with white centres.
And that was followed by boys in purple tunics, bearing frankincense,
and myrrh, and saffron, on golden dishes. And after them came forty
Satyrs, crowned with ivy-garlands made of gold. And they were painted as
to their bodies, some with purple, some with vermilion, and some with
other colours. And these also wore each a golden crown made to imitate
vine-leaves and ivy-leaves. And after them came two Sileni in purple
cloaks and white fringes to them. And one of them had a petasus and a
golden caduceus, and the other had a trumpet. And between them went a
man of gigantic size, four cubits high, in a tragical dress and
ornaments, bearing the golden horn of Amalthea. And his name was
Eniautos.[316:1] And he was followed by a woman of great beauty and of
more than ordinary size, adorned with quantities of gold and a superb
dress; bearing in one of her hands a garland of peach blossoms, and in
her other hand a branch of the palm-tree. And she was called
Penteteris.[316:2] And she was succeeded by the Four Seasons dressed in
character, and each of them bearing its appropriate fruits. Next to them
came two incense-burners made of ivy-wood, covered with gold, and six
cubits in height, and a large square golden altar in the middle of them.
And then again Satyrs, having garlands of ivy-leaves made of gold, and
clad in purple robes. And some of them bore golden wine-jars, and others
bore goblets. After them marched Philiscus the poet, being a priest of
Bacchus, and with him all the artisans who were concerned in the service
of Bacchus. And next to them were carried the Delphian tripods, as
prizes for the trainers of the athletes; the one for the trainer of the
boys nine cubits in height, and the other, twelve cubits in height, for
the trainer of the men.

28. "After them was a four-wheeled wagon fourteen cubits long, and eight
cubits wide; and it was drawn by a hundred and eighty men; and in it was
placed an image of Bacchus ten cubits high, pouring libations of wine
out of a golden goblet, having on a purple tunic reaching down to the
feet; and he was clad in a purple garment embroidered with gold; and in
front of him there lay a golden Lacedæmonian goblet, holding fifteen
measures of wine, and a golden tripod, in which was a golden
incense-burner, and two golden bowls, full of cassia and saffron; and a
shade covered it round adorned with ivy-leaves, and vine-leaves, and all
sorts of other green leaves; and to it were fastened chaplets, and
fillets, and thyrsi, and drums, and turbans, and satyric and comic and
tragic masks. And the wagon was followed by priests and priestesses, and
newly initiated votaries, and by companies of every nation, and by
people bearing the mystic fan. And after this came the Bacchanalian
women, called Macetæ, and Mimallones, and Bassaræ, and Lydians, with
dishevelled hair, and wearing garlands, some of snakes, and others of
branches of yew and of vine-leaves and ivy-leaves, and some held
daggers in their hands, and others held snakes. And after them another
four-wheeled wagon was drawn, of the width of eight cubits, and it was
drawn by sixty men; and in it was a statue of Nysa, of eight cubits
high, in a sitting posture, clothed in a box-coloured tunic embroidered
with gold, and it was also clad in a Laconian cloak; and this statue
rose up by mechanism, without any one applying his hand to it; and it
poured libations of milk out of a golden bottle, and then it sat down
again; and in its left hand it bore a thyrsus wrapped round with
turbans, and it was crowned with a garland of ivy-leaves, made of gold,
and with gorgeous bunches of grapes inlaid with precious stones; and it
had a parasol over it; and on the corners of the wagon were fastened
four golden lamps.

"And next to that another four-wheeled wagon was drawn along, twenty
cubits in length and sixteen in width, and it was drawn by three hundred
men. And on it there was a wine-press twenty-four cubits in length and
fifteen in breadth, full of grapes; and sixty Satyrs were trampling on
the grapes, singing a song in praise of the wine-press, to the music of
a flute. And Silenus presided over them; and the new wine ran out over
the whole road. Next to that was drawn along a wagon, twenty-five cubits
long and fourteen broad; and that was drawn by six hundred men. And on
this wagon was a sack holding three thousand measures of wine,
consisting of leopards' skins, sewn together. And this too allowing its
liquor to escape, gradually flowed over the whole road. And it was
followed by Satyri and Sileni, to the number of a hundred and twenty,
all wearing garlands, and carrying some casks of wine, and some bowls,
and some large Thericlean goblets, all made of gold.

29. And next to that was carried a silver vessel containing six hundred
measures of wine, being drawn on a four-wheeled wagon by six hundred
men. And under its lips, and under its ears, and under its bottom, it
had figures of animals engraved; and in the middle it was crowned with a
golden crown, inlaid with precious stones. Next to that there were
carried two silver goblets, twelve cubits in circumference and six
cubits in height; and these had figures standing out in relief above,
and also on their round parts all round. And on their feet they had
chased figures of animals two cubits and a half long and a cubit high,
in great numbers: and ten large bathing-vessels, and sixteen ewers, of
which the larger ones contained thirty measures, and the smaller ones
five; then six kettles, and twenty-four banoti,[318:1] on five
side-boards; and two silver wine-presses, on which were twenty-four
urns; and a table of solid silver twelve cubits round; and thirty other
tables six cubits each in circumference: and in addition to this, four
tripods, one of which was sixteen cubits in circumference, and was made
entirely of silver; but the other three, which were less, were studded
with precious stones in the middle. And after these there were carried
some Delphic tripods, made of silver, eighty in number, smaller than
those previously described, being also of a square, or four-cornered
shape. And six-and-twenty water-cans, and sixteen Panathenaic jars, and
a hundred and sixty wine-coolers, the largest of which contained six
measures, and the smallest contained two; and all these were made of

30. "And next to them, those men followed in the procession who carried
the articles of gold-plate,--four Lacedæmonian goblets, having crowns on
them made to represent vine-leaves, each containing four measures; and
two of Corinthian workmanship placed on sideboards, and these had
figures of animals in richly chased work of great beauty, in a sitting
posture, and on their necks and on their bellies were other reliefs
curiously wrought, and each of them contained eight measures. And there
was a wine-press in which there were ten urns, and two jars, each
holding five measures, and two flagons, each holding two measures, and
twenty-two wine-coolers, the largest of which contained thirty measures,
and the smallest one measure. There were also exhibited four large
golden tripods, and a large sideboard for gold plate, that being also
made of gold itself and studded with precious stones, ten cubits in
height, having six rows of shelves in it, on which were figures of
animals of the size of four palms, most exquisitely wrought, in very
great numbers; and two goblets, and two crystal goblets mounted in gold;
and four more sideboards, two of them four cubits high; and three others
which were smaller, and ten water-cans, and an altar three cubits high,
and twenty-five dishes for holding barley loaves.

"After this had been carried by, there walked sixteen hundred boys clad
in white tunics, and crowned some with ivy, and some with pine, of whom
two hundred and fifty carried golden choes, and four hundred carried
silver ones; and of the rest three hundred and twenty carried golden
wine-coolers, and some carried silver ones. And after them other boys
carried jars, for the purpose of drinking sweet wine out of; twenty of
which were gold, and fifty silver, and three hundred were painted with
every kind of colour and hue; and all the spectators who were present in
the stadium took a moderate draught of the sweet wine, which was mixed
in these ewers and firkins."

31. After these things he enumerates tables four cubits high, on which
were many things worth looking at, which were all carried round for the
spectators to see, being beautifully wrought. "And among them was a
representation of the bed-chamber of Semele, in which were seen statues
clad in golden tunics, inlaid with precious stones of the greatest
value. And it would not be right to pass over this four-wheeled wagon,
of the length of twenty-two cubits and of the breadth of fourteen, drawn
by five hundred men. And on it was a cave exceedingly deep, overgrown
with ivy and yew, and out of it flew doves, and pigeons, and
turtle-doves, all along the road as the wagon proceeded, having their
feet tied with slight threads, so as to be easily caught by the
spectators. And out of the cave there also rose two fountains, one of
milk and one of wine, and around it all the nymphs had garlands of gold,
and Mercury had a golden herald's wand, and very superb raiment. And on
another four-wheeled wagon, on which the return of Bacchus from the
Indians was represented, there was a figure of Bacchus twelve cubits
high, riding upon an elephant, clad in a purple robe, and having on a
crown of vine-leaves, and ivy-leaves of gold, and bearing in his hands a
spear like a thyrsus, made also of gold; and he wore sandals embroidered
with golden figures. And there sat before him, on the neck of the
elephant, a Satyr five cubits in height, crowned with a chaplet of
golden pine-leaves, and holding in his right hand a goat's horn made of
gold, with which he appeared to be blowing signals. And the elephant had
golden furniture; and on his neck he had a crown of ivy-leaves made of
gold; and he was followed by five hundred maidens dressed in purple
tunics, with golden girdles; and those who went first, to the number of
a hundred and twenty, wore crowns of pine-leaves made of gold; and they
were succeeded by a hundred and twenty Satyrs clad in complete armour,
some of silver and some of brass. And after them there marched five
troops of asses, on which rode Sileni and Satyri, all wearing crowns.
And of the asses some had gold and some silver frontlets and furniture.

32. "And after them came twenty-four chariots drawn by four elephants
each, and sixty chariots each drawn by a pair of goats, and twelve
chariots by antelopes, and seven by oryxes, and fifteen by buffaloes,
eight by pairs of ostriches, and seven by gnus, and four by pairs of
zebras, and four chariots also drawn each by four zebras. And on all
these animals rode boys wearing the garments of charioteers, and the
broad hats called petasi; and besides them were smaller boys still,
armed with little peltæ, and thyrsi-spears, and they also were dressed
in golden-broidered garments; and the boys who were acting as
charioteers were crowned with pine-leaf chaplets, and the smaller boys
with ivy-leaves. And besides this there were three pair of camels, on
either side three, and they were followed by cars drawn by mules; and
these had on them barbaric palanquins, on which sat women from India and
other countries, habited as prisoners. And of the camels, some bore
three hundred minæ weight of frankincense, and three hundred of myrrh,
and two hundred of saffron, and cassia, and cinnamon, and iris, and two
hundred of other spices. And next to them came some Æthiopians bearing
presents, some of whom carried six hundred elephant's tusks, and others
carried two thousand fagots of ebony, and others carried sixty gold and
silver goblets, and a quantity of gold-dust. And after them came two
huntsmen, having hunting-spears with golden points; and twenty-four
hundred dogs were led in the procession, some Indian dogs, and others
Hyrcanian and Molossian hounds, and hounds of other breeds too.

"After them came a hundred and fifty men carrying trees from which were
suspended birds and beasts of every imaginable country and description;
and then were carried a lot of cages, in which were parrots, and
peacocks, and guinea-fowls, and pheasants, and other Æthiopian birds in
great numbers."

And when he had mentioned many other things, and enumerated herds of
animals, he continued, "A hundred and thirty Æthiopian sheep, three
hundred Arabian sheep, twenty Eubœan sheep, some white hornless
cattle, six-and-twenty Indian cows, eight Æthiopian oxen, one immense
white bear, fourteen leopards, sixteen panthers, four lynxes, three
arceti, one cameleopard, and one rhinoceros from Æthiopia.

33. "And after these beasts came an image of Bacchus flying to the altar
of Rhea when he was pursued by Juno, having on a golden crown, Priapus
standing by him crowned with a crown of ivy-leaves of gold, and the
statue of Juno had also a golden crown on its head. And there were
images of Alexander and of Ptolemy, crowned with chaplets of ivy-leaves
made of gold. And the statue of Virtue, which stood by the side of that
of Ptolemy, had a golden crown of olive-leaves. And Priapus was with
them, having a crown of ivy-leaves made of gold. And the city of Corinth
had a large image there, standing by the side of Ptolemy, and that also
wore a golden diadem; and by all these lay a large golden beaufet full
of articles of gold plate, and a golden goblet containing five measures.
And this wagon was followed by women having very sumptuous dresses and
ornaments, and they bore the names of cities, some of cities of Ionia,
and other Grecian towns, as many as, occupying the islands, and the
coast of Asia, were made subject to the Persians; and they all wore
golden crowns. And on other chariots there was borne a golden thyrsus
ninety cubits long, and a silver spear sixty cubits long; and on another
a golden phallus, a hundred and twenty cubits long, chased all over, and
wreathed with golden garlands, having on the end a golden star, the
circumference of which was six cubits.

"Now in all the numerous things which we have enumerated as forming part
of this procession, we have selected those only in which gold and silver
were contained. But there were numerous other articles and parts of the
exhibition well worth seeing, and vast numbers of beasts and of horses,
and twenty-four enormous lions. There were also other four-wheeled
wagons in great numbers, bearing not only statues of kings, but also
full of images of the gods. And after them proceeded a band of six
hundred men, among whom were three hundred harp-players playing on their
instruments, having harps made entirely of gold, and golden crowns on
their heads; and after them came two thousand bulls all of the same
colour, with gilded horns, and having frontlets of gold, and crowns in
the middle of their foreheads, and necklaces and breastplates on their
necks and chests, and these were all made of gold.

34. "And after this came a procession in honour of Jupiter and of many
other gods; and after all these, came a procession in honour of
Alexander, who had a golden statue borne on a chariot drawn by real
elephants, having Victory and Minerva on each side of him. And numbers
of thrones were borne in the procession, made of ivory and gold, on one
of which lay a crown of gold; on another a pair of horns made of gold;
on another was a golden chaplet; and on another a single horn made of
solid gold. And on the throne of Ptolemy Soter lay a crown which had
been made of ten thousand pieces of gold money. And there were also
carried in the procession three hundred and fifty golden incense
burners, and golden altars, all crowned with golden crowns, on one of
which were firmly placed four golden lamps ten cubits high. There were
also carried twelve stoves with golden tops, one of which was twelve
cubits in circumference, and forty cubits in height; and another was
fifteen cubits high. There were also carried nine Delphic tripods made
of gold, each four cubits high, and eight others six cubits high;
another thirty cubits high, on which were figures of animals carved in
gold, four cubits high, and a crown of vine-leaves of gold going all
round. There were also carried in the procession seven palm-trees
overlaid with gold, eight cubits high, and a golden herald's staff
forty-five cubits long, and a thunderbolt overlaid with gold forty
cubits in size, and a gilt shrine, the circumference of which was forty
cubits; and besides all this, a pair of horns eight cubits long. And an
immense number of gilded figures of animals was also exhibited, the
greater part of which were twelve cubits high; and beasts of enormous
size, and eagles twenty cubits high. And golden crowns were also
exhibited to the number of three thousand and two hundred. And there was
a separate mystic crown made of gold studded with valuable stones,
eighty cubits high. This was the crown which was placed at the door of
the temple of Berenice; and there was also an ægis of gold. There were
also exhibited a vast number of golden chaplets, which were borne by
young maidens sumptuously attired, one of which was two cubits high, and
sixteen cubits in circumference.

"There was also exhibited a golden breastplate twelve cubits broad, and
another breastplate of silver eighteen cubits broad, having on it two
golden thunderbolts of the size of ten cubits each, and a garland of
oak-leaves studded with precious stones; and twenty golden shields, and
sixty-four suits of complete armour also of gold, and two golden greaves
three cubits in height, and twelve golden dishes, and a most countless
number of flagons, and thirty-six vessels for wine, and ten large
anointing vessels, and twelve ewers, and fifty large dishes for barley
loaves, and tables of different sorts, and five repositories for gold
plate, and a horn thirty cubits long made of solid gold. And all these
articles of gold plate were exclusive of those carried in the procession
of Bacchus. Then there were four hundred wagons of silver plate, and
twenty wagons of gold plate, and eight hundred of perfumes and spices.

35. "And after all these things came a procession of troops, both
cavalry and infantry, all armed and appointed in a most superb manner:
infantry to the number of fifty-seven thousand six hundred; and cavalry
to the number of twenty-three thousand two hundred. And all these
marched in the procession, all clad in suitable apparel, and all having
their appropriate armour; and there were also great numbers of suits of
armour besides lying for inspection, too numerous for any one to count,
(but Callixenus has made a catalogue of them;) and they were also
crowned in the assembly with twenty golden crowns. And first of all
Ptolemy and Berenice were crowned with twenty-three, standing on golden
chariots, in the sacred precincts of Dodona. And the expense of money
which was incurred on this occasion, amounted to two thousand two
hundred and thirty-nine talents, and fifty minæ; and this was all
counted by the clerks of the treasury, owing to the eagerness[323:1] of
those who had given the crowns, before the spectacle came to an end. But
Ptolemy Philadelphus, their son, was crowned with twenty golden crowns,
two of them on golden chariots, and one six cubits high on a pillar, and
five five cubits high, and six four cubits high."

36. Now my friends and fellow-banqueters, what kingdom ever possessed
such quantities of gold as this? For Egypt did not acquire all this by
taking money from the Persians and from Babylon, or by working mines, or
by having a river Pactolus, bearing down gold-dust in its waters. For
its only river is that which can really be called the Golden Stream--the
Nile, which together with its boundless supplies of food does bring down
gold without alloy, which is dug up out of the soil without danger, in
quantities sufficient for all men, diffused over the whole soil like the
gifts of Triptolemus. On which account the Byzantine poet, who had the
name of Parmeno given to him, says--

     O god of Egypt, mighty Nile.

But king Philadelphus surpassed most kings in riches; and he pursued
every kind of manufacturing and trading art so zealously, that he also
surpassed every one in the number of his ships. Now the largest ships
which he had were these:--two of thirty banks of oars, one of twenty,
four of thirteen, two of twelve, fourteen of eleven, thirty of nine,
thirty-seven of seven, five of six, seventeen of five. And from
quadriremes down to light half-decked triremes, for purposes of war, he
had twice as many as all these put together. And the vessels which were
sent to the different islands and to the other cities under his
dominion, and to Libya, amounted to more than four thousand. And
concerning the numbers of his books, and the way in which he furnished
his libraries, and the way in which he collected treasures for his
Museum, why need I speak? for every one remembers all these things.

37. But since we have mentioned the subject of the building of ships,
let us speak (for it is worth hearing of) of the ships which were built
also by Ptolemy Philopator, which are mentioned by the same Callixenus
in the first book of his Account of Alexandria, where he speaks as
follows:--"Philopator built a ship with forty ranks of rowers, being two
hundred and eighty cubits long and thirty-eight cubits from one side to
the other; and in height up to the gunwale it was forty-eight cubits;
and from the highest part of the stern to the water-line was fifty-three
cubits; and it had four rudders, each thirty cubits long; and oars for
the thranitæ, the largest thirty-eight cubits in length, which, from
having lead in their handles, and because they were very heavy in the
part inside the ship, being accurately balanced, were, in spite of their
bulk, very handy to use. And the ship had two heads and two sterns, and
seven beaks, one of which was longer than all the rest, and the others
were of smaller size; and some of them were fixed to the ears of the
ship; and it had twelve undergirths to support the keel, and each was
six hundred cubits in length. And it was well proportioned to a most
extraordinary degree; and all the appointments of the vessel were
admirable, for it had figures of animals on it not less than twelve
cubits in size, both at the head and at the stern, and every part of it
was inlaid and ornamented with figures in wax; and the space between the
oars down to the very keel had a running pattern of ivy-leaves and
thyrsi; and there was a great store of every kind of equipment to supply
all parts of the ship that might require any.[325:1] And when it put to
sea it held more than four thousand rowers, and four hundred
supernumeraries; and on the deck were three thousand marines, or at
least two thousand eight hundred and fifty. And besides all these there
was another large body of men under the decks, and a vast quantity of
provisions and supplies. And the vessel was launched originally from a
sort of framework, which they say was erected and made out of the wood
of fifty ships of five ranks of oars; and it was launched by the
multitude with great acclamations and blowing of trumpets. But after
that a Phœnician devised a new method of launching it, having dug a
trench under it, equal to the ship itself in length, which he dug close
to the harbour. And in the trench he built props of solid stone five
cubits deep, and across them he laid beams crosswise, running the whole
width of the trench, at four cubits' distance from one another; and then
making a channel from the sea he filled all the space which he had
excavated with water, out of which he easily brought the ship by the aid
of whatever men happened to be at hand; then closing the entrance which
had been originally made, he drained the water off again by means of
engines; and when this had been done the vessel rested securely on the
before-mentioned cross-beams.

38. "Philopator also built a vessel for the river which he called
Thalamegus, or the Carrier of his Bed-chamber, in length half a stadium,
and in width at the broadest part thirty cubits; and the height together
with the frame for the awning was little short of forty cubits. And its
appearance was not exactly like ships of war, nor merchant vessels
either, but it was something different from both, on account of the
necessity imposed by the depth of the river. For below it was flat and
broad; but in its main hull it was high. And the parts at the extremity,
and especially at the head, extended a sufficient length, so as to
exhibit a very pretty and elegant sweep. This ship also had two heads
and two sterns. And it rose to a considerable height above the water, as
was necessary, because the waves in the river often rise very high. And
in the middle of its hull were constructed banqueting-rooms and
sleeping-rooms, and everything else which may be convenient for living
in. And round the ship were double corridors running about three sides,
each of which was not less than five plethra in circumference. And the
arrangement of the lower one was like a peristyle, and that in the upper
part was covered in, and surrounded with walls and windows on all sides.
And when you first came into the vessel by the stern your eye was met by
a colonnade, open in front, and surrounded by pillars. And opposite to
it in the bow of the vessel there was a sort of propylæum constructed,
made of ivory and most expensive woods. And after you had passed through
that, then you came to something like a proscenium, covered in overhead.
And again in the same way in the middle of the vessel was another
colonnade, open behind, and an entrance of four folding-doors led to it.
And both on the right hand and on the left there were windows, admitting
a pleasant breeze.

"To these was joined a room of very large size, and that was adorned
with pillars all round, and it was capable of containing twenty couches.
And the greater part of it was made of split cedar, and of Milesian
cypress. And the doors which were round it, being twenty in number, were
put together with beams of citron wood, having ivory ornaments. And all
the nails and fastenings which were visible were made of red brass,
which had taken a polish like that of gold from the fire. And of the
pillars the bodies were of cypress-wood, but the capitals were of
Corinthian workmanship, adorned with ivory and gold. The whole of the
capitals of the pillars were of gold; and there was a sort of girdle on
them having figures of animals beautifully carved in ivory, more than a
cubit high, of which the workmanship was not so conspicuous as the
exquisite beauty of the materials. There was a beautiful roof to the
banqueting-room, square, and made of cypress wood. And its ornaments
were all carved, having a golden face. Next to this banqueting-chamber
was a sleeping-chamber holding seven couches; and to that there was
joined a narrow passage, which separated the woman's chamber from this
one by the width of the hold. And by the passage was a banqueting-room
holding nine couches, very like the large one in the sumptuousness of
its furniture; and a bed-chamber holding five couches. As to the rooms
then on the first deck this was the general appearance presented.

39. "But when you had ascended by the stairs which were close to the
before-mentioned sleeping chamber, there was another chamber capable of
containing five couches, having a vaulted oblong roof. And near to it
was a temple of Venus, in form like a rotunda, in which was a marble
statue of the goddess. And opposite to this was another banqueting-room,
very sumptuous, adorned all round with columns: for the columns were all
made of Indian stone. And near to this banqueting-room were more
sleeping-chambers, with furniture and appointments corresponding to what
has been already mentioned. And as you went on towards the head of the
vessel was another apartment dedicated to Bacchus, capable of holding
thirteen couches, surrounded with pillars, having its cornices all gilt
as far down as the epistyle which ran round the room, but the roof
corresponded to the character of the god. And in it there was on the
right hand a large cave constructed, the colour of which was stone, for
in fact it was made of real stone and gold; and in it images were placed
of all the relations of the king, made of the stone called lychnites.
And there was another banqueting-room, very pleasant, above the roof of
the greatest apartment, having an arrangement like that of a tent, so
that some of it had no actual roof; but there were arched and vaulted
beams running along the top at intervals, along which purple curtains
were stretched whenever the vessel was in motion. And after this there
was an open chamber occupying the same room above that was occupied by
the portico before mentioned as being below. And a winding ladder
joined on to it, leading to the secret walk, and a banqueting-room
capable of containing nine couches, constructed and furnished in the
Egyptian style. For round pillars were run up in it, with alternate
tambours of white and black, all placed in parallel lines. And their
heads were of round shape; and the whole of the figures round them were
engraved like roses a little expanded. And round that part which is
called the basket there were not tendrils and rough leaves, as is the
case in Grecian pillars, but calyxes of the river-lotus, and the fruit
of newly budding dates. And sometimes many other kinds of flowers were
also represented. And under the roof of the capital which lies upon the
tambour, where it joins on to the head, there were ornaments like the
flower leaves of the Egyptian bean intertwined together. This then is
the way in which the Egyptians construct and ornament their pillars, and
this is the way in which they variegate their walls with black and white
bricks: and sometimes also they employ the stone which is called
alabaster. And there were many other ornaments all over the main hull of
the vessel, and over the centre, and many other chambers and divisions
in every part of it.

"And the mast of this vessel was seventy cubits in height, and it had a
linen sail, adorned with a purple fringe. And the whole of the wealth
which had been so carefully preserved by king Philadelphus was
dissipated by the last Ptolemy, who also excited the war against
Gabinius, who was not a man, but a mere flute-player and conjuror."

40. But concerning the ship built by Hiero, the tyrant of Syracuse,
which also Archimedes the geometrician superintended, I do not think it
right to be silent, since a certain man named Moschion has given a
description of it, which I read over with great care very lately.

Moschion, then, writes as follows:--"Diocles, a citizen of Abdera,
speaks with great admiration of the engine called Helepolis, which was
brought by Demetrius against the city of the Rhodians, and applied to
their walls. And Timæus extols highly the funeral pile made for
Dionysius the tyrant of Sicily. And Hieronymus lavishes his admiration
on the building and adorning of the chariot in which the body of
Alexander was borne to the tomb. And Polycletus speaks in high terms of
the candlestick which was made for the king of Persia. But Hiero, the
king of the Syracusans, who was in every respect a friend to the Romans,
was very attentive to the furnishing of temples and gymnasia; and was
also very earnest in ship-building, having built a great number of
vessels to carry corn; the construction of one of which I will describe.
For the wood, he caused such a number of trees to be cut down on Mount
Ætna as would have been sufficient for sixty triremes, and when this was
done he prepared nails, and planks for the sides and for the inside, and
wood for every other purpose that could be required, some from Italy and
some from Sicily. And for ropes he provided cordage from Spain, and
hemp, and pitch from the river Rhone; and he collected great quantities
of useful things from all quarters. And he collected also shipwrights
and other artisans. And having appointed Archias the Corinthian the
superintendent of them all, and the principal architect, he bade them
labour at the construction with zeal and earnestness, he himself also
devoting his days to watching its progress. And in this way he finished
half the ship in six months; and every part of the vessel as soon as it
was finished was immediately covered over with plates of lead. And there
were three hundred workmen employed in working up the timber, besides
the subordinate journeymen whom they had to assist them. And it was
arranged to draw this portion that was done so far down to the sea, that
it might receive the last finishing strokes there. And when there was a
great inquiry as to the best method of launching it into the sea,
Archimedes the mechanician launched it by himself with the aid of a few
persons. For having prepared a helix he drew this vessel, enormous as it
was, down into the sea. And Archimedes was the first person who ever
invented this helix. But after the remainder of the ship had also been
completed in six months more, and it had been surrounded all round with
brazen nails, the greater part of which weighed ten minæ, and the rest
were half as big again--(and they were driven in through holes made
beforehand by gimlets, so as to hold the planks firm; and they were
fastened to the wood with leaden plugs; pieces of cloth being put under,
impregnated with pitch)--after, I say, Hiero had completed the external
figure of the vessel, he laboured at the interior.

41. "And the vessel was constructed with twenty banks of oars, and
three entrances, having the lowest entrance leading to the hold, to
which the descent was by two ladders of many steps each: and the next
was contrived for those who wished to go down to the eating-rooms: and
the third was for the armed men. And on each side of the middle entrance
were apartments for the men, each with four couches in them, thirty in
number. And the supper-room for the sailors was capable of holding
fifteen couches, and it had within it three chambers, each containing
three couches; and the kitchen was towards the stern of the ship. And
all these rooms had floors composed of mosaic work, of all kinds of
stones tesselated. And on this mosaic the whole story of the Iliad was
depicted in a marvellous manner. And in all the furniture and the
ceilings and the doors everything was executed and finished in the same
admirable manner. And along the uppermost passage was a gymnasium and
walks, having their appointments in all respects corresponding to the
size of the vessel. And in them were gardens of all sorts of most
wonderful beauty, enriched with all sorts of plants, and shaded by roofs
of lead or tiles. And besides this there were tents roofed with boughs
of white ivy and of the vine, the roots of which derived their moisture
from casks full of earth, and were watered in the same manner as the
gardens. And the tents themselves helped to shadow the walks. And next
to these things was a temple devoted to Venus, containing three couches,
with a floor of agate and other most beautiful stones, of every sort
which the island afforded. And its walls and its roof were made of
cypress-wood, and its doors of ivory and citron-wood. And it was
furnished in the most exquisite manner with pictures and statues, and
with goblets and vases of every form and shape imaginable.

42. "And next to that was a drawing-room capable of containing five
couches, with its walls and doors made of box-wood, having a book-case
in it, and along the roof a clock, imitated from the dial at Achradina.
And there was also a bath-room, capable of containing three couches,
having three brazen vessels for holding hot water, and a bath containing
five measures of water, beautifully variegated with Tauromenian marble.
And many rooms were also prepared for the marines, and for those who
looked to the pumps. And besides all this there were ten stalls for
horses on each side of the walls; and by them the fodder for the horses
was kept, and the arms and furniture of the horsemen and of the boys.
There was also a cistern near the head of the ship, carefully shut, and
containing two thousand measures of water, made of beams closely
compacted with pitch and canvass. And next to the cistern there was a
large water-tight well for fish, made so with beams of wood and lead.
And it was kept full of sea-water, and great numbers of fish were kept
in it. And on each side of the walls there were also projecting beams,
placed at well-proportioned intervals; and to these were attached stores
of wood, and ovens, and baking places, and mills, and many other useful
offices. And all round the outside of the ship ran atlases six cubits
high, which supported the weight which was placed above them, and the
triglyph, all being placed at convenient distances from one another. And
the whole ship was adorned with suitable pictures.

43. "And in the vessel were eight towers of a size proportioned to the
burden of the ship, two at the stem, and as many at the head, and the
rest in the middle of the ship. And to each of these were fastened two
large beams, or yards, from which port-holes were fixed, through which
stones were let down upon any enemy who might come against the ship. And
on each of the towers stood four young men fully armed, and two archers.
And the whole of the interior of the towers was full of stones and
darts. And a wall, having buttresses and decks, ran all through the
ship, supported on trestles; and on these decks was placed a catapult,
which hurled a stone weighing three talents, and an arrow twelve cubits
long. And this engine was devised and made by Archimedes; and it could
throw every arrow a furlong. And besides all this, there were mats
composed of stout ropes[331:1] suspended by brazen chains; and as there
were three masts, from each of them were suspended two large yards
bearing stones, from which hooks and leaden weights were let down upon
any enemy which might attack the vessel. And there was also a palisade
all round the ship, made of iron, as a defence against those who might
attempt to board it; and iron ravens, as they were called, all round the
ship, which, being shot forth by engines, seized on the vessels of the
enemy, and brought them round so as to expose them to blows. And on
each of the sides of the ship stood sixty young men clad in complete
armour; and an equal number stood on the masts, and on the yards which
carried the stones; and they were also on the masts, up at the
mast-head, which was made of brass. On the first there were three men,
and on the second two, and on the third one. And they had stones brought
up to them in wicker baskets by means of pulleys, and arrows were
supplied to them by boys, within the defended parts of the mast-heads.
And the vessel had four wooden anchors and eight iron ones. And of the
masts, the second and third were easily found; but the first was
procured with difficulty among the mountains of the Bruttii, and was
discovered by a swineherd. And Phileas, a mechanic of Tauromenium,
brought it down to the seaside. And the hold, although of a most
enormous depth, was pumped out by one man, by means of a pulley, by an
engine which was the contrivance of Archimedes. And the name of the ship
was 'The Syracusan;' but when Hiero sent it to sea, he altered its name
and called it 'The Alexandrian.'

"And it had some small launches attached to it, the first of which was
one of the light galleys called cercurus, able to hold a weight of three
thousand talents; and it was wholly moved by oars. And after that came
many galleys and skiffs of about fifteen hundred talents burthen. And
the crew also was proportionably numerous; for besides the men who have
been already mentioned, there were six hundred more, whose post was at
the head of the ship, always watching for the orders of the captain. And
there was a tribunal instituted to judge of all offences which might be
committed on board the ship, consisting of the captain and the pilot,
and the officer of the watch; and they decided in every case according
to the laws of the Syracusans.

44. "And they put on board the ship sixty thousand measures of corn, and
ten thousand jars of Sicilian salt-fish, and twenty thousand talents
weight of wool, and of other cargo twenty thousand talents weight also.
And besides all this, there were the provisions necessary for the crew.
And Hiero, when he had understood that there was no harbour in Sicily
large enough to admit this ship, and, moreover, that some of the
harbours were dangerous for any vessel, determined to send it as a
present to Alexandria to Ptolemy the king of Egypt. For there was a
great dearth of corn in Egypt. And he did so; and the ship came to
Alexandria, where it was put in port. And Hiero honoured Archimelus,
also, the epigrammatic poet, who wrote an epigram on the ship, with a
thousand bushels of wheat, which he also sent at his own expense to the
Piræus; and the epigram runs thus--

     Who placed this monstrous mass upon the earth;
       What master led it with untiring cables,
     How was the deck nail'd to the mighty beams,
       And with what axe did men the vessel form?
     Surely it equals Ætna in its height,
       Or any isle which rises from the sea
     Where the Ægean wave entwined foams
       Amid the Cyclades; on either side
     Its breadth is equal, and its walls alike.
       Sure 'twas the giants' work, who hoped to reach
     By such vast ladder to the heights of heaven.
       Its topmast reaches to the stars; and hides
     Its mighty bulwarks 'mid the endless clouds.
       It holds its anchors with untiring cables,
     Like those with which proud Xerxes bound the strait
       Which between Sestos and Abydos foams.
     A deftly carved inscription on the side
       Shows what strong hand has launch'd it on the deep;
     It says that Hiero, Hierocles' son,
       The king of Sicily, pride of Dorian race,
     Sends it a wealthy messenger of gifts
       To the Ægean islands; and the God
     Who rules the sea, great Neptune, convoys it
       Safe o'er the blue and foaming waves to Greece.

And I intentionally pass over the sacred trireme built by Antigonus,
which defeated the commanders of Ptolemy off Leucolla, a city under the
dominion of Cos; and after that, Antigonus consecrated it to Apollo; but
it was not one-third, or perhaps not even one-fourth part of the size of
the Syracusan or Alexandrian vessel."

45. All this, then, we have said about the catalogue of the ships,
not beginning with the Bœotians,[333:1] but with the shows and
processions exhibited at public assemblies. And since I know that my
excellent friend Ulpian will attack us again, and ask what that thing is
which Callixenus calls ἐγγυθήκη, we tell him that there is a speech which
is attributed to Lysias the orator, written about the ἐγγυθήκη, which
begins with these words--"If, O judges, Lysimanes had said anything
reasonable or moderate." And going on a little, he proceeds to say--"I
should not have been eager to plead in an action about this chest
(ἐγγυθήκη), which is not worth thirty drachmæ." And presently he tells
us that the chest was a brazen one--"But when I wished last year to
repair it I gave it to a brazier; for it is well put together, and has
the faces of Satyrs and large heads of oxen carved upon it. There is
also another coffer of the same size; for the same workman made many
such articles of the same size, and alike in many particulars." In these
words Lysias, having said that the chest was made of brass, shows
plainly enough, as Callixenus also said, that they were things that
might be used as stands for kettles. For so Polemo Periegetes said, in
the third of those books of his which are addressed to Adæus and
Antigonus, where he explains the subject of the picture which is at
Phlius, in the portico of the polemarchs, painted by Sillax the Rhegian,
who is mentioned by Epicharmus and Simonides. And his words are--"Ἐγγυθήκη,
and a large goblet on it." And Hegesander the Delphian, in his book
entitled a Commentary on Statues and Images, says that the pedestal
dedicated by Glaucus the Chian at Delphi is like an iron ἐγγυθήκη, the
gift of Alyattes. And that is mentioned by Herodotus, who calls it
ὑποκρητηρίδιον (a stand for a goblet). And Hegesander uses the same
expression. And we ourselves have seen that lying at Delphi, a thing
really worth looking at, on account of the figures of animals which are
carved upon it, and of other insects, and living things, and plants. . .
. . . . . can be put upon it, and goblets, and other furniture.

But the thing which is called by the Alexandrians ἀγγοθήκη is a
triangular vessel, hollow in the middle, capable of receiving an earthen
wine-jar inside of it. And poor men have this made of wood, but rich men
have it of brass or of silver.

46. Having said this much about the ἐγγυθήκη, let us now go on to speak of
those kings who are and have been fond of good cheer. For the king, who
is the namesake of the above-mentioned Antiochus, and the son of
Demetrius, according to the account of Posidonius, used to entertain a
great crowd of people every day, and in addition to what they ate on
the spot, he would give every one of the guests large heaps, consisting
of entire joints of meat of beasts, and birds, and fishes, undivided and
ready dressed, enough to fill a wagon. And besides all this, he gave
them heaps of honey-cakes, and of garlands, of myrrh, and frankincense,
with large fillets and bandages of golden embroidery as long as a man.
And another king, Antiochus, when celebrating the games at Daphne,
himself also made very sumptuous entertainments, as Posidonius himself
relates; and he was the first person who ever made a distribution among
the guests of whole joints of meat; and also of geese, and hares, and
antelopes alive. And golden chaplets were also given to the guests, and
a great quantity of silver plate, and of slaves, and horses, and camels.
And each man was bound to get on the camel and drink a draught of wine,
and then to accept of the camel and of the boy who stood by it. "And,"
says he, "all the natives and inhabitants of Syria, on account of the
fertility of the land, are accustomed to make frequent feasts after
their necessary labours, in order that they may rejoice together, using
their gymnasia as baths, and anointing themselves with expensive oil and
perfumes; and at their grammatea (for that is the name which they give
to their public entertainments) living as if in their own houses, and
gratifying their stomachs the greater part of the day with wine and
meat, and also carrying away a quantity of the same to their own homes,
they thus spend the day, listening also to the music of the loud lyre
made of the tortoise shell, so that whole cities resound with noises of
this kind."

47. And I, my friends, praise very much the entertainment which was
given by Alexander the king of Syria. And this Alexander was a
supposititious son of Antiochus Epiphanes, substituted on account of the
hatred which all men bore to Demetrius, concerning whom our companion
Athenæus has spoken in his treatise on the Kings who have reigned in
Syria. Now that entertainment was conducted as nearly as may be in this

Diogenes the Epicurean, having a very tolerable acquaintance with the
doctrines of the sect which he professed, was by birth a native of
Seleucia, in the district of Babylon. And he was kindly received by the
king, although the monarch rather inclined to the doctrines of the Stoic
school. Accordingly, Alexander treated him with great distinction,
although a man of anything but a reputable course of life, and so given
to calumny and envy, that if he could raise a laugh by it, he could not
abstain from even the king himself. And when he preferred to the king a
request that had no great connexion with philosophy--namely, that he
might be allowed to wear a purple robe and a golden crown, having a face
of Virtue in the centre of it, as he claimed to be addressed as the
priest of Virtue, he agreed to it all, and besides that, made him a
present of the crown. And these ornaments Diogenes, being in love with a
woman who was one of the Bacchanalian singers, gave to her. But
Alexander, hearing of this, collected a banqueting party of philosophers
and eminent men, and among them he invited Diogenes. And when he arrived
he begged him to take his seat with his crown and his purple robe on.
And when he replied that that would be unseemly, the king nodded to his
servants to introduce the musicians, among whom this singing woman
appeared, crowned with the crown of Virtue, and clothed also in the
purple robe. So when every one burst into laughter at this, the
philosopher kept quiet, and never stopped praising the singing woman.

But Antiochus, who succeeded Alexander in the kingdom, could not
tolerate the abusive language of this Diogenes, and accordingly ordered
him to be put to death. But Alexander was at all times, and in all
circumstances, of a gentle disposition, and affable to every one in
conversation, and not at all like Athenion the Peripatetic philosopher,
who had a philosophical school at Athens, and at Messene, and also at
Larissa in Thessaly, and who subsequently became tyrant of Athens;
concerning whom Posidonius of Apamea gives a very particular account,
which I, even though it is rather long, will quote, in order that we may
come to a thorough understanding and appreciation of those men who
profess to be philosophers, and that we may not be taken in by their
ragged cloaks and unshaven chins. For, as Agatho says--

     If I do tell the truth I shall not please you;
     And if I please you, I shall speak no truth.

But "let truth," as the saying is, "be one's friend." At all events, I
will quote the account given of the man.

48. "In the school of Erymneus the Peripatetic there was a certain man
of the name of Athenion, who applied himself very perseveringly to
philosophical discussions. He, having bought an Egyptian female slave,
made her his mistress. And when she became a mother, either by him or by
some one else, the child was bred up by Athenion, and received the same
name as his master. And having been taught literature, he became
accustomed to lead his master about when he became an old man, in
company with his mother; and when he died he succeeded him as his heir,
and became a citizen of Athens, being enrolled under the name of
Athenion. And having married a very beautiful girl, after that he betook
himself to the profession of a sophist, hunting out for boys to come to
his school. And having pursued his profession of sophist at Messene and
at Larissa in Thessaly, and having amassed a considerable fortune, he
returned to Athens. And having been appointed an ambassador by the
Athenian people, when the chief power in all that district was lodged in
the hands of Mithridates, he insinuated himself into the good graces of
the king, and became one of his friends, being held by him in the
greatest honour; in consequence of which he wrote letters to the
Athenians to raise their spirits, as one who had the greatest influence
with the king of Cappadocia, leading them to hope that they should be
discharged of all their existing debts, and live in peace and concord
with him; and also that they should recover their democratic
constitution, and receive great presents both publicly and privately.
And the Athenians boasted of all these promises which were made to them,
feeling sure that the supremacy of the Romans would be put an end to.

49. "Now when all Asia had revolted to the King, Athenio set out to
return to Athens; and being tossed about by a storm he was driven to
Carystus. And when the Cecropidæ heard this, they sent some ships of war
to conduct him back, and a litter with silver feet. And now he is
entering the city; and almost the whole of the citizens has poured out
to meet him; and many other spectators came together, marvelling at this
preposterous freak of fortune, that this intrusive citizen, Athenion,
foisted into Athens in such a manner, should be conducted into the city
on a litter with silver feet, and lying on purple clothes, a man who had
never before seen even a purple patch on his ragged cloak; when no one,
not even of the Romans, had ever exhibited such pomp and insulting show
in Attica before. So there ran to this spectacle men, women, children,
all expecting some glorious honours from Mithridates. While Athenio,
that ancient beggar, who gave lectures for trifling sums of money, was
now making a procession through the country and through the city,
relying on the king's favour, and treating every one with great
insolence. There met him also the artisans of the spectacles of Bacchus,
calling him a messenger of the young Bacchus, and inviting him to the
common altar, and to the prayers and libations which were to be offered
at it; and he, who had formerly come out of a hired house, into the * *
* * * * was conducted into a mansion adorned with couches, and pictures,
and statues, and a display of silver plate. And from it he issued forth,
dragging on the ground a bright cloak, and with a golden ring on his
finger, having on it a carved portrait of Mithridates. And numbers of
attendants went before him and followed him in procession. And in the
plot of ground belonging to the artisans, sacrifices were performed in
honour of the return of Athenio, and libations made with formal
proclamation by a herald. And the next day many people came to his house
and awaited his appearance; and the whole Ceramicus was full of citizens
and foreigners, and there was a voluntary thronging of the whole
population of the city to the assembly. And at last he came forth, being
attended by all who wished to stand well with the people, as if they had
been his body-guards, every one hastening even to touch his garment.

50. "He then having ascended the tribunal which had been erected for the
Roman generals in front of the portico of Attalus, standing on it, and
looking round on all the people in a circle, and then looking up, said,
'O men of Athens, the state of affairs and the interests of my country
compel me to relate to you what I know. But the greatness of the affairs
that must be mentioned, owing to the unexpected character which
circumstances have assumed, hinders me from doing so.' And when all the
bystanders called out to him with one accord to be of good cheer, and to
tell them, 'I tell you, then,' said he, 'of things which have never been
hoped for, nor even imagined by any one in a dream. The king Mithridates
is master of Bithynia, and of Upper Cappadocia; and he is master of the
whole of Asia, without any break, as far as Pamphylia and Cilicia: and
the kings of the Armenians and Persians are only his guards; and he is
lord of all the nations which dwell around the Palus Mæotis, and the
whole of Pontus, so that his dominions are upwards of thirty thousand
furlongs in circumference. And the Roman commander in Pamphylia, Quintus
Oppius, has been surrendered to him, and is following him as a prisoner,
but Manius Aquillius, a man of consular rank, who has celebrated a
triumph for his victory over the Sicilians, is fastened by a long chain
to Bastarna, a man of gigantic stature, and is dragged by him on foot at
the tail of his horse. And of the other Roman citizens in Asia some have
fallen down at the images of the gods, and the rest have put on square
cloaks and acknowledge again the claims of their original country. And
every city honouring him with more than human honours, calls the king a
god; and oracles everywhere promise him the dominion over the whole
world, on which account he is now sending large armies against Thrace
and Macedonia, and every part of Europe is coming over bodily to his
side. For ambassadors are coming to him, not only from the Italian
tribes, but also from the Carthaginians, begging him to enter into
alliance with them for the destruction of the Romans.'

51. "Having stopped a little after saying this, and having given time
for the multitude to converse together about the news thus unexpectedly
announced to them, he wiped his face, and went on, 'What then do I
advise?--Not to bear this state of anarchy any longer, which the Roman
senate makes continue, while it is deciding what constitution you are to
enjoy for the future. And do not let us be indifferent to our temples
being closed, to our gymnasia being left in the dirt, to our theatre
being always empty, and our courts of justice mute, and the Pnyx,
consecrated by the oracles of the gods, being taken from the people. Let
us not, O Athenians, be indifferent to the sacred voice of Bacchus being
reduced to silence, to the holy temple of Castor and Pollux being
closed, and to the schools of the philosophers being silenced as they
are.' And when this slave had said all this and a good deal more, the
multitude conversing with one another and running together to the
theatre elected Athenio general over the entire army. And then, the
Peripatetic coming into the orchestra, walking like Pythocles, thanked
the Athenians, and said, 'Now you yourselves are your own generals, and
I am the commander-in-chief: and if you exert all your strength to
co-operate with me I shall be able to do as much as all of you put
together.' And he, having said this, appointed others to be his
colleagues in the command, proposing whatever names he thought

52. "And a few days afterwards, the philosopher having thus appointed
himself tyrant, and having proved how much weight is to be attached to
the doctrine of the Pythagoreans about plots against others, and what
was the practical effect of the philosophy which the admirable
Pythagoras laid down, as Theopompus has related in the eighth book of
his Philippics, and Hermippus, the Callimachean, has corroborated the
account, he immediately removed all the citizens who were right-thinking
and of a good disposition (contrary to the sentiments of, and rules laid
down by, Aristotle and Theophrastus; showing how true is the proverb
which says, Do not put a sword into the hand of a child); and he placed
sentinels at the gates, so that many of the Athenians, fearing what he
might be going to do, let themselves down over the walls by night, and
so fled away. And Athenio sending some horsemen to pursue them slew some
of them, and brought back some in chains, having a number of body-guards
about his person of the kind called phractici. And often he convened
assemblies, pretending great attachment to the side of the Romans; and
bringing accusations against many as having kept up communications with
the exiles, and aiming at a revolution, he put them to death. And he
placed thirty guards at each gate, and would not allow any one to go
either in or out. And he seized on the property of many of the people,
and collected such a quantity of money as to fill several wells; and he
also sent all over the country people to lie in wait, as it were, for
every one who was travelling, and they brought them to him; and he put
them to death without any trial, torturing and racking them into the
bargain. And he also instituted prosecutions for treason against several
people, saying that they were co-operating with the exiles to effect
their return. And some of the parties prosecuted fled out of fear before
the trials came on, and some were condemned before the tribunals, he
himself giving his own vote and collecting those of the others. And he
brought about in the city a scarcity of the things necessary for life,
stinting the citizens of their proper quantity of barley and wheat. He
also sent out heavy-armed soldiers over the country, to hunt out any of
those who had fled and who could be found within the borders of the
land, or any of the Athenians who were escaping beyond the borders. And
whoever was detected he beat to death; and some of them he exhausted
beforehand with tortures; and he caused proclamation to be made, that
all must be in their houses by sunset, and that no one should presume to
walk abroad with a lantern-bearer.

53. "And he not only plundered the property of the citizens, but that of
foreigners also, laying his hands even on the property of the god which
was laid up at Delos; sending Apellicon into the island, who was a Scian
by birth, but who had become a citizen of Athens, and who lived a most
whimsical and ever-changing course of life. For at one time he was a
philosopher, and collected all the treatises of the Peripatetics, and
the whole library of Aristotle, and many others; for he was a very rich
man; and he had also stolen a great many autograph decrees of the
ancients out of the temple of the Mighty Mother, and whatever else there
was ancient and taken care of in other cities; and being detected in
these practices at Athens he would have been in great danger if he had
not made his escape; and a short time afterwards he returned again,
having paid his court to many people, and he then joined himself to
Athenion, as being a man of the same sect as he was. And Athenion,
having embraced the doctrines of the Peripatetics, measured out a
chœnix of barley, as four days' allowance for the ignorant Athenians,
giving them what was barely food enough for fowl, and not the proper
nutriment for men. And Apellicon, coming in great force to Delos, and
living there more like a man exhibiting a spectacle than a general with
soldiers, and placing guards in a very careless manner on the side of
Delos, and leaving all the back of the island unguarded, and not even
putting down a palisade in front of his camp, went to rest. And Orobius,
the Roman general, hearing of this, who was at that time in command at
Delos, watching for a moonless night, led out his troops, and falling on
Apellicon and his soldiers, who were all asleep and drunk, he cut the
Athenians and all those who were in the army with them to pieces, like
so many sheep, to the number of six hundred, and he took four hundred
alive. And that fine general, Apellicon, fled away without being
perceived, and came to Delos; and Orobius seeing that many of those who
fled with him had escaped to the farmhouses round about, burnt them in
the houses, houses and all; and he destroyed by fire also all the
engines for besieging cities, together with the Helepolis which
Apellicon had made when he came to Delos. And Orobius having erected in
that place a trophy and an altar, wrote this inscription on it--

     This tomb contains the foreigners here slain,
     Who fought near Delos, and who fell at sea,
     When the Athenians spoil'd the holy isle,
     Aiding in war the Cappadocian king."

54. There was also at Tarsus an Epicurean philosopher who had become the
tyrant of that city, Lysias by name; who having been created by his
countrymen Stephanephoros, that is to say, the priest of Hercules, did
not lay down his command, but seized on the tyranny.[342:1] He put on a
purple tunic with a white centre, and over that he wore a very superb
and costly cloak, and he put on white Lacedæmonian sandals, and assumed
also a crown of golden daphne leaves. And he distributed the property of
the rich among the poor, and put many to death who did not surrender
their property willingly.

55. These are the commanders who became such from having been
philosophers; concerning whom Demochares said,--"Just as no one could
make a spear out of a bulrush, so no one could make a faultless general
out of Socrates." For Plato says that Socrates served in three military
expeditions, one to Potidæa, and another to Amphipolis, and another
against the Bœotians, in which last it was that the battle of Delium
took place. And though no one has mentioned this circumstance, he
himself says that he gained the prize of the most eminent valour, since
all the other Athenians fled, and many were slain. But all this is an
erroneous statement. For the expedition against Amphipolis took place in
the archonship of Alcæus, when Cleon was the general; and it was
composed entirely of picked men, as Thucydides relates. Socrates then, a
man who had nothing but his ragged cloak and his stick, must have been
one of these picked men. But what historian or poet has mentioned this
fact? Or where has Thucydides made the slightest mention of Socrates,
this soldier of Plato's? And what is there in common between a shield
and a philosopher's staff? And when was it that Socrates bore a part in
the expedition against Potidæa, as Plato has said in his Charmides,
where he states that he then yielded the prize of preeminent valour to
Alcibiades? though Thucydides has not mentioned it, nor has Isocrates in
his Oration on the Pair-horse Chariot. And what battle ever took place
when Socrates gained the prize of preeminent valour? And what eminent
and notorious exploit did he perform; for indeed there was actually no
battle at all at that time, as Thucydides tells us.

But Plato not being content with all these strange stories, introduces
the valour which was displayed, or rather which was invented by him at
Delium. For if Socrates had even taken Delium, as Herodicus the
Cratetian has reported in his Treatise to Philosocrates, he would have
fled disgracefully as all the rest did, when Pagondas sent two squadrons
of cavalry unperceived round the hill. For then some of the Athenians
fled to Delium, and some fled to the sea, and some to Oropus, and some
to Mount Parnes. And the Bœotians, especially with their cavalry,
pursued them and slew them; and the Locrian cavalry joined in the
pursuit and slaughter. When then this disorder and alarm had seized upon
the Athenians, did Socrates alone, looking proud and casting his eyes
around, stand firm, turning aside the onset of the Bœotian and
Locrian cavalry? And yet does Thucydides make no mention of this valour
of his, nor even any poet either. And how was it that he yielded to
Alcibiades the prize of preeminent valour, who had absolutely never
joined in this expedition at all? But in the Crito, Plato, that
favourite of Memory, says that Socrates had never once gone out of
Attica, except when he once went to the Isthmian games. And Antisthenes,
the Socratic philosopher, tells the same tale as Plato about the
Aristeia; but the story is not true. For this Dog flatters Socrates in
many particulars, on which account we must not believe either of them,
keeping Thucydides for our guide. For Antisthenes even exaggerates this
false story, saying,--"'But we hear that you also received the prize of
preeminent valour in the battle which took place against the
Bœotians.' 'Be quiet, my friend, the prize belongs to Alcibiades, not
to me.' 'Yes, but you gave it to him as we are told.'" But Plato's
Socrates says that he was present at Potidæa, and that he yielded the
prize of preeminent valour to Alcibiades on that occasion. But by the
universal consent of all historians the expedition against Potidæa, in
which Phormio commanded, was previous to the one against Delium.

56. In every respect then the philosophers tell lies; and they are not
aware that they commit numbers of anachronisms in the accounts which
they give. And even the admirable Xenophon is not free from this error.
For he in his Banquet introduces Callias, the son of Hipponicus, as the
lover of Autolycus, the son of Lycon, and making an entertainment in his
honour when he gained the victory in the Pancratium. And he represents
himself as being present with the rest of the guests, when he perhaps
was either not born, or at all events not out of childhood. And this is
the time when Aristion was archon. For it was in his archonship that
Eupolis exhibited the comedy Autolycus, in which, in the character of
Demostratus, he ridicules the victory of Autolycus. And again Xenophon
makes Socrates say at this banquet--"And Pausanias, indeed, the lover of
Agathon the poet, when speaking in excuse of those who allow themselves
to indulge in intemperance, said that a most valiant army might be
composed of boys and their lovers: for that of all the men in the world
they would be the most ashamed to desert one another. Saying a very
strange thing,--if men who are accustomed utterly to disregard all
blame, and to behave with utter shamelessness to one another, would be
the men above all others ashamed to do anything disgraceful." But that
Pausanias never said anything of the sort we may see from the Banquet of
Plato. For I know of no book at all which is written by Pausanias. Nor
is he introduced by any one else as speaking of lovers and boys, but
only by Plato. But whether Xenophon has absolutely invented this story,
or whether he fell in with any edition of Plato's Banquet which reports
what happened in a different manner, is of no importance; still we must
take notice of the blunder as far as the time is concerned. Aristion,
in whose time this banquet is represented as having taken place, was
archon four years before Euphemus, in whose archonship Plato places the
banquet given in honour of the victory of Agathon, at which banquet
Pausanias said these things about lovers. So that it is a marvellous and
incredible thing that Socrates when supping with Callias should find
fault with things as having been said erroneously, which had not yet
been said at all, and which were not said till four years afterwards at
the banquet of Agathon.

57. But altogether Plato's Banquet is mere nonsense. For when Agathon
got the victory Plato was fourteen years old. For the former was crowned
at the Lenæa in the archonship of Euphemus. But Plato was born in the
year of the archonship of Apollodorus, who succeeded Euthydemus. And
when he was eighty-two years old he died in the archonship of
Theophilus, who succeeded Callimachus; for he is the eighty-second
archon after Apollodorus. But from the archonship of Apollodorus and the
birth of Plato, Euphemus is the fourteenth archon; and it is in his
archonship that the banquet was given in honour of the victory of
Agathon. And Plato himself shows that this entertainment had taken place
a long time before, saying in the Banquet . . . . "'Do you think then
that this entertainment has taken place but lately, so that I could have
been present at it?' 'Indeed I do,' said he. 'How could that be,' said
I, 'O Glaucon? Do you not know that Agathon has not been in the city for
many years?'" And then a little while after he says--"'But tell me, when
did this entertainment take place?' And I replied, 'When we were still
children, when Agathon gained the prize in tragedy.'" But that Plato
makes many blunders in his chronology is plain from many circumstances.
For as the poet said--"The man has a tongue which pays no regard to
seasons;" so he writes without sufficient discernment. For he never
spoke at random, but always with great consideration.

58. As for instance, writing in the Gorgias, he says--"'Archelaus, then,
according to your definition, is a miserable man.' 'Yes, my friend, if,
at least, he is an unjust one.'" And then, after expressly stating that
Archelaus was possessed of the kingdom of the Macedonians, he goes on to
say, "that Pericles also was lately dead." But if Pericles had only
lately died, Archelaus was not yet in the enjoyment of his dominions at
all; and if Archelaus was king at the time, then Pericles had been dead
a long time. Now Perdiccas was king before Archelaus, according to the
statement of Nicomedes of Acanthus; and he reigned forty-one years. But
Theopompus says he reigned thirty-five years; Anaximenes, forty;
Hieronymus, twenty-eight. But Marsyas and Philochorus say that he
reigned only twenty-three years. Now, as these all vary so much in their
accounts, we will take the smallest number, and say twenty-three. But
Pericles died in the third year of the Peloponnesian war, in the
archonship of Epameinon, in which year also Alexander died, and
Perdiccas succeeded him in the kingdom. And he reigned till the
archonship of Callias, in whose year Perdiccas died, and Archelaus
succeeded to the kingdom. How, then, can Pericles have died lately, as
Plato phrases it? And in the same Gorgias Plato represents Socrates as
saying--"And last year, when I drew the lot to be one of the council,
when my tribe was the presiding tribe, and I had to put the question to
the vote, I caused the people to laugh, as I did not know how to put the
question to the vote." Now Socrates did not fall into this error out of
ignorance, but out of his firm principles of virtue; for he did not
choose to violate the laws of the democracy. And Xenophon shows this
plainly in the first book of his Hellenics, where he gives the following
account:--"But when some of the prytanes said that they would not put
the question contrary to the laws, Callixenus again mounts the tribunal
and inveighs against them; and they cried out that he should impeach
those who refused. And the prytanes being alarmed, all agreed to put the
question except Socrates the son of Sophroniscus; and he said that he
would not, but that he would do everything according to the laws."

This was the question which was put to the vote against the generals,
Erasinides and his colleagues, because they did not pick up the men who
were lost in the naval battle at Arginusæ. And this battle took place in
the archonship of Callias, twenty-four years after the death of

59. But the dialogue in the Protagoras, which took place after the death
of Hipponicus, when Callias had entered upon his patrimonial
inheritance, says that Protagoras had arrived in Athens for the second
time not many days previously. But Hipponicus, in the archonship of
Euthydemus, was a colleague of Nicias in the generalship against the
Tanagreans and against those Bœotians who acted as their allies; and
he defeated them in a battle. And he died before Eupolis exhibited the
Flatterers, which took place in the archonship of Alcæus, but probably
not any long time before. For the play proves that the succession of
Callias to his patrimonial inheritance was still quite recent. Now in
this play Eupolis introduces Protagoras as living at Athens. And
Ameipsias, in his Connus, which was exhibited two years before, does not
enumerate him among the band of sophists. So it is plain that this
happened in the interval between those two periods. But Plato represents
Hippias the Elian also, in the Protagoras, as present with some of his
own fellow-citizens, men who it is not likely could have remained long
in Athens with safety, before the truce for a year was made in the
archonship of Isarchus, in the month Elaphebolion. But he represents
this dialogue as having taken place, not about the time when the truce
had recently been made, but a long time after that; at all events he
says--"For if they were savage men, such as Pherecrates the poet
exhibited last year at the Lenæan festival." But the play of The Savage
Men was exhibited in the archonship of Aristion, who was succeeded as
archon by Astyphilus, (being the fifth after Isarchus,) in whose
archonship the truce was made; for Isarchus came first, then Ameinias,
then Aristion, then Astyphilus: so that it is contrary to history that
Plato in his dialogue brings to Athens Hippias and his companions, who
were enemies at the time, when this truce had not yet any existence.

60. And among other things Plato says that Chærephon asked the Pythian
priestess whether any one was wiser than Socrates? and that she replied,
No one. But Xenophon does not agree with all this; but says--"For when
Chærephon once asked at Delphi about me, Apollo replied, in the presence
of many witnesses, that no man was either more just or more temperate
than I was." And how can it be either reasonable or probable that
Socrates, who confessed that he knew nothing, should allege that he had
been called the wisest of all men by God who knows everything? For if
knowing nothing be wisdom, then to know everything must be folly. And
what was the need of Chærephon bothering the god, and asking him about
Socrates? for he himself might have been believed in his own case,
saying that he was not wise. For he must be a stupid man who would put
such a question to the god, as if he were to ask him such a question as
this, Whether any wool is softer than the Attic wool; or, Whether there
are any more powerful nations than the Bactrians and the Medes; or,
Whether any one has a more complete pug-nose than Socrates. For people
who ask such questions as these have a very neat slap in the face given
them by the god, as when a man asked him (whether it is a fable of
Æsop's or of some one else),

     O mighty son of Leto and of Jove,
     Tell me by what means I may rich become:

he, ridiculing him, answered--

     If you acquire all the land that lies
     Between the tow'rs of Sicyon and Corinth.

61. But indeed, no one even of the comic poets has said such things as
Plato has said about Socrates, neither that he was the son of a very
fierce-looking nurse, nor that Xantippe was an ill-tempered woman, who
even poured slops over his head; nor that Alcibiades slept with him
under the same cloak; and yet this must have been divulged with
boisterous laughter by Aristophanes, as he was present at the banquet
according to Plato's account; for Aristophanes would never have
suppressed such a circumstance as that, which would have given such a
colour to the charge that he corrupted the youth.

Aspasia, indeed, who was the clever preceptress of Socrates in rhetoric,
in these verses which are attributed to her, which Herodicus the
Cratetian has quoted, speaks thus--

     _As._  O Socrates, most clearly do I see
            How greatly you're inflamed by tender love
            For the young son of Clinias and Dinomache;
            But if you wish to prosper list to me,
            And do not scoff at my advice, but follow it,
            And it shall be the better for your suit.

     _Soc._ I when I heard your speech was so o'erjoy'd
            That straightway sweat did overflow each limb;
            And tears unbidden pour'd forth from my eyes.

     _As._  Restrain yourself, and fill your mind with strains
            Such as the Muse who conquers men will teach you,
            And you will charm him by your dulcet songs.
            They the foundation lay of mutual love.
            And thus will you o'ercome him, fettering
            His mind with gifts with which his ears are charm'd.

The admirable Socrates then goes a hunting, having the Milesian woman
for his tutor in love. But he himself is not hunted, as Plato says,
having nets spread for him by Alcibiades. And indeed, he laments without
ceasing, being, as I suppose, unsuccessful in his love. For Aspasia,
seeing in what a condition he was, says--

     Why weep you, my dear Socrates? does love
     For that impracticable boy which dwells
     Within thy breast, and shoots from out his eyes,
     So far thy heart subdue? Did I in vain
     Engage to make him docile to thy suit?

And that he really did love Alcibiades Plato shows plainly in the
Protagoras, although he was now little less than thirty years of age;
for he speaks in this manner, "'Whence are you come from, O Socrates? It
seems to me you are come from your pursuit of Alcibiades's beauty. And,
indeed, the man, when I saw him the other day, appeared to me to be a
handsome man; a man, indeed, O Socrates, as he may well be called, just
as much so as we are; and he has a firmly grown beard.' 'Well, what of
that? are not you an admirer of Homer, who said that the most beautiful
season of life was that of a young man who began to have a beard? and
that is just the age of which Alcibiades is now.'"

62. But most philosophers are of such a disposition that they are more
inclined to evil speaking than the Comic writers. Since both Æschines,
the pupil of Socrates, in his Telauges, attacks Critobulus the son of
Crito as an ignorant man, and one who lives in a sordid manner; and he
attacks Telauges himself for wearing a cloak borrowed of a clothes'
cleaner by the day for half an obol; and for being girt about with a
skin, and for having his sandals fastened with rotten pieces of string.
And as for Lysias the orator, he laughs immoderately at him; and in his
Aspasia, he calls Hipponicus, the son of Callias, a blockhead; and
taking all the women of Ionia in a lump he calls them lascivious and
covetous. But his Callias dwells upon the quarrel of Callias with his
own father, and the absurd jokes of the sophist Prodicus and
Anaxagoras. For he says that Prodicus had Theramenes for a pupil to
finish his education; and that the other had Philoxenus, the son of
Eryxis, and Ariphrades, the brother of Arignotus, the harp-player,
wishing from the notorious impurity of life of the men who have been
named and their general want of respectability and intemperance to leave
the sort of education they received from their tutors to be inferred.
But in his Axiochus he runs Alcibiades down with great bitterness, as a
drunkard, and a man always running after other men's wives.

63. But Antisthenes, in the second of his treatises called Cyrus,
abusing Alcibiades, says that he is a breaker of the laws, both with
respect to women and with respect to every other part of his conduct in
life; for he says that he had intrigued with a mother, and daughter, and
sister, after the fashion of the Persians. And his Political Dialogue
runs down the whole of the Athenian demagogues: and his Archelaus
attacks Gorgias, the rhetorician; and his Aspasia attacks Xanthippus and
Paralus, the sons of Pericles. For, as for one of them, he says that he
is a companion of Archestratus, who is no better than a frequenter of
houses of the worst possible fame; and the other he calls an
acquaintance and intimate friend of Euphemus, who abused every one he
met with vulgar and ill-mannered abuse. And nicknaming Plato Satho, in a
witless and vulgar manner, he published a dialogue against him, to which
he gave the same name as its title.

For these men believe that there is no such thing as an honest
counsellor, or a conscientious general, or a respectable sophist, or a
poet worth listening to, or a reasonable people: but Socrates, who spent
his time in loose houses with the flute-playing women of Aspasia, and
who was always chatting with Piston the armourer, and who gave lessons
to Theodote the courtesan, how she ought to make the most of her lovers,
as Xenophon tells us in the second book of his Memorabilia, is the only
wise man according to them; for they represent him as giving Theodote
such rules as neither Nico the Samian, nor Callistrate the Lesbian, nor
Philænis the Leucadian, nor even Pythonicus the Athenian, were ever
acquainted with as charms to conciliate affection. And yet those people
paid much attention to such things. And time would fail me if I were to
be inclined to quote the attacks which philosophers have made on
people; for, as the same Plato says, a regular crowd of Gorgons and
Pegasi, and other monsters, keeps flowing in upon me in immense numbers,
and of preposterous appearance, so that I will keep silence.

64. When Masurius had said this, and when all had admired his wisdom,
after silence was restored Ulpian said,--You seem to me, O guests, to be
overwhelmed with impetuous speeches which come upon you unexpectedly,
and to be thoroughly soaked in unmixed wine;--

     For a man drinking wine, as a horse does water,
     Speaks like a Scythian, not knowing even koppa,
     But voiceless, lies immersed in a cask,
     And sleeps as if he'd drunk medicinal poppy;

as says Parmeno the Byzantian. Have you been all turned into stone by
the before-mentioned Gorgons? Concerning whom, that there really have
been some animals who were the causes of men being turned into stone,
Alexander the Myndian speaks at length, in the second book of his
History of Beasts, saying--"The Nomades in Libya (where it is born) call
the animal named the Gorgon, 'The Looking-down:' and it is as most
people say, conjecturing from its skin, something like a wild sheep; but
as some say, it is like a calf. And they say that it has such a breath
that it destroys every one who meets it; and that it has a mane let down
from its forehead over its eyes, and when it has shaken it aside, which
it does with difficulty by reason of its weight, and then looks out
through it, it slays the man who is beheld by it, not by its breath, but
by some natural violence which proceeds from its eyes. And it was
discovered in this way: Some of the soldiers of Marius, in his
expedition against Jugurtha, having beheld the Gorgon, thought because
it held its head down, and moved slowly, that it was a wild sheep, and
in consequence they rushed upon it, intending to kill it with the swords
which they had about them; but it, being disturbed, shaking aside the
mane which hung down over its eyes, immediately caused the death of
those who were rushing upon it. And when others again and again did the
same thing, and lost their lives by so doing, and when all who proceeded
against it were invariably killed, some of the soldiers inquired the
nature of the animal from the natives; and by the command of Marius some
Nomad horsemen laid an ambush against it from a distance, and shot it
with darts, and returned to the camp, bringing the dead monster to the
general." And that this account is the true one, the skin and the
expedition of Marius both prove. But the statement made by the historian
is not credible, namely, that there are in Libya some oxen which are
called Opisthonomi,[352:1] because they do not advance while feeding,
but feed constantly returning backwards, for their horns are a hindrance
to their feeding in the natural manner, inasmuch as they are not bent
upwards, as is the case with all other animals, but they bend downwards
and overshadow the eyes; for this is incredible, since no other
historian testifies to such a circumstance.

65. When Ulpian had said this, Laurentius bearing witness to the truth
of his statement, and adding something to his speech, said, that Marius
sent the skins of these animals to Rome, and that no one could
conjecture to what animal they belonged, on account of the singular
appearance which they presented; and that these skins were hung up in
the temple of Hercules, in which the generals who celebrate a triumph
give a banquet to the citizens, as many poets and historians of our
nation have related. You then, O grammarians, as the Babylonian
Herodicus says, inquiring into none of these matters--

     Fly ye to Greece along the sea's wide back,
     Pupils of Aristarchus, all more timid
     Than the pale antelope, worms hid in holes,
     Monosyllabic animals, who care
     For σφὶν and σφῶιν, and for μὶν, and νὶν,
     This shall be your lot, grumblers--but let Greece
     And sacred Babylon receive Herodicus.

For, as Anaxandrides the comic writer says--

     'Tis sweet when one has plann'd a new device,
     To tell it to the world. For those who are
     Wise for themselves alone have, first of all,
     No judge to criticise their new invention.
     And envy is their portion too: for all
     That seems to be commended by its novelty,
     Should be imparted freely to the people.

And when this conversation had terminated, most of the guests took their
departure secretly, and so broke up the party.


[287:1] Odyss. iv. 3.

[287:2] Iliad, vi. 174.

[289:1] Iliad, ii. 404.

[289:2] Op. et Di. 341.

[289:3] Iliad, viii. 324.

[290:1] Iliad, ii. 408.

[292:1] Iliad, ii. 588.

[292:2] Ib. i. 225.

[293:1] Odyss. viii. 449.

[293:2] Ib. iv. 48.

[293:3] Ib. iv. 43.

[293:4] Ar. Vesp. 1208.

[293:5] Odyss. ix. 201.

[294:1] Iliad, ix. 219.

[294:2] Odyss. xiv. 464.

[296:1] Hes. Scut. Herc. 205.

[296:2] Iliad, xviii. 590.

[296:3] Ib. xvi. 617.

[297:1] Iliad, xvi. 603.

[297:2] Odyss. viii. 264.

[297:3] Ib. 154.

[298:1] Odyss. iv. 160.

[298:2] Ib. 193.

[299:1] Iliad, iii. 196.

[300:1] Odyss. iv. 60.

[301:1] The reading is--

     Ζηνός που τοιαῦτα δόμοις ἐν κτήματα κεῖται

for which Aristarchus wished to read--

     Ζηνός που τοίηδέ γ' Ὀλυμπίου ἔνδοθεν αὐλή.

I have given here, as elsewhere, Pope's version in the translation.

[302:1] Iliad, xi. 733.

[302:2] Ib. xxiv. 640.

[302:3] Odyss. xxii. 375.

[303:1] Odyss. iv. 78.

[303:2] Ib. 95.

[304:1] Iliad, iii. 385.

[305:1] Odyss. iv. 123.

[305:2] Odyss. xv. 125.

[305:3] Iliad, iii. 125.

[305:4] Odyss. iv. 294.

[305:5] Ib. iii. 332.

[306:1] Odyss. x. 84.

[307:1] Odyss. ix. 5.

[307:2] Iliad, iv. 262.

[308:1] Odyss. i. 131; vii. 175.

[308:2] Ἐπιφανὴς, illustrious. Ἐπιμανὴς, mad.

[316:1] Ἐνιαυτὸς, a year.

[316:2] Πεντετηοὶς, a period of five years.

[318:1] This word is probably corrupt; some editors propose to read

[323:1] There is a great dispute among the commentators as to the exact
reading of this passage, or its meaning. Palmer says the crowns were
given by different cities and tribes; and that what the king, and queen,
and prince wore were not the crowns themselves, but a model of them in
papyrus, with an inscription on each, stating its weight, and what city
had given it.

[325:1] There is great uncertainty as to the meaning of this passage;
some commentators consider that there is some corruption in the text.

[331:1] I have adopted here Casaubon's conjectural emendation, and his
interpretation of it. The text of the MSS. seems undoubtedly corrupt.

[333:1] This is an allusion to the first line of Homer's Catalogue--

     Βοιωτῶν μὲν Πηνέλεως καὶ Λήïτος ᾖρχον.

[342:1] The Greek here is ἐξ ἱματίου τύραννος ἦν, the meaning of which is
very much disputed. Casaubon thinks it means that there was a great
resemblance between the priestly and royal robes. Schweighauser thinks
it means, after having worn the robe of a philosopher he became a

[352:1] Ὄπισθε, behind; νέμω, to feed.


1. Since you ask me every time that you meet me, my friend Timocrates,
what was said by the Deipnosophists, thinking that we are making some
discoveries, we will remind you of what is said by Antiphanes, in his
Poesy, in this manner--

     In every way, my friends, is Tragedy
     A happy poem. For the argument
     Is, in the first place, known to the spectators,
     Before one single actor says a word.
     So that the poet need do little more
     Than just remind his hearers what they know.
     For should I speak of Œdipus, at once
     They recollect his story--how his father
     Was Laius, and Jocasta too his mother;
     What were his sons', and what his daughters' names,
     And what he did and suffer'd. So again
     If a man names Alcmæon, the very children
     Can tell you how he in his madness slew
     His mother; and Adrastus furious,
     Will come in haste, and then depart again;
     And then at last, when they can say no more,
     And when the subject is almost exhausted,
     They lift an engine easily as a finger,
     And that is quite enough to please the theatre.
     But our case is harder. We are forced
     T' invent the whole of what we write; new names,
     Things done before, done now, new plots, new openings,
     And new catastrophes. And if we fail in aught,
     Some Chremes or some Phido hisses us.
     While Peleus is constraint by no such laws,
     Nor Teucer.

And Diphilus says, in his Men conducting Helen--

     O thou who rulest, patroness and queen,
     Over this holy spot of sacred Brauron,
     Bow-bearing daughter of Latona and Jove,
     As the tragedians call you; who alone
     Have power to do and say whate'er they please.

2. But Timocles the comic writer, asserting that tragedy is useful in
many respects to human life, says in his Women celebrating the Festival
of Bacchus--

     My friend, just hear what I'm about to say.
     Man is an animal by nature miserable;
     And life has many grievous things in it.
     Therefore he has invented these reliefs
     To ease his cares; for oft the mind forgets
     Its own discomforts while it soothes itself
     In contemplation of another's woes,
     And e'en derives some pleasure and instruction.
     For first, I'd have you notice the tragedians;
     What good they do to every one. The poor man
     Sees Telephus was poorer still than he,
     And bears his own distress more easily.
     The madman thinks upon Alcmæon's case.
     Has a man weak sore eyes? The sons of Phineus
     Are blind as bats. Has a man lost his child?
     Let him remember childless Niobe.
     He's hurt his leg; and so had Philoctetes.
     Is he unfortunate in his old age?
     Œneus was more so. So that every one,
     Seeing that others have been more unfortunate,
     Learns his own griefs to hear with more content.

3. And we accordingly, O Timocrates, will _restore_ to you the relics of
the feast of the Deipnosophists, and will not _give_ them, as Cothocides
the orator said, meaning to ridicule Demosthenes, who, when Philip gave
Halonnesus to the Athenians, advised them "not to take it if he _gave_
it, but only if he _restored_ it." And this sentence Antiphanes jested
upon in his Neottis, where he ridicules it in this manner--

     My master has received (ἀπέλαβεν) as he took (ἔλαβεν)
     His patrimonial inheritance.
     How would these words have pleased Demosthenes!

And Alexis says, in his Soldier--

     _A._ Receive this thing.

                              _B._ What is it?

                                               _A._ Why the child
          Which I had from you, which I now bring back.

     _B._ Why? will you no more keep him?

                                          _A._ He's not mine.

     _B._ Nor mine.

                    _A._ But you it was who gave him me.

     _B._ I gave him not.

                          _A._ How so?

                                       _B._ I but restored him.

     _A._ You gave me what I never need have taken.

And in his Brothers he says--

     _A._ For did I give them anything? Tell me that.

     _B._ No, you restored it, holding a deposit.

And Anaxilas, in his Evandria, says--

                      . . . . Give it not,
     Only restore it.

                      _B._ Here I now have brought it.

And Timocles says in his Heroes--

     _A._ You bid me now to speak of everything
          Rather than what is to the purpose; well,
          I'll gratify you so far.

                                   _B._ You shall find
          As the first fruits that you have pacified
          The great Demosthenes.

                                 _A._ But who is he?

     _B._ That Briareus who swallows spears and shields;
          A man who hates all quibbles; never uses
          Antithesis nor trope; but from his eyes
          Glares terrible Mars.

According, therefore, to the above-mentioned poets, so we, _restoring_
but not _giving_ to you what followed after the previous conversation,
will now tell you all that was said afterwards.

4. Then came into us these servants, bringing a great quantity of sea
fish and lake fish on silver platters, so that we marvelled at the
wealth displayed, and at the costliness of the entertainment, which was
such that he seemed almost to have engaged the Nereids themselves as the
purveyors. And one of the parasites and flatterers said that Neptune was
sending fish to our Neptunian port, not by the agency of those who at
Rome sell rare fish for their weight in money; but that some were
imported from Antium, and some from Terracina, and some from the Pontian
islands opposite, and some from Pyrgi; and that is a city of Etruria.
For the fishmongers in Rome are very little different from those who
used to be turned into ridicule by the comic poets at Athens, of whom
Antiphanes says, in his Young Men--

     I did indeed for a long time believe
     The Gorgons an invention of the poets,
     But when I came into the fish-market
     I quickly found them a reality.
     For looking at the fishwomen I felt
     Turn'd instantly to stone, and was compell'd
     To turn away my head while talking to them.
     For when I see how high a price they ask,
     And for what little fish, I'm motionless.

5. And Amphis says in his Impostor--

     'Tis easier to get access to the general,
     And one is met by language far more courteous,
     And by more civil answer from his grace,
     Than from those cursed fishfags in the market.
     For when one asks them anything, or offers
     To buy aught of them, mute they stand like Telephus,
     And just as stubborn; ('tis an apt comparison,
     For in a word they all are homicides;)
     And neither listen nor appear to heed,
     But shake a dirty polypus in your face;
     Or else turn sulky, and scarce say a word,
     But as if half a syllable were enough,
     Say "se'n s'lings this," "this turb't eight'n-pence."
     This is the treatment which a man must bear
     Who seeks to buy a dinner in the fish-market.

And Alexis says in his Apeglaucomenos--

     When I behold a general looking stern,
     I think him wrong, but do not greatly wonder,
     That one in high command should think himself
     Above the common herd. But when I see
     The fishmongers, of all tribes far the worst,
     Bending their sulky eyes down to the ground,
     And lifting up their eyebrows to their foreheads,
     I am disgusted. And if you should ask,
     "Tell me, I pray you, what's this pair of mullets?"
     "Tenpence." "Oh, that's too much; you'll eightpence take?"
     "Yes, if you'll be content with half the pair."
     "Come, eightpence; that is plenty." "I will not
     Take half a farthing less: don't waste my time."
     Is it not bitter to endure such insolence?

6. And Diphilus says in his Busybody--

     I used to think the race of fishmongers
     Was only insolent in Attica;
     But now I see that like wild beasts they are
     Savage by nature, everywhere the same.
     But here is one who goes beyond his fellows,
     Nourishing flowing hair, which he doth call
     Devoted to his god--though that is not the reason,
     But he doth use it as a veil to hide
     The brand which marks his forehead. Should you ask him,
     What is this pike's price? he will tell you "tenpence;"
     Not say what pence he means; then if you give him
     The money, he will claim Ægina's coinage;
     While if you ask for change, he'll give you Attic.
     And thus he makes a profit on both sides.

And Xenarchus says in his Purple--

     Poets are nonsense; for they never say
     A single thing that's new. But all they do
     Is to clothe old ideas in language new,
     Turning the same things o'er and o'er again,
     And upside down. But as to fishmongers,
     They're an inventive race, and yield to none
     In shameless conduct. For as modern laws
     Forbid them now to water their stale fish,
     Some fellow, hated by the gods, beholding
     His fish quite dry, picks with his mates a quarrel,
     And blows are interchanged. Then when one thinks
     He's had enough, he falls, and seems to faint,
     And lies like any corpse among his baskets.
     Some one calls out for water; and his partner
     Catches a pail, and throws it o'er his friend
     So as to sprinkle all his fish, and make
     The world believe them newly caught and fresh.

7. And that they often do sell fish which is dead and stinking is proved
by what Antiphanes says in his Adulterers, as follows--

     There's not on earth a more unlucky beast
     Than a poor fish, for whom 'tis not enough
     To die when caught, that they may find at once
     A grave in human stomachs; but what's worse,
     They fall into the hands of odious fishmongers,
     And rot and lie upon their stalls for days;
     And if they meet with some blind purchaser,
     He scarce can carry them when dead away;
     But throws them out of doors, and thinks that he
     Has through his nose had taste enough of them.

And in his Friend of the Thebans he says--

     Is it not quite a shame, that if a man
     Has fresh-caught fish to sell, he will not speak
     To any customer without a frown
     Upon his face, and language insolent?
     And if his fish are stale, he jokes and laughs--
     While his behaviour should the contrary be:
     The first might laugh, the latter should be shamed.

And that they sell their fish very dear we are told by Alexis in his
Pylæan Women--

     Yes, by Minerva, I do marvel at
     The tribe of fishmongers, that they are not
     All wealthy men, such royal gains they make.
     For sitting in the market they do think it
     A trifling thing to tithe our properties;
     But would take all at one fell swoop away.

8. And the same poet says in his play entitled the Caldron--

     There never was a better lawgiver
     Than rich Aristonicus. For he now
     Does make this law, that any fishmonger
     Who puts a price upon his fish, and then
     Sells it for less, shall be at once dragg'd off
     And put in prison; that by their example
     The rest may learn to ask a moderate price,
     And be content with that, and carry home
     Their rotten fish each evening; and then
     Old men, old women, boys, and all their customers,
     Will buy whatever suits them at fair price.

And a little further on he says--

     There never has, since Solon's time, been seen
     A better lawgiver than Aristonicus.
     For he has given many different laws,
     And now he introduces this new statute,
     A golden statute, that no fishmonger
     Should sell his fish while sitting, but that all
     Shall stand all day i' the market. And he says
     Next year he will enact that they shall sell
     Being hung up; for so they will let off
     Their customers more easily, when they
     Are raised by a machine like gods in a play.

9. And Antiphanes, in his Hater of Wickedness, displays their rudeness
and dishonesty, comparing them to the greatest criminals who exist among
men, speaking as follows--

     Are not the Scythians of men the wisest?
     Who when their children are first born do give them
     The milk of mares and cows to drink at once,
     And do not trust them to dishonest nurses,
     Or tutors, who of evils are the worst,
     Except the midwives only. For that class
     Is worst of all, and next to them do come
     The begging priests of mighty Cybele;
     And it is hard to find a baser lot--
     Unless indeed you speak of fishmongers,
     But they are worse than even money-changers,
     And are in fact the worst of all mankind.

10. And it was not without some wit that Diphilus, in his Merchant,
speaks in this manner of fish being sold at an exorbitant price--

     I never heard of dearer fish at any time.
     Oh, Neptune, if you only got a tenth
     Of all that money, you would be by far
     The richest of the gods! And yet if he,
     The fishmonger I mean, had been but civil,
     I would have given him his price, though grumbling;
     And, just as Priam ransom'd Hector, I
     Would have put down his weight to buy the conger.

And Alexis says in his Grecian Woman--

     Living and dead, the monsters of the deep
     Are hostile to us always. If our ship
     Be overturn'd, they then at once devour
     Whatever of the crew they catch while swimming:
     And if they're caught themselves by fishermen,
     When dead they half undo their purchasers;
     For with our whole estate they must be bought,
     And the sad purchaser comes off a beggar.

And Archippus, in his play called the Fish, mentions one fishmonger by
name, Hermæus the Egyptian, saying--

     The cursedest of all fish-dealers is
     Hermæus the Egyptian; who skins
     And disembowels all the vilest fish,
     And sells them for the choicest, as I hear.

And Alexis, in his Rich Heiress, mentions a certain fishmonger by name,

11. And perhaps it is natural for fishermen to be proud of their skill,
even to a greater degree than the most skilful generals. Accordingly,
Anaxandrides, in his Ulysses, introduces one of them, speaking in this
way of the fisherman's art--

     The beauteous handiwork of portrait painters
     When in a picture seen is much admired;
     But the fair fruit of our best skill is seen
     In a rich dish just taken from the frying-pan.
     For by what other art, my friend, do we
     See young men's appetites so much inflamed?
     What causes such outstretching of the hands?
     What is so apt to choke one, if a man
     Can hardly swallow it? Does not the fish-market
     Alone give zest to banquets? Who can spread
     A dinner without fried fish, or anchovies,
     Or high-priced mullet? With what words or charms
     Can a well-favour'd youth be caught, if once
     The fisherman's assistance be denied?
     His art subdues him, bringing to the fish-kettle
     The heads of well-boil'd fish; this leads him on
     To doors which guard th' approach to a good dinner,
     And bids him haste, though nought himself contributing.

12. And Alexis says this with reference to those who are too anxious as
to buying their fish, in his Rich Heiress--

     Whoever being poor buys costly fish,
     And though in want of much, in this is lavish,
     He strips by night whoever he may meet.
     So when a man is stripp'd thus, let him go
     At early morn and watch the fish-market.
     And the first man he sees both poor and young
     Buying his eels of Micio, let him seize him,
     And drag him off to prison by the throat.

And Diphilus, in his Merchant, says that there is some such law as this
in existence among the Corinthians--

     _A._ This is an admirable law at Corinth,
          That when we see a man from time to time
          Purveying largely for his table, we
          Should ask him whence he comes, and what's his business:
          And if he be a man of property,
          Whose revenues can his expenses meet,
          Then we may let him as he will enjoy himself.
          But if he do his income much exceed,
          Then they bid him desist from such a course,
          And fix a fine on all who disobey.
          And if a man having no means at all
          Still lives in splendid fashion, him they give
          Unto the gaoler.

                           _B._ Hercules! what a law.

     _A._ For such a man can't live without some crime.
          Dost thou not see? He must rove out by night
          And rob, break into houses, or else share
          With some who do so. Or he must haunt the forum,
          A vile informer, or be always ready
          As a hired witness. And this tribe we hate,
          And gladly would expel from this our city.

     _B._ And you'd do well, by Jove; but what is that to me?

     _A._ Because we see you every day, my friend,
          Making not moderate but extravagant purchases.
          You hinder all the rest from buying fish,
          And drive the city to the greengrocer,
          And so we fight for parsley like the combatants
          At Neptune's games on th' Isthmus. Does a hare
          Come to the market? it is yours; a thrush
          Or partridge? all do go the selfsame way.
          So that we cannot buy or fish or fowl;
          And you have raised the price of foreign wine.

And Sophilus, in his Androcles, wishes that the same custom prevailed at
Athens also, thinking that it would be a good thing if two or three men
were appointed by the city to the regulation of the provision markets.
And Lynceus the Samian wrote a treatise on purveying against some one
who was very difficult to please when making his purchases; teaching him
what a man ought to say to those homicidal fishmongers, so as to buy
what he wants at a fair rate and without being exposed to any

13. Ulpian again picking out the thorns from what was said, asked--Are
we able to show that the ancients used silver vessels at their banquets?
and is the word πίναξ a Greek noun? For with reference to the line in

     The swineherd served up dishes (πίνακες) of rich meat,[361:1]

Aristophanes the Byzantine said that it was a modernism to speak of
meats being placed on platters (πίνακες), not being aware that in other
places the poet has said--

     Dishes (πίνακας) of various meats the butler brought.[361:2]

I ask also, if any men among the ancients had ever acquired a multitude
of slaves, as the men of modern times do: and if the word τήγανον
(frying-pan) is ever found, and not the form τάγηνον only. So that we
may not fix our whole attention on eating and drinking, like those who
from their devotion to their bellies are called parasites and

14. And Æmilianus replied to him,--The word πίναξ, when used of a vessel,
you may find used by Metagenes the comic writer, in his Valiant
Persians: and Pherecrates, my friend, has used the form τήγανον in his
Trifles, where he says--

     He said he ate anchovies from the frying-pan (τηγάνον).

And the same poet has also said in the Persæ--

     To sit before the frying-pans (τήγανα) burning rushes.

And Philonides says, in his Buskins--

     Receive him now with rays and frying-pans (τήγανα).

And again he says--

     Smelling of frying-pans (τήγανα).

And Eubulus says, in his Orthane--

     The bellows rouses Vulcan's guardian dogs,
     With the warm vapour of the frying-pan (τήγανον).

And in another place he says--

     But every lovely woman walks along
     Fed with the choicest morsels from the frying-pan (τήγανον).

And in his Titans he says--

                      And the dish
     Doth laugh and bubble up with barbarous talk,
     And the fish leap ἐν μέσοισι τηγάνοις.

And Phrynichus also uses a verb derived from the word in his Tragedian--

     'Tis sweet to eat fried meat, at any feast
     For which one has been at no cost oneself.

And Pherecrates, in his Ant Men says--"Are you eating fried meat
(Σὺ δ' ἀποτηγανίζεις)?"

But Hegesander the Delphian says that the Syracusans call a dish
τήγανον, and the proper τήγανον they call ξηροτήγανον; on which account he
says that Theodorides says in some poem--

     He in a τήγανον did boil it well,
     In a large swimming dish.

Where he uses τήγανον for λοπας. But the Ionians write the word ἤγανον
without the letter τ, as Anacreon says--

     Putting his hand within the frying-pan ἤγανον.

15. But with respect to the use of silver plate, my good friend Ulpian,
you make me stop to consider a little; but I recollect what is said by
Alexis in his Exile--

     For where an earthen pot is to be let
     For the cook's use.

For down to the times of the supremacy of the Macedonians the attendants
used to perform their duties with vessels made of earthenware, as my
countryman Juba declares. But when the Romans altered the way of living,
giving it a more expensive direction, then Cleopatra, arranging her
style of living in imitation of them, she, I mean, who ultimately
destroyed the Egyptian monarchy, not being able to alter the name, she
called gold and silver plate κέραμον; and then she gave the guests what
she called the κέραμα to carry away with them; and this was very costly.
And on the Rosic earthenware, which was the most beautiful, Cleopatra
spent five minæ every day. But Ptolemy the king, in the eighth book of
his commentaries, writing of Masinissa the king of the Libyans, speaks
as follows--"His entertainments were arranged in the Roman fashion,
everything being served up in silver κέραμον. And the second course he
arranged in the Italian mode. His dishes were all made of gold; made
after the fashion of those which are plaited of bulrushes or ropes. And
he employed Greek musicians.

16. But Aristophanes the comic writer, whom Heliodorus the Athenian
says, in his treatise concerning the Acropolis, (and it occupies fifteen
books,) was a Naucratite by birth, in his play called Plutus, after the
god who gave his name to the play and appeared on the stage, says that
dishes of silver were in existence, just as all other things might be
had made of the same metal. And his words are--

     But every vinegar cruet, dish and ewer
     Is made of brass; while all the dirty dishes
     In which they serve up fish are made of silver.
     The oven too is made of ivory.

And Plato says, in his Ambassadors--

     Epicrates and his good friend Phormisius,
     Received many and magnificent gifts
     From the great king; a golden cruet-stand,
     And silver plates and dishes.

And Sophron, in his Female Actresses, says--

                   The whole house shone
     With store of gold, and of much silver plate.

17. And Philippides, in his Disappearance of Silver, speaks of the use
of it as ostentatious and uncommon, and aimed at only by some foreigners
who had made fortunes but lately--

     _A._ I felt a pity for all human things,
          Seeing men nobly born to ruin hasting,
          And branded slaves displaying silver dishes
          Whene'er they ate a pennyworth of salt-fish,
          Or a small handful of capers, in a plate
          Whose weight is fifty drachms of purest silver.
          And formerly 'twould have been hard to see
          One single flagon vow'd unto the gods.

     _B._ That is rare now. For if one man should vow
          A gift like that, some other man would steal it.

And Alexis, in his Little House, introducing a young man in love
displaying his wealth to his mistress, represents him as making her some
such speech as this--

     _A._ I told the slaves, (for I brought two from home,)
          To place the carefully wiped silver vessels
          Fairly in sight. There was a silver goblet,
          And cups which weigh'd two drachms; a beaker too
          Whose weight was four; a wine-cooler, ten obols,
          Slighter than e'en Philippides' own self.
          And yet these things are not so ill-contrived
          To make a show . . . .

And I am myself acquainted with one of our own fellow-citizens who is as
proud as he is poor, and who, when all his silver plate put together
scarcely weighed a drachma, used to keep calling for his servant, a
single individual, and the only one he had, but still he called him by
hundreds of different names. "Here, you Strombichides, do not put on the
table any of my winter plate, but my summer plate." And the character
in Nicostratus, in the play entitled the Kings, is just such another.
There is a braggart soldier, of whom he speaks--

     There is some vinegar and a wine-cooler,
     Thinner than thinnest gauze.

For there were at that time people who were able to beat out silver till
it was as thin as a piece of skin.

18. And Antiphanes, in his Lemnian Women, says--

     A three-legg'd table now is laid, and on it
     A luscious cheesecake, O ye honour'd gods,
     And this year's honey in a silver dish.

And Sopater the parodist, in his Orestes, writes--

     A silver dish, bearing a stinking shad.

And in the drama entitled Phace he says--

     But at his supper he does sport a cruet
     Of shining silver, richly chased with figures,
     And bas-reliefs of dragons: such as Thibron
     Used to display, most delicate of men,
     Stripp'd of his wealth by arts of Tantalus.

And Theopompus the Chian, in his Letters of Advice to Alexander, when he
enters into a discussion about Theocritus his fellow-citizen, says--"But
he drinks out of silver cups and out of golden cups, and uses other
vessels of the same kind upon his table. A man who formerly not only did
not drink out of silver vessels, but who had not brazen ones either, but
was content with the commonest earthenware, and even that very often
cracked and chipped. And Diphilus says, in his Painter--

     A splendid breakfast then appear'd, consisting
     Of all that was desirable or new;
     First every kind of oyster; then a phalanx
     Of various side-dishes, and a heap
     Of broilèd meats fresh from the gridiron,
     And potted meats in silver mortars pounded.

And Philemon says in his Physician--

     And a large basket full of silver plate.

And Menander, in his Heautontimorumenos, says--

     A bath, maid-servants, lots of silver plate.

And in his Hymnis he writes--

     But I am come in quest of silver plate.

And Lysias, in his Oration on the Golden Tripod, if indeed the speech
be a genuine one of his, says--"It was still possible to give silver
or gold plate." But those who pique themselves on the purity of
their Greek, say that the proper expression is not ἀργυρώματα and
χρυσώματα, but ἀργυροῦς κόσμος and χρυσοῦς κόσμος.

19. When Æmilianus had said this, Pontianus said--For formerly gold was
really exceedingly scarce among the Greeks; and there was not indeed
much silver; at least, not much which was extracted from the mines; on
which account Duris the Samian says that Philip, the father of the great
king Alexander, as he was possessed of one flagon of gold, always put it
under his pillow when he went to bed. And Herodotus of Heraclea says,
that the Golden Lamb of Atreus, which was the pregnant cause of many
eclipses of the sun, and changes of kings, and which was, moreover, the
subject of a great many tragedies, was a golden flagon, having in the
centre a figure of a golden lamb. And Anaximenes of Lampsacus, in the
first of those works of his, called Histories, says that the necklace of
Eriphyle was so notorious because gold at that time was so rare among
the Greeks; for that a golden goblet was at that time a most unusual
thing to see; but that after the taking of Delphi by the Phocians, then
all such things began to be more abundant. But formerly even those men
who were accounted exceedingly rich used to drink out of brazen goblets,
and the repositories where they put them away they called χαλκόθηκαι.

And Herodotus says that the Egyptian priests drink out of brazen
goblets; and he affirms that silver flagons could not be found to be
given to all the kings, even when they sacrificed in public; and,
accordingly, that Psammetichus, who was later than the other kings,
performed his libations with a brazen flagon, while the rest made their
offerings with silver ones. But after the temple at Delphi had been
plundered by the tyrants of Phocis, then gold became common among the
Greeks, and silver became actually abundant; and afterwards, when the
great Alexander had brought into Greece all the treasures from out of
Asia, then there really did shine forth what Pindar calls "wealth
predominating far and wide."

20. And the silver and gold offerings which were at Delphi were offered
originally by Gyges the king of the Lydians. For before the reign of
this monarch Apollo had no silver, and still less had he gold, as
Phanias the Eresian tells us, and Theopompus, too, in the fortieth book
of his History of the Transactions of the Reign of Philip. For these
writers relate that the Pythian temple was adorned by Gyges, and by
Crœsus who succeeded him; and after them by Gelo and Hiero, the
tyrants of Syracuse: the first of whom offered up a tripod and a statue
of Victory, both made of gold, about the time that Xerxes was making his
expedition against Greece; and Hiero made similar offerings. And
Theopompus uses the following language--"For anciently the temple was
adorned with brazen offerings: I do not mean statues, but caldrons and
tripods made of brass. The Lacedæmonians, therefore, wishing to gild the
face of the Apollo that was at Amyclæ, and not finding any gold in
Greece, having sent to the oracle of the god, asked the god from whom
they could buy gold; and he answered them that they should go to
Crœsus the Lydian, and buy it of him. And they went and bought the
gold of Crœsus. But Hiero the Syracusan, wishing to offer to the god
a tripod and a statue of Victory of unalloyed gold, and being in want of
the gold for a long time, afterwards sent men to Greece to seek for it;
who, coming after a time to Corinth, and tracing it out, found some in
the possession of Architeles the Corinthian, who had been a long time
buying it up by little and little, and so had no inconsiderable quantity
of it; and he sold it to the emissaries of Hiero in what quantity they
required. And after that, having filled his hand with it he made them a
present of all that he could hold in his hand, in return for which Hiero
sent a vessel full of corn, and many other gifts to him from Sicily."

21. And Phanias relates the same circumstances in his history of the
Tyrants in Sicily, saying that the ancient offerings had been brass,
both tripods, and caldrons, and daggers; and that on one of them there
was the following inscription--

     Look on me well; for I was once a part
     Of the wide tower which defended Troy
     When Greeks and Trojans fought for fair-hair'd Helen;
     And Helicon, brave Antenor's son,
     Brought me from thence, and placed me here, to be
     An ornament to Phœbus' holy shrine.

And in the tripod, which was one of the prizes offered at the funeral
games in honour of Patroclus, there was the inscription--

     I am a brazen tripod, and I lie
     Here as an ornament of Delphi's shrine.
     The swift Achilles gave me as a prize
     What time he placed Patroclus on the pile,
     And Tydeus' mighty son, brave Diomede,
     Offer'd me here, won by his speedy coursers
     In the swift race by Helle's spacious wave.

22. And Ephorus, or Demophilus, his son, in the thirtieth book of his
Histories, speaking of the temple of Delphi, says, "But Onomarchus and
Phayllus and Phalæcus not only carried off all the treasures of the god,
but at last their wives carried off also the ornaments of Eriphyle,
which Alcmæon consecrated at Delphi by the command of the god, and also
the necklace of Helen, which had been given by Menelaus. For the god had
given each of them oracles: he had said to Alcmæon, when he asked him
how he could be cured of his madness--

     You ask a precious gift, relief from madness;
     Give me a precious gift yourself; the chain
     With which your mother buried, steeds and all,
     Your sire, her husband, brave Amphiaraus.

And he replied to Menelaus, who consulted him as to how he might avenge
himself on Paris--

     Bring me the golden ornament of the neck
     Of your false wife; which Venus once did give
     A welcome gift to Helen; and then Paris
     Shall glut your direst vengeance by his fall.

And it so fell out that a violent quarrel arose among the women about
these ornaments--which should take which. And when they had drawn lots
for the choice, the one of them, who was very ugly and stern, got
Eriphyle's necklace, but the one who was conspicuous for beauty and
wanton got the ornaments of Helen; and she, being in love with a young
man of Epirus, went away with him, but the other contrived to put her
husband to death.

23. But the divine Plato, and Lycurgus the Lacedæmonian, not only forbad
all costly ornaments to be introduced into their model states, but they
would not permit even silver or gold to be brought into them, thinking
that of the products of mines, iron and copper were sufficient, and
banishing the other metals as injurious to those states which were in
good order. But Zeno the Stoic, thinking everything unimportant except
the legitimate and honest use of the precious metals, forbad either
praying for or deprecating them; but still he recommended chiefly the
use of those which were more commonly accessible and less superfluous;
in order that men, having the dispositions of their minds formed so as
neither to fear nor to admire anything which is not honourable on the
one hand or discreditable on the other, should use only what is natural
as much as possible, and yet should not fear what is of an opposite
character, but abstain from such in obedience to reason and not to fear.
For nature has not banished any of the above-mentioned things out of the
world, but has made subterranean veins of these metals, the working of
which is very laborious and difficult, in order that they who desire
such things may arrive at the acquisition after toil and suffering; and
that not only those men themselves who work in the mines, but those also
who collect what has been extracted from the mines, may acquire this
much wished for opulence at the expense of countless labours.

Therefore a little of these metals lies on the surface just to serve as
a sample of the rest which is beneath, since in the remotest corners of
the earth also there are rivers bearing down gold-dust in their waters;
and women and men destitute of bodily strength scratching among the
sand, detach these particles from the sand, and then they wash them and
bring them to the smelting-pot, as my countryman Posidonius says is done
among the Helvetians, and among others of the Celtic tribes. And the
mountains which used formerly to be called the Rhipæan mountains, and
which were subsequently named the Olbian (as if happy), and which are
now called the Alps, (they are mountains in Gaul,) when once the woods
upon them had caught fire spontaneously, ran with liquid silver. The
greater quantity of this metal, however, is found by mining operations
carried on at a great depth, and attended by great hardship, according
to the statement of Demetrius Phalereus, in consequence of the desire of
avarice to draw Pluto himself out of the recesses of the earth; and,
accordingly, he says facetiously that--"Men having often abandoned what
was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they
expected, and have lost what they had, being unfortunate by an
enigmatical sort of calamity."

24. But the Lacedæmonians being hindered by their national institutions
from introducing silver or gold into Sparta, as the same Posidonius
relates, or from possessing any in private, did possess it nevertheless,
but then they deposited it among their neighbours the Arcadians. But
subsequently the Arcadians became enemies to them instead of friends, as
they had been; picking a quarrel with them with the express view of
seizing on this deposit without being called to account for it, by
reason of the enmity now subsisting. Therefore it is said that the gold
and silver which had formerly been at Lacedæmon was consecrated at
Delphi to Apollo; and that when Lysander brought gold publicly into the
city he was the cause of many evils to the state by so doing. And it is
said that Gylippus, who delivered the Syracusans, was put to death by
starvation, having been condemned by the Ephori, because he had
embezzled some of the money sent to Sparta by Lysander. But that which
had been devoted to the god and been granted to the people as a public
ornament and public property, it was not decent for any mortal to treat
with contempt.

25. But that tribe of Gauls which is called the Cordistæ, does not
introduce gold into their country either, still they are not the less
ready to plunder the territories of their neighbours, and to commit
injustice; and that nation is a remnant of the Gauls who formed the army
of Brennus when he made his expedition against the temple of Delphi. And
a certain Bathanatius, acting as their leader, settled them as a colony
in the districts around the Ister, from whom they call the road by which
they returned the Bathanatian road, and even to this day they call his
posterity the Bathanati. And these men proscribe gold, and do not
introduce it into their territories, as a thing on account of which they
have suffered many calamities; but they do use silver, and for the sake
of that they commit the most enormous atrocities. Although the proper
course would be, not to banish the whole class of the thing of which
they were formerly plundered, but the impiety which could perpetrate
such a sacrilege. And even if they did not introduce silver into their
country, still they would commit excesses in the pursuit of copper and
iron; and even if they had not these things, still they would continue
to rage in war against other nations for the sake of meat and drink, and
other necessaries.

26. When Pontianus had delivered his opinion in these terms, and while
most of the guests were endeavouring to solve the questions proposed by
Ulpian, Plutarch, being one of those who was attending to the other
subjects of discussion, said,--The name parasite was in former days a
respectable and a holy name. At all events, Polemo (whether he was a
Samian or a Sicyonian, or whether he prefers the name of an Athenian,
which Heraclides the Mopseatian gives him, who also speaks of him as
being claimed by other cities; and he was also called Stelocopas, as
Herodicus the Cratetian has told us,) writing about parasites, speaks as
follows--"The name of parasite is now a disreputable one; but among the
ancients we find the word parasite used as something sacred, and nearly
equivalent to the title Messmate. Accordingly, at Cynosarges, in the
temple of Hercules, there is a pillar on which is engraven a decree of
Alcibiades; the clerk who drew it up being Stephanus the son of
Thucydides; and in it mention is made of this name in the following
terms--'Let the priest perform the monthly sacrifices with the
parasites; and let the parasites select one bastard, and one of the sons
of the same, according to the usual national customs; and whoever is
unwilling to take the place of a parasite, let the priest report him to
the tribunal.' And in the tables of the laws concerning the Deliastæ it
is written--'And let two heralds, of the family of the heralds, of that
branch of it which is occupied about the sacred mysteries, be chosen;
and let them be parasites in the temple of Delos for a year.' And in
Pallenis this inscription is engraved on the offerings there found--'The
Archons and parasites made these offerings, who, in the archonship of
Pythodorus, were crowned with a golden crown;[370:1] and the parasites
were, in the archonship of Lycostratus, Gargettius; in the archonship of
Pericletus, Pericles Pitheus; in that of Demochares, Charinus.' And in
the laws of the king, we find the following words--'That the parasites
of the Acharnensians shall sacrifice to Apollo.' But Clearchus the
Solensian, and he was one of the disciples of Aristotle, in the first
book of his Lives, writes thus--'But now they call a parasite a man who
is ready for anything; but in former times he was a man picked out as a
companion.'" Accordingly, in the ancient laws, most cities mention
parasites among the most honourable of their officers; and, indeed,
they do so to this day. And Clidemus says in his Attic Women--

     And then they chose some parasites for Hercules.

And Themiso, in his Pallenis, says--"That the king, who from time to
time fills that office, and the parasites, whom they appoint from the
main body of the people, and the old men, and the women who still have
their first husbands, shall take care of such and such things."

27. And from this you perceive, my good friend Ulpian, that you may
raise another question, who the women are who still have their first
husbands? But (for we are still speaking about the parasites) there is
also an inscription on a pillar in the Anaceum to the following
effect--"Of the best bulls which are selected, one-third is to be
appropriated to the games; and of the remaining two-thirds, one is to go
to the priest, and the other to the parasites." But Crates, in the
second book of his treatise on the Attic Dialect, says--"And the word
parasite is now used in a disreputable sense; but formerly those people
were called parasites who were selected to collect the sacred corn, and
there was a regular Hall of the parasites; on which account the
following expressions occur in the law of the king--"That the king shall
take care of the Archons that they are properly appointed, and that they
shall select the parasites from the different boroughs, according to the
statutes enacted with reference to that subject. And that the parasites
shall, without any evasion or fraud, select from their own share a sixth
part of a bushel of barley, on which all who are citizens of Athens
shall feast in the temple, according to the national laws and customs.
And that the parasites of the Acharnensians shall give a sixth part of a
bushel from their collection of barley to the guild of priests of
Apollo. And that there was a regular Hall for the parasites is shown by
the following expressions in the same law--"For the repairs of the
temple, and of the magistrates' hall, and of the hall of parasites, and
of the sacred house, they shall pay whatever sums of money the
contractors appointed by the priests think necessary." From this it is
evident that the place in which the parasites laid up the first-fruits
of the consecrated corn was called the Parasitium, or the Hall of the

And Philochorus gives the same account in his book entitled the
Tetrapolis, where he mentions the parasites who were elected for the
temple of Hercules; and Diodorus of Sinope, a comic poet, in his Heir,
(from which I will cite some testimonies presently,) says the same. And
Aristotle, in his treatise on the Constitution of the Methoneans,
says--"Parasites were two in number for each of the archons, and one for
the polemarchs. And they received a fixed allowance from others, and
they also took dishes of fish from the fishermen."

28. But the meaning which is now given to the name parasite is one which
Carystius of Pergamus, in his treatise on the Didascaliæ, says was first
invented by Alexis, forgetting that Epicharmus, in his Hope or Plutus,
has introduced one in a drinking party, where he says--

     But here another stands at this man's feet,

            *       *       *       *       *

     Seeking for food which shall not cost him anything,
     And he will drink up an entire cask,
     As if it were a cupfull.

And he introduces the parasite himself, making the following speech to
some one who questioned him--

     I sup with any one who likes, if he
     Has only got the good sense to invite me;
     And with each man who makes a marriage feast,
     Whether I'm asked or not, there I am witty;
     There I make others laugh, and there I praise
     The host, who gives the feast. And if by chance
     Any one dares to say a word against him,
     I arm myself for contest, and overwhelm him.
     Then eating much and drinking plentifully,
     I leave the house. No link-boy doth attend me;
     But I do pick my way with stumbling steps,
     Both dark and desolate; and if sometimes
     I do the watchmen meet, I swear to them
     By all the gods that I have done no wrong;
     But still they set on me. At last, well beaten,
     I reach my home, and go to sleep on the ground,
     And for a while forget my blows and bruises,
     While the strong wine retains its sway and lulls me.

29. And the parasite of Epicharmus makes a second speech of the same
kind. And a parasite of Diphilus speaks thus--

     When a rich man who gives a dinner asks me,
     I look not at the ceiling or the cornices,
     Nor do I criticise Corinthian chasings,
     But keep my eyes fixed on the kitchen smoke,
     And if it goes up strong and straight to heaven,
     I joy and triumph, and I clap my wings;
     But it be but thin and moving sidewise,
     Then I perceive my feast too will be thin.

But Homer is the first person, as some say, who introduced the character
of a parasite, saying of Podes that he was a beloved guest of Hector--

     There stood a Trojan, not unknown to fame,
     Eetion's son, and Podes was his name,--
     With riches honour'd, and with courage blest,
     By Hector loved, his comrade and his guest.[373:1]

For the word εἰλαπίνη comes to the same thing as δεῖπνον, on which account
he makes him wounded by Menelaus in the belly, as Demetrius the
Scepsian says; as also he represents Pandarus as wounded in the tongue,
because of his having perjured himself; and it is a Spartan who wounds
him, one of a nation very much devoted to temperance.

30. But the ancient poets called parasites flatterers; from whom also
Eupolis gave this title to his play, where he represents a chorus of
flatterers speaking thus--

     But we will tell you now
       The mode of life adopted
     By the whole flattering band,
       And listen ye, and learn
     How well-bred we all are.
       For first of all a boy,
     Another person's slave,
       Attends us; and we are
     Content with very little.
       I have two well-made garments,
     And always have one on;
       I hie me to the forum,
     And when I see a man,
       A foolish man but rich,
     I make my way to him,
       And if he says a word
     I praise his wit and laugh,
       Delighted at his jests.
     And then we go to supper,
       My friends and I, pursuing
     Each different game so long
       As we can save our money.
     And then the parasite
       Must show his wit and manners,
     Or out of doors be turned.
       And one there was, Acestor,
     A branded slave, if I
       Am bound to tell the truth,
     And he was treated so.
       For not one single joke
     Did he ope his lips to utter,
       And so the slaves expell'd
     And pilloried the knave,
       And gave him up to Œneus.

31. And Araros, in his Hymenæus, uses the word parasite, where he says--

     Why you must be a parasite, my friend;
     And 'tis Ischomachus who does support you.

And the word is constantly used among the later writers. And the verb
παρασιτέω, to be a parasite, occurs in Plato the comic writer, in his
Laches. For he says--

     See how these youths do play the parasite.

And Alexis says that there are two kinds of parasites, in his Pilot,
where we find this passage--

     _A._ There are two kinds of parasites, Nausinicos:
          The one the common one, much jested on
          By comic writers, we, the blackfaced men.

     _N._ What is the other kind?

                                  _A._ Satraps of parasites;
          Illustrious leaders of the band; a troop
          Whom you may call the venerable parasites;
          Men who act well throughout their lives;
          Knit their brows gravely, win estates and legacies.
          Know'st thou the kind of men, and these their manners?

     _N._ Indeed I do.

                      _A._ Each of these men have one
          Fix'd method of proceeding, flattery;
          And as in life, fortune makes some men great,
          And bids the rest content themselves with little;
          So some of us do thrive, and some do fail.
          Do I not make the matter plain to you?

     _N._ Why if I praise you, you will ask for more.

32. And Timocles, in his Dracontius, hits off the parasite very neatly,
and describes his character thus--

     Shall I then let a man abuse the parasites?
     No, surely, for there is no race of men
     More useful in such matters. And if company
     Be one of the things which makes life pass agreeably,
     Surely a parasite does this most constantly.
     Are you in love? he, at the shortest notice,
     Feels the same passion. Have you any business?
     His business is at once the same as yours;
     And he's at hand to help you as you wish;
     Thinking that only fair to him that feeds him.
     'Tis marvellous how he doth praise his friends--
     He loves a feast where he is ask'd for nothing.
     What man, what hero, or what god exists,
     Who does not scorn such habits and such principles?
     But that I mayn't detain you all the day,
     I think that I can give you one clear proof
     In what respect men hold a parasite;
     For they receive the same rewards as those
     Who at Olympia bear the palm of victory--
     They both are fed for nothing for their virtues;
     And wheresoe'er there is no contribution,
     That place we ought to call the Prytaneum.

33. And Antiphanes, in his Twins, says--

     For look, the parasite, if you judge aright,
     Shares both the life and fortune of his friends.
     There is no parasite who'd wish his friends
     To be unfortunate; but on the contrary
     His constant prayer will be, that all may prosper.
     Has any one a fortune? he don't envy him;
     He'd rather always be at hand to share it.
     He is a genuine friend, and eke a safe one,
     Not quarrelsome, ill-humour'd, peevish, sulky,
     But skill'd to keep his temper. Do you mock him?
     He laughs himself; he's amorous or mirthful,
     Just as his friend is i' th' humour. He's a general,
     Or valiant soldier, only let his pay
     Be a good dinner, and he'll ask no more.

34. And Aristophon, in his Physician, says--

     I wish now to inform him
       What is my disposition.
     If any one gives a dinner,
       I'm always to be found,
     So that the young men scoffing
       Because I come in first
     Do call me gravy soup.
       Then if there be occasion
     To check a drunken guest,
       Or turn him out by force,
     You'd think I were Antæus;
       Or must a door be forced?
     I butt like any ram;
       Or would you scale a ladder?
     I'm Capaneus, and eager
       To climb like him to heaven.
     Are blows to be endured?
       A very anvil I;
     Or Telamon or Ajax,
       If wounds are to be given;
     While as a beauty-hunter
       E'en smoke itself can't beat me.[375:1]

And in his Pythagorean he says--

     For being hungry, and yet eating nothing,
     He is a Tithymallus or Philippides;
     For water-drinking he's a regular frog;
     For eating thyme and cabbages, a snail;
     For hating washing he's a pig; for living
     Out in the open air, a perfect blackbird;
     For standing cold and chattering all the day,
     A second grasshopper; in hating oil
     He's dust; for walking barefoot in the morning,
     A crane; for passing sleepless nights, a bat.

35. And Antiphanes says in his Ancestors--

                       You know my ways;
     That there's no pride in me, but I am just
     Like this among my friends: a mass of iron
     To bear their blows, a thunderbolt to give them;
     Lightning to blind a man, the wind to move one;
     A very halter, if one needs be choked;
     An earthquake to heave doors from off their hinges;
     A flea to leap quick in; a fly to come
     And feast without a formal invitation;
     Not to depart too soon, a perfect well.
     I'm ready when I'm wanted, whether it be
     To choke a man or kill him, or to prove
     A case against him. All that others say,
     Those things I am prepared at once to do.
     And young men, mocking me on this account,
     Do call me whirlwind--but for me, I care not
     For such light jests. For to my friends I prove
     A friend in deeds, and not in words alone.

But Diphilus in his Parasite, when a wedding-feast is about to take
place, represents the parasite as speaking thus--

     Do you not know that in the form of curse
     These words are found, If any one do fail
     To point the right road to a traveller,
     To quench a fire; or if any one spoil
     The water of a spring or well, or hinders
     A guest upon his way when going to supper?

And Eubulus says in his Œdipus--

     The man who first devised the plan of feasting
     At other folk's expense, must sure have been
     A gentleman of very popular manners;
     But he who ask'd a friend or any stranger
     To dinner, and then made him bear his share,
     May he be banish'd, and his goods all seized.

36. And Diodorus of Sinope, in his Orphan Heiress, has these
expressions, when speaking of a parasite, and they are not devoid of

     I wish to show and prove beyond a doubt
     How reputable, and how usual too,
     This practice is; a most divine contrivance.
     Other arts needed not the gods to teach them;
     Wise men invented them; but Jove himself
     Did teach his friends to live as parasites,
     And he confessedly is king o' the gods.
     For he does often to men's houses come,
     And cares not whether they be rich or poor;
     And wheresoe'er he sees a well-laid couch,
     And well-spread table near, supplied with all
     That's good or delicate, he sits him down,
     And asks himself to dinner, eats and drinks,
     And then goes home again, and pays no share.
     And I now do the same. For when I see
     Couches prepared, and handsome tables loaded,
     And the door open to receive the guests,
     I enter in at once, and make no noise,
     But trim myself, behaving quietly,
     To give no great annoyance to my neighbour,
     And then, when I have well enjoy'd the whole
     That's set before me, and when I have drunk
     Of delicate wines enough, I home return,
     Like friendly Jupiter. And that such a line
     Was always thought respectable and honest,
     I now will give you a sufficient proof.
     This city honours Hercules exceedingly,
     And sacrifices to him in all the boroughs,
     And at these sacred rites it ne'er admits
     The common men, or parasites, or beggars;
     But out of all the citizens it picks
     Twelve men of all the noblest families,
     All men of property and character;
     And then some rich men, imitating Hercules,
     Select some parasites, not choosing those
     Who are the wittiest men, but who know best
     How to conciliate men's hearts with flattery;
     So that if any one should eat a radish,
     Or stinking shad, they'd take their oaths at once
     That he had eaten lilies, roses, violets;
     And that if any odious smell should rise,
     They'd ask where you did get such lovely scents.
     So that because these men behave so basely,
     That which was used to be accounted honourable,
     Is now accounted base.

37. And Axionicus, in his Chalcidian, says--

     When first I wish'd to play the parasite
     With that Philoxenus, while youth did still
     Raise down upon my cheeks, I learnt to bear
     Hard blows from fists, and cups and dishes too,
     And bones, so great that oftentimes I was
     All over wounds; but still it paid me well,
     For still the pleasure did exceed the pain.
     And even in some sort I did esteem
     The whole affair desirable for me.
     Is a man quarrelsome, and eager too
     To fight with me? I turn myself to him;
     And all the blame which he does heap upon me,
     I own to be deserved; and am not hurt.
     Does any wicked man call himself good?
     I praise that man, and earn his gratitude.
     To day if I should eat some boilèd fish
     I do not mind eating the rest to-morrow.
     Such is my nature and my principle.

But Antidotus, in his play which is entitled Protochorus, introduces a
man resembling those who in the Museum of Claudius still practise their
sophistries; whom it is not even creditable to remember; and he
represents him speaking thus--

     Stand each one in your place, and listen to me,
     Before I write my name, and take my cloak.
     If any question should arise to day
     About those men who live as parasites,
     I have at all times much esteem'd their art,
     And from my childhood have inclined to learn it.

38. And among the parasites these men are commemorated by name:
Tithymallus, who is mentioned by Alexis in his Milesian Woman, and in
his Ulysses the Weaver. And in his Olynthians he says--

     This is your poor man, O my darling woman;
     This is the only class, as men do say,
     Who can put death to flight. Accordingly
     This Tithymallus does immortal live.

And Dromon in his Psaltria says--

     _A._ I was above all things ashamed when I
          Found that I was again to have a supper
          For which I was to give no contribution.

     _B._ A shameful thing, indeed. Still you may see
          Our Tithymallus on his way, more red
          Than saffron or vermilion; and he blushes,
          As you may guess, because he nothing pays.

And Timocles, in his Centaur or Dexamenus, says--

     Calling him Tithymallus, parasite.

And in his Caunians he says--

     _A._ Will any other thing appear? Be quick,
          For Tithymallus has return'd to life,
          Who was quite dead, now that he well has boil'd
          Eightpennyworth of lupin seed.

                                         _B._ For he
          Could not persist in starving himself, but only
          In drinking wine at other men's expense.

And in his Epistles he says--

     Alas me, how I am in love! ye gods!
     Not Tithymallus did so long to eat,
     Nor Cormus ever to steal another's cloak,
     Nor Nilus to eat cakes, nor Corydus
     To exercise his teeth at other's cost.

And Antiphanes says in his Etrurian--

     _A._ For he will not assist his friends for nothing.

     _B._ You say that Tithymallus will be rich,
          For as I understand you, he will get
          Sufficient pay, and a collection suitable
          From those within whose doors he freely sups.

39. Corydus also was one of the most notorious parasites. And he is
mentioned by Timocles, in his The Man who Rejoices at Misfortunes of
others, thus--

     To see a well-stock'd market is a treat
     To a rich man, but torture to a poor one.
     Accordingly once Corydus, when he
     Had got no invitation for the day,
     Went to buy something, to take home with him.
     And who can cease to laugh at what befel him?--
     The man had only fourpence in his purse;
     Gazing on tunnies, eels, crabs, rays, anchovies,
     He bit his lips till the blood came in vain;
     Then going round, "How much is this?" said he--
     Then frighten'd at the price, he bought red herrings.

And Alexis, in Demetrius or Philetærus, says--

     I fear to look at Corydus in the face,
     Seeming so glad to dine with any one;
     But I will not deny it; he's the same,
     And never yet refused an invitation.

And in his Nurse he says--

     This Corydus who has so often practised
     His jokes and witticisms, wishes now
     To be Blepæus, and he's not far wrong,
     For mighty are the riches of Blepæus.

And Cratinus the younger in his Titans says--

     Beware of Corydus the wary brassfounder;
     Unless you make your mind up long before
     To leave him nothing. And I warn you now
     Never to eat your fish with such a man
     As Corydus; for he's a powerful hand,
     Brazen, unwearied, strong as fire itself.

But that Corydus used to cut jokes, and was fond of being laughed at for
them, the same Alexis tells to in his Poets--

     I have a great desire to raise a laugh,
     And to say witty things, and gain a fame
     Second alone to that of Corydus.

And Lynceus the Samian repeats several of his sayings, and asserts that
his proper name was Eucrates. And he writes thus concerning
him--"Eucrates, who was called Corydus, when he was once feasting with
some one whose house was in a very shabby condition, said, 'A man who
sups here ought to hold up the house with his left hand like the

40. But Philoxenus, who was surnamed Pternocopis, when it happened to be
mentioned that thrushes were very dear, and that too while Corydus was
present, who was said formerly to have prostituted himself--"I," said
he, "can recollect when a lark (κόρυδος) only cost an obol." (And
Philoxenus too was a parasite, as Axionicus has stated in his
Chalcidian. But the statement is thoroughly proved.) Menander too
mentions him in his Cecryphalus, calling him Pternocopis only. And
Machon the comic writer mentions him.--But Machon was either a
Corinthian or Sicyonian by birth, living, however, in my own city of
Alexandria; and he was the tutor of Aristophanes the grammarian, as far
as comedy went. And he died in Alexandria, and an inscription to the
following effect is placed upon his tomb--

     Bring, O light dust, the conqueror's ivy wreath
       To Machon, who shall live beyond the tomb,
     Machon the comic poet; for you hold
       No dirty drone, but you embrace at last
     A worthy relic of antique renown
       These words from the old bard himself might flow,
     City of Cecrops; even by the Nile
       Is found at times a plant to all the Muses dear.

And surely this is equivalent to a statement that he was an Alexandrian
by birth. However that may be, Machon mentions Corydus in these terms--

     A messmate once ask'd Eucrates (Corydus)
     On what terms he and Ptolemy did stand.
     I'm sure, said he, I cannot tell myself:
     For oft he drenches me like any doctor;
     But never gives me solid food to eat.

And Lynceus, in the second book of his treatise on Menander, says the
men who got a reputation for saying witty things were Euclides the son
of Smicrinus, and Philoxenus called Pternocopis. And of them Euclides
did at times say apophthegms not unworthy of being written down and
recollected; but in all other matters he was cold and disagreeable. But
Philoxenus did not particularly excel in short curt sayings, but still
whatever he said, whether in the way of gossip, or of a bitter attack on
any of his companions, or of relation of occurrences, was full of
pleasant and witty conversation. And yet it happened that Euclides was
not very popular, but that Philoxenus was loved and respected by every

41. But Alexis, in his Trophonius, mentions a certain Moschion, a
parasite, calling him "a messmate of every one," and saying--

                  Then comes Moschion,
     Who bears the name of messmate in the world.

And in his Pancratiast, Alexis, giving a regular catalogue of the dinner
hunters, says--

     _A._ First then there was Callimedon the crab;
          Then Cobion, and Corydus, and Cyrebion,
          Scombrus and Semidalis.

                                  _B._ Hercules!
          This is a list of dishes, not of guests.[381:1]

But Epicrates was nicknamed Cyrebion, and he was the son-in-law of
Æschines the orator, as Demosthenes tells us in the oration about the
False Embassy. And Anaxandrides, in his Ulysses, mentions such epithets
as these, which the Athenians used to affix to people out of joke;

     For ye are always mocking one another;
     I know it well. And if a man be handsome
     You call him Holy Marriage . . . .
     If a man be a perfect dwarf, a mannikin,
     You call him Drop. Is any one a dandy?
     He is called Ololus; you know an instance.
     Does a man walk about all fat and heavy,
     Like Damocles? you call him Gravy Soup.
     Does any one love dirt? his name is Dust.
     Does any one bedaub his friends with flattery?
     They call him Dingey. Does one want a supper?
     He is the fasting Cestrinus; and if
     One casts one's eye upon a handsome youth,
     They dub one Cænus, or The Manager.
     Does one in joke convey a lamb away?
     They call one Atreus; or a ram? then Phrixus:
     Or if you take a fleece, they name you Jason.

42. And he mentions Chærephon the parasite in the passage which precedes
this. But Menander mentions him likewise in the Cecryphalus: and in his
Anger he says--

     The man does not differ the least from Chærephon,
     Whoever he may be. He once was ask'd to supper
     At four o'clock, and so he early rose,
     And measuring the shadow on the dial
     By the moon's light, he started off and came
     To eat his supper at the break of day.

And in his Drunkenness he says--

     That witty fellow Chærephon delay'd me,
     Saying that he should make a marriage feast
     The twenty-second of the month, that then
     He might dine with his friends the twenty-fourth,
     For that the goddess's affairs were prospering.

And he mentions him also in his Man-woman, or the Cretan. But Timocles
in his Letters mentions him especially as having attached himself as a
parasite to Demotion, who was an intemperate man--

     But Demotion was one who spared for nothing,
     Thinking his money never could run dry,
     But dinners gave to all who liked to come.
     And Chærephon, that wretchedest of men,
     Treated his house as though it were his own.
     And yet is not this a most shameful thing,
     To take a branded slave for a parasite?
     For he's a perfect clown, and not in want.

And Antiphanes says in his Scythian--

     Let us go now to sup, just as we are,
     Bearing our torches and our garlands with us;
     'Twas thus that Chærephon, when supperless,
     Used to manœuvre for an invitation.

And Timotheus says in his Puppy--

     Let us start off to go to supper now,
     'Tis one of twenty covers as he told me;
     Though Chærephon perhaps may add himself.

43. And Apollodorus the Carystian, in his Priestess, says--

     They say that Chærephon all uninvited
     Came to the wedding feast of Ophelas,
     Thrusting himself in in unheard-of fashion.
     For carrying a basket and a garland
     When it was dark, he said that he had come
     By order of the bride, bringing some birds,
     And on this pretext he did get his supper.

And in his Murdered Woman he says--

     I Mars invoke, and mighty Victory,
     To favour this my expedition.
     I also call on Chærephon--but then
     He's sure to come, e'en if I call him not.

And Machon the comic writer says--

     Once Chærephon a lengthen'd journey took
     Out of the city to a wedding feast,
     And on his way met Diphilus the poet,
     Who greeted him--"Take my advice, O Chærephon,
     And fasten four stout nails to your two cheeks;
     Lest, while you shake your head in your long journey,
     You should put both your jaws quite out of joint.

And in another place he says--

     Chærephon once was purchasing some meat,
     And when the butcher was by chance, he says,
     Cutting him out a joint with too much bone,
     He said, O butcher, don't weigh me that bone.
     Says he, The meat is sweet, indeed men say
     The meat is always sweetest near the bone.
     But Chærephon replied, It may be sweet,
     But still it weighs much heavier than I like.

And Callimachus attributes to Chærephon a certain treatise, in the list
which he gives, entitled, A Catalogue of all sorts of Things. And he
writes thus:--"Those who have written about feasts:--Chærephon in his
Cyrebion;" and then he quotes the first sentence--"Since you have often
written to me;" and says that the work consisted of three hundred and
seventy-five lines. And that Cyrebion was a parasite has been already

44. Machon also mentions Archephon the parasite, and says--

     There was a parasite named Archephon,
     Who, having sail'd from Attica to Egypt,
     Was ask'd by Ptolemy the king to supper.
     Then many kinds of fish which cling to rocks
     Were served up, genuine crabs, and dainty limpets;
     And last of all appear'd a large round dish
     With three boil'd tench of mighty size, at which
     The guests all marvell'd; and this Archephon
     Ate of the char, and mackerel, and mullets,
     Till he could eat no longer; when he never
     Had tasted anything before more tender
     Than sprats and worthless smelts from the Phalerum;
     But from the tench he carefully abstain'd.
     And this did seem a most amazing thing,
     So that the king inquired of Alcenor,
     Whether the man had overlook'd the tench.
     The hunchback said; No, quite the contrary,
     He was the first to see them, Ptolemy,
     But still he will not touch them, for this fish
     Is one he holds in awe; and he's afraid
     And thinks it quite against his country's rules
     That he, while bringing nothing to the feast,
     Should dare to eat a fish which has a vote.

45. And Alexis in his Wine-Bibber introduces Stratius the parasite as
grumbling at the man who gives him his dinner, and speaking thus--

     I'd better be a parasite of Pegasus,
     Or the Boreadæ, or whoever else
     Is faster still, than thus to Demeas
     Eteobutades, the son of Laches,
     For he is not content to walk, but flies.

And a little afterwards he says--

     _A._ Oh Stratius, dost thou love me?

                                          _B._ Aye, I do
          More than my father, for he does not feed me;
          But you do give the best of dinners daily.

     _A._ And do you pray the gods that I may live?

     _B._ No doubt I do; for how should I myself
          Live if misfortune happen'd unto you?

And Axionicus the comic poet, in his Etrurian, mentions Gryllion the
parasite in these words--

     They cannot now make the excuse of wine,
     As Gryllion was always used to do.

And Aristodemus, in the second book of his Memoranda of Laughable
Things, gives the following list of parasites--Sostratus the parasite of
Antiochus the king, Evagoras the Hunchback, parasite of Demetrius
Poliorcetes, and Phormio parasite of Seleucus. And Lynceus the Samian,
in his Apophthegms, says--"Silanus the Athenian, when Gryllion the
parasite of Menander the satrap was passing by in a superb robe, and
accompanied by a great number of attendants, being asked who he was,
said, "He is a jaw worthy of Menander." But Chærephon the parasite,
coming once to a wedding feast without being invited, and sitting down
the last of all, when the gynæconomi had counted those who were invited,
and desired him to depart as having made the number of guests to exceed
the legitimate number of thirty, said, 'Count us over again, and begin
with me.'"

46. And that it was a custom for the officers called gynæconomi[385:1]
to superintend the banquets, and to examine into the number of those who
had been invited, and see whether it was in accordance with the law, we
may learn from Timocles in his Litigious Man, where he says--

     Open the doors at once, that we may be
     More in the light against the gynæconomus
     Shall enter and begin to count the guests,
     As he is bound to do by this new law,
     A marvellous statute. It were better far
     That he should ask who are without a dinner.

And Menander says in his Cecryphalus--

     Knowing that by some new law lately pass'd,
     The cooks who minister at marriage feasts
     Have given in their names and are enroll'd
     In the books of the gynæconomi,
     So that they may the number learn of those
     Who are invited, lest a man should feast
     More than the legal number.

And Philochorus, in the seventh book of his history of the Affairs of
Attica, says--The gynæconomi used, in conjunction with the judges of the
Areopagus, to examine the parties in private houses, and at marriage
feasts, and at all other festivals and sacrifices.

47. And Lynceus records the following sayings of Corydus:--"Once when a
courtesan whose name was Gnome was supping with Corydus, the wine ran
short, on which he desired every one to contribute two obols; and said
that Gnome should contribute whatever the people thought fit. And once
when Polyctor the harp-player was eating lentil porridge, and had got a
stone between his teeth, 'O you unhappy man!' said Corydus, 'even a
lentil strikes you.'" And perhaps he is the same person whom Machon
mentions; for he says--

     It seems that once a wretched harp-player,
     Being about to build himself a house,
     Begg'd of a friend to lend him a few stones;
     And many more will I repay, he said,
     When I've display'd my art to all the people.

And once, when somebody said to Corydus that he sometimes kissed the
neck, and the breasts, and even the navel (ὀμφαλὸς) of his wife, "That
is very wrong," said he; "for even Hercules went from Omphale to
Hebe." And when Phyromachus dipped a piece of bread into some lentil
porridge, and upset the dish, he said that it was right that he should
be fined, because he did not know how to eat properly, though he
professed to. And once, at Ptolemy's table, when a ragout was carried
round to the guests, but was finished before it came to him--"O
Ptolemy," said he, "am I drunk, or am I right in thinking that these
dishes are carried round?" And when Chærephon the parasite said that he
was unable to stand much wine, he rejoined, "No, nor stand what is put
into the wine either." And once, when at some entertainment Chærephon
rose up from supper quite naked--"O Chærephon," said he, "you are just
like a bottle, so that we can see how nearly full you are." And when
Demosthenes received that goblet from Harpalus--"This man," said he,
"who calls other men hard drinkers, has himself swallowed a large cup."
And, as he was in the habit of bringing dirty loaves to supper, once,
when somebody else brought some which were blacker still, he said, "that
he had not brought loaves, but the shades of loaves."

48. And Philoxenus the parasite, who was surnamed Pternocopis, once was
dining with Python, and olives (ἐλάαι) were put on the table, and
after a little while a dish of fish was brought; and he, striking the
dish, said--

     Μάστιξεν δ' ἐλαᾷν.

And once, at supper, when the man who had invited him had set loaves of
black bread before him, he said; "Do not give me too many, lest you
should darken the room." And Pausimachus said of a certain parasite who
was maintained by an old woman, "That the man who lived with the old
woman fared in exactly the contrary manner to the old woman herself;
for that he was always large." And he is the man of whom Machon writes
in this manner:--

     They say that Moschion the water drinker
     Once, when he was with friends in the Lyceum,
     Seeing a parasite who was used to live
     Upon a rich old woman, said to him,
     "My friend, your fate is truly marvellous;
     For your old dame does give you a big belly."

And the same man, hearing of a parasite who was maintained by an old
woman, and who lived in habits of daily intimacy with her, said--

     Nothing is strange henceforth, she brings forth nothing,
     But the man daily doth become big-bellied.

And Ptolemy, the son of Agesarchus, a native of Megalopolis, in the
second book of his history of Philopator, says that men to dine with the
king were collected from every city, and that they were called jesters.

49. And Posidonius of Apamea, in the twenty-third book of his histories,
says, "The Celtæ, even when they make war, take about with them
companions to dine with them, whom they call parasites. And these men
celebrate their praises before large companies assembled together, and
also to private individuals who are willing to listen to them: they have
also a description of people called Bards, who make them music; and
these are poets, who recite their praises with songs. And in his
thirty-fourth book, the same writer speaks of a man whose name was
Apollonius, as having been the parasite of Antiochus surnamed Grypus,
king of Syria. And Aristodemus relates that Bithys, the parasite of king
Lysimachus, once, when Lysimachus threw a wooden figure of a scorpion on
his cloak, leaped up in a great fright; but presently, when he perceived
the truth, he said, "I, too, will frighten you, O king!--give me a
talent." For Lysimachus was very stingy. And Agatharchides the Cnidian,
in the twenty-second book of his history of Europe, says that
Anthemocritus the pancratiast was the parasite of Aristomachus, the
tyrant of the Argives.

50. And Timocles has spoken in general terms of parasites in his Boxer,
when he calls them ἐπισίτιοι in these words--

     You will find here some of the parasites (ἐπισίτιοι)
     Who eat at other men's tables till they burst,
     That you might say they give themselves to athletes
     To act as quintain sacks.

And Pherecrates, in his Old Women, says--

     _A._ But you, my friend Smicythion, will not
          Get your food (ἐπισιτίζομαι) quicker.

                                                  _B._ Who, I pray, is

     _A._ I bring this greedy stranger everywhere,
          As if he were my hired slave or soldier.

For those men are properly called ἐπισίτιοι who do any service for their
keep. Plato says, in the fourth book of his treatise on Politics,
"And the ἐπισίτιοι do these things, who do not, as others do, receive
any wages in addition to their food." And Aristophanes says, in his

     For if you prosecute one wicked man,
     Twelve ἐπισίτιοι will come against you,
     And so defeat you by their evidence.

And Eubulus says, in his Dædalus--

     He wishes to remain an ἐπισίτιος
     Among them, and will never ask for wages.

51. And Diphilus, in his Synoris (and Synoris is the name of a
courtesan), mentioning Euripides (and Euripides is the name given to a
particular throw on the dice), and punning on the name of the poet, says
this at the same time about parasites:--

     _A._ You have escaped well from such a throw.

     _S._ You are right witty.

                               _A._ Well, lay down your drachma.

     _S._ That has been done: how shall I throw Euripides?

     _A._ Euripides will never save a woman.
          See you not how he hates them in his tragedies?
          But he has always fancied parasites,
          And thus he speaks, you'll easily find the place:
          "For every rich man who does not feed
          At least three men who give no contribution,
          Exile deserves and everlasting ruin."

     _S._ Where is that passage?

                                 _A._ What is that to you?
          'Tis not the play, but the intent that signifies.

And in the amended edition of the same play, speaking of a parasite in a
passion, he says--

     Is then the parasite angry? is he furious?
     Not he; he only smears with gall the table,
     And weans himself like any child from milk.

And immediately afterwards he adds--

     _A._ Then you may eat, O parasite.

                                        _B._ Just see
          How he disparages that useful skill.

     _A._ Well, know you not that all men rank a parasite
          Below a harp-player?

And in the play, which is entitled The Parasite, he says--

     A surly man should never be a parasite.

52. And Menander, in his Passion, speaking of a friend who had refused
an invitation to a marriage feast, says--

     This is to be a real friend: not one
     Who asks, What time is dinner? as the rest do.
     And, Why should we not all at once sit down?
     And fishes for another invitation
     To-morrow and next day, and then again
     Asks if there's not a funeral feast to follow.

And Alexis in his Orestes, Nicostratus in his Plutus, Menander in his
Drunkenness, and in his Lawgiver, speak in the same way; and Philonides,
in his Buskins, says--

     I being abstinent cannot endure
     Such things as these.

But there are many other kindred nouns to the noun παράσιτος: there is
ἐπίσιτος, which has already been mentioned; and οἰκόσιτος, and σιτόκουρος, and
αὐτόσιτος; and besides these, there is κακόσιτος and ὀλιγόσιτος: and
Anaxandrides uses the word οἰκόσιτος in his Huntsmen--

     A son who feeds at home (οἰκόσιτος) is a great comfort.

And a man is called οἰκόσιτος who serves the city, not for hire, but
gratis. Antiphanes, in his Scythian, says--

     The οἰκόσιτος quickly doth become
     A regular attendant at th' assembly.

And Menander says, in his Ring--

     We found a bridegroom willing to keep house (οἰκόσιτος)
     At his own charges, for no dowry seeking.

And in his Harp-player he says--

     You do not get your hearers there for nothing (οἰκοσίτους).

Crates uses the word ἐπισίτιος in his Deeds of Daring, saying--

     He feeds his messmate (ἐπισίτιον) while he shivers thus
     In Megabyzus' house, and he will have
     Food for his wages.

And he also uses the word in a peculiar sense in his Women dining
together, where he says--

     It is a well-bred custom not to assemble
     A crowd of women, nor to feast a multitude;
     But to make a domestic (οἰκοσίτους) wedding feast.

And the word σιτόκουρος is used by Alexis, in his Woman sitting up all
Night or the Weavers--

     You will be but a walking bread-devourer (σιτόκουρος)

And Menander calls a man who is useless, and who lives to no purpose,
σιτόκουρος, in his Thrasyleon, saying--

     A lazy ever-procrastinating fellow,
     A σιτόκουρος, miserable, useless,
     Owning himself a burden on the earth.

And in his Venal People he says--

     Wretch, you were standing at the door the while,
     Having laid down your burden; while, for us,
     We took the wretched σιτόκουρος in.

And Crobylus used the word αὐτόσιτος (bringing one's own provisions), in
The Man hanged--

     A parasite αὐτόσιτος, feeding himself,
     You do contribute much to aid your master.

And Eubulus has the word κακόσιτος (eating badly, having no appetite),
in his Ganymede--

     Sleep nourishes him since he's no appetite (κακόσιτος).

And the word ὀλιγόσιτος (a sparing eater) occurs in Phrynichus, in his
The solitary Man--

     What does that sparing eater (ὀλιγόσιτος) Hercules there?

And Pherecrates, or Strattis, in his Good Men--

     How sparingly you eat, who in one day
     Swallow the food of an entire trireme.

53. When Plutarch had said all this about parasites, Democritus, taking
up the discourse, said, And I myself, 'like wood well-glued to wood,' as
the Theban poet has it, will say a word about flatterers.

     For of all men the flatterer fares best,

as the excellent Menander says. And there is no great difference between
calling a man a flatterer and a parasite. Accordingly, Lynceus the
Samian, in his Commentaries, gives the name of parasite to Cleisophus,
the man who is universally described as the flatterer of Philip, the
king of the Macedonians (but he was an Athenian by birth, as Satyrus the
Peripatetic affirms, in his Life of Philip). And Lynceus
says--"Cleisophus, the parasite of Philip, when Philip rebuked him for
being continually asking for something, replied, 'I am very forgetful.'
Afterwards, when Philip had given him a wounded horse, he sold him; and
when, after a time, the king asked him what had become of him, he
answered, 'He was sold by that wound of his.' And when Philip laughed at
him, and took it good-humouredly, he said, 'Is it not then worth my
while to keep you?'" And Hegesander the Delphian, in his Commentaries,
makes this mention of Cleisophus:--"When Philip the king said that
writings had been brought to him from Cotys, king of Thrace, Cleisophus,
who was present, said, 'It is well, by the gods.' And when Philip said,
'But what do you know of the subjects mentioned in these writings?' he
said, 'By the great Jupiter, you have reproved me with admirable

54. But Satyrus, in his Life of Philip, says, "When Philip lost his eye,
Cleisophus came forth with him, with bandages on the same eye as the
king; and again, when his leg was hurt, he came out limping, along with
the king. And if ever Philip ate any harsh or sour food, he would
contract his features, as if he, too, had the same taste in his mouth.
But in the country of the Arabs they used to do these things, not out of
flattery, but in obedience to some law; so that whenever the king had
anything the matter with any one of his limbs, the courtiers pretended
to be suffering the same inconvenience: for they think it ridiculous to
be willing to be buried with him when he dies, but not to pay him the
compliment of appearing to be subject to the same sufferings as he is
while alive, if he sustains any injury." But Nicolaus of Damascus,--and
he was one of the Peripatetic school,--in his very voluminous history
(for it consisted of a hundred and forty-four books), in the hundred and
eleventh book says, that Adiatomus the king of the Sotiani (and that is
a Celtic tribe) had six hundred picked men about him, who were called by
the Gauls, in their national language, Siloduri--which word means in
Greek, Bound under a vow. "And the king has them as companions, to live
with him and to die with him; as that is the vow which they all take. In
return for which, they also share his power, and wear the same dress,
and eat the same food; and they die when he dies, as a matter of
absolute necessity, if the king dies of any disease; or if he dies in
war, or in any other manner. And no one can even say that any of them
has shown any fear of death, or has in the least sought to evade it when
the king is dead."

55. But Theopompus says, in the forty-fourth book of his Histories,
that Philip appointed Thrasydæus the Thessalian tyrant over all those of
his nation, though a man who had but little intellect, but who was an
egregious flatterer. But Arcadion the Achæan was not a flatterer, who is
mentioned by the same Theopompus, and also by Duris in the fifth book of
his History of Macedonian Affairs. Now this Arcadion hated Philip, and
on account of this hatred voluntarily banished himself from his country.
And he was a man of the most admirable natural abilities, and numbers of
clever sayings of his are related. It happened then once, when Philip
was sojourning at Delphi, that Arcadion also was there; and the
Macedonian beheld him and called him to him, and said, How much further,
O Arcadion, do you mean to go by way of banishment? And he replied--

     Until I meet with men who know not Philip.

But Phylarchus, in the twenty-first book of his History, says that
Philip laughed at this, and invited Arcadion to supper, and that in that
way he got rid of his enmity. But of Nicesias the flatterer of
Alexander, Hegesander gives the following account:--"When Alexander
complained of being bitten by the flies and was eagerly brushing them
off, a man of the name of Nicesias, one of his flatterers who happened
to be present, said,--Beyond all doubt those flies will be far superior
to all other flies, now that they have tasted your blood." And the same
man says that Cheirisophus also, the flatterer of Dionysius, when he saw
Dionysius laughing with some of his acquaintances, (but he was some way
off himself, so that he could not hear what they were laughing at,)
laughed also. And when Dionysius asked him on what account he, who could
not possibly hear what was said, laughed, said--I feel that confidence
in you that I am quite sure that what has been said is worth laughing

56. His son also, the second Dionysius, had numerous flatterers, who
were called by the common people Dionysiocolaces. And they, because
Dionysius himself was not very sharp sighted, used to pretend while at
supper not to be able to see very far, but they would touch whatever was
near them as if they could not see it, until Dionysius himself guided
their hands to the dishes. And when Dionysius spat, they would often put
out their own faces for him to spit upon: and then licking off the
spittle and even his vomit, they declared that it was sweeter than
honey. And Timæus, in the twenty-second book of his Histories, says that
Democles the flatterer of the younger Dionysius, as it was customary in
Sicily to make a sacrifice from house to house in honour of the nymphs,
and for men to spend the night around their statues when quite drunk,
and to dance around the goddesses--Democles neglecting the nymphs, and
saying that there was no use in attending to lifeless deities, went and
danced before Dionysius. And at a subsequent time being once sent on an
embassy with some colleagues to Dion, when they were all proceeding in a
trireme, he being accused by the rest of behaving in a seditious manner
in respect of this journey, and of having injured the general interests
of Dionysius, when Dionysius was very indignant, he said that
differences had arisen between himself and his colleagues, because after
supper they took a pæan of Phrynichus or Stesichorus, and some of them
took one of Pindar's and sang it; but he, with those who agreed with
him, went entirely through the hymns which had been composed by
Dionysius himself. And he undertook to bring forward undeniable proof of
this assertion. For that his accusers were not acquainted with the
modulation of those songs, but that he on the contrary was ready to sing
them all through one after the other. And so, when Dionysius was
pacified, Democles continued, and said, "But you would do me a great
favour, O Dionysius, if you were to order any one of those who knows it
to teach me the pæan which you composed in honour of Æsculapius; for I
hear that you have taken great pains with that."

And once, when some friends were invited to supper by Dionysius,
Dionysius coming into the room, said, "O, my friends, letters have been
sent to us from the generals who have been despatched to Naples;" and
Democles interrupting him, said, "By the gods, they have done well, O
Dionysius." And he, looking upon him, said, "But how do you know whether
what they have written is in accordance with my expectation or the
contrary?" And Democles replied, "By the gods, you have properly rebuked
me, O Dionysius." Timæus also affirms that there was a man named
Satyrus, who was a flatterer of both the Dionysii.

57. And Hegesander relates that Hiero the tyrant was also rather weak
in his eyes; and that his friends who supped with him made mistakes in
the dishes on purpose, in order to let him set them right, and to give
him an opportunity of appearing clearer-sighted than the rest. And
Hegesander says that Euclides, who was surnamed Seutlus, (and he too was
a parasite,) once when a great quantity of sow-thistles (σόγκος) was set
before him at a banquet, said, "Capaneus, who is introduced by Euripides
in his Suppliant Women, was a very witty man--

     Detesting tables where there was too much pride (ὄγκος).

But those who were the leaders of the people at Athens, says he, in the
Chremonidean war, flattered the Athenians, and said, "that everything
else was common to all the Greeks; but that the Athenians were the only
men who knew the road which leads to heaven." And Satyrus, in his Lives,
says that Anaxarchus, the Eudæmonical philosopher, was one of the
flatterers of Alexander; and that he once, when on a journey in company
with the king, when a violent and terrible thunderstorm took place, so
as to frighten everybody, said--"Was it you, O Alexander, son of
Jupiter, who caused this?" And that he laughed and said--"Not I; for I
do not wish to be formidable, as you make me out; you also desire me to
have brought to me at supper the heads of satraps and kings." And
Aristobulus of Cassandria says that Dioxippus the Athenian, a
pancratiast, once when Alexander was wounded and when the blood flowed,

     'Tis ichor, such as flows from the blessed gods.

58. And Epicrates the Athenian, having gone on an embassy to the king,
according to the statement of Hegesander, and having received many
presents from him, was not ashamed to flatter the king openly and
boldly, so as even to say that the best way was not to choose nine
archons every year, but nine ambassadors to the king. But I wonder at
the Athenians, how they allowed him to make such a speech without
bringing him to trial, and yet fined Demades ten talents, because he
thought Alexander a god; and they put Evagoras to death, because when he
went as ambassador to the king he adored him. And Timon the Phliasian,
in the third book of his Silli, says that Ariston the Chian, an
acquaintance and pupil of Zeno the Citiean, was a flatterer of Persæus
the philosopher, because he was a companion of Antigonus the king. But
Phylarchus, in the sixth book of his Histories, says that Nicesias the
flatterer of Alexander, when he saw the king in convulsions from some
medicine which he had taken, said--"O king, what must we do, when even
you gods suffer in this manner?" and that Alexander, scarcely looking
up, said--"What sort of gods? I am afraid rather we are hated by the
gods." And in his twenty-eighth book the same Phylarchus says that
Apollophanes was a flatterer of Antigonus who was surnamed Epitropus,
who took Lacedæmon, and who used to say that the fortune of Antigonus

59. But Euphantus, in the fourth book of his Histories, says that
Callicrates was a flatterer of Ptolemy, the third king of Egypt, who was
so subtle a flatterer that he not only bore an image of Ulysses on his
seal, but that he also gave his children the names of Telegonus, and
Anticlea. And Polybius, in the thirteenth book of his Histories, says
that Heraclides the Tarentine was a flatterer of the Philip whose power
was destroyed by the Romans; and that it was he who overturned his whole
kingdom. And in his fourteenth book, he says that Philo was a flatterer
of Agathocles the son of Œnanthe, and the companion of the king
Ptolemy Philopator. And Baton of Sinope relates, in his book about the
tyranny of Hieronymus, that Thraso, who was surnamed Carcharus, was the
flatterer of Hieronymus the tyrant of Syracuse, saying that he every day
used to drink a great quantity of unmixed wine. But another flatterer,
by name Osis, caused Thraso to be put to death by Hieronymus; and he
persuaded Hieronymus himself to assume the diadem, and the purple and
all the rest of the royal apparel, which Dionysius the tyrant was
accustomed to wear. And Agatharchides, in the thirtieth book of his
Histories, says--"Hæresippus the Spartan was a man of no moderate
iniquity, not even putting on any appearance of goodness; but having
very persuasive flattering language, and being a very clever man at
paying court to the rich as long as their fortune lasted. Such also was
Heraclides the Maronite, the flatterer of Seuthes the king of the
Thracians, who is mentioned by Xenophon in the seventh book of the

60. But Theopompus, in the eighteenth book of his Histories, speaking of
Nicostratus the Argive, and saying how he flattered the Persian king,
writes as follows--"But how can we think Nicostratus the Argive anything
but a wicked man? who, when he was president of the city of Argos, and
when he had received all the distinctions of family, and riches, and
large estates from his ancestors, surpassed all men in his flatteries
and attentions to the king, outrunning not only those who bore a part in
that expedition, but even all who had lived before; for in the first
place, he was so anxious for honours from the barbarian, that, wishing
to please him more and to be more trusted by him, he brought his son to
the king, a thing which no one else will ever be found to have done. And
then, every day when he was about to go to supper he had a table set
apart, to which he gave the name of the Table of the King's Deity,
loading it with meat and all other requisites; hearing that those who
live at the doors of the royal palace among the Persians do the same
thing, and thinking that by this courtier-like attention he should get
more from the king. For he was exceedingly covetous, and not scrupulous
as to the means he employed for getting money, so that indeed no one was
ever less so. And Lysimachus was a flatterer and the tutor of Attalus
the king, a man whom Callimachus sets down as a Theodorean, but
Hermippus sets him down in the list of the disciples of Theophrastus.
And this man wrote books also about the education of Attalus, full of
every kind of adulation imaginable. But Polybius, in the eighth book of
his Histories, says, "Cavarus the Gaul, who was in other respects a good
man, was depraved by Sostratus the flatterer, who was a Chalcedonian by

61. Nicolaus, in the hundred and fourteenth book of his Histories, says
that Andromachus of Carrhæ was a flatterer of Licinius Crassus, who
commanded the expedition against the Parthians; and that Crassus
communicated all his designs to him, and was, in consequence, betrayed
to the Parthians by him, and so destroyed. But Andromachus was not
allowed by the deity to escape unpunished. For having obtained, as the
reward of his conduct, the sovereignty over his native place Carrhæ, he
behaved with such cruelty and violence that he was burnt with his whole
family by the Carrhans. And Posidonius the Apamean, who was afterwards
surnamed Rhodius, in the fourth book of his Histories, says that Hierax
of Antioch, who used formerly to accompany the singers called Lysiodi
on the flute, afterwards became a terrible flatterer of Ptolemy, seventh
king of Egypt of that name, who was also surnamed Euergetes; and that he
had the very greatest influence over him, as also he had with Ptolemy
Philometor, though he was afterwards put to death by him. And Nicolaus
the Peripatetic states that Sosipater was a flatterer of Mithridates, a
man who was by trade a conjurer. And Theopompus, in the ninth book of
his History of Grecian Affairs, says that Athenæus the Eretrian was a
flatterer and servant of Sisyphus the tyrant of Pharsalus.

62. The whole populace of the Athenians, too, was very notorious for the
height to which it pushed its flattery; accordingly, Demochares the
cousin of Demosthenes the orator, in the twentieth book of his
Histories, speaking of the flattery practised by the Athenians towards
Demetrius Poliorcetes, and saying that he himself did not at all like
it, writes as follows--"And some of these things annoyed him greatly, as
they well might. And, indeed, other parts of their conduct were utterly
mean and disgraceful. They consecrated temples to Leæna Venus and Lamia
Venus, and they erected altars and shrines as if to heroes, and
instituted libations in honour of Burichus, and Adeimantus, and
Oxythemis, his flatterers. And poems were sung in honour of all these
people, so that even Demetrius himself was astonished at what they did,
and said that in his time there was not one Athenian of a great or
vigorous mind." The Thebans also flattered Demetrius, as Polemo relates
in the treatise on the Ornamented Portico at Sicyon; and they, too,
erected a temple to Lamia Venus. But she was one of Demetrius's
mistresses, as also was Leæna. So that why should we wonder at the
Athenians, who stooped even to become flatterers of flatterers, singing
pæans and hymns to Demetrius himself?

Accordingly Demochares, in the twenty-first book of his Histories,
says--"And the Athenians received Demetrius when he came from Leucadia
and Corcyra to Athens, not only with frankincense, and crowns, and
libations of wine, but they even went out to meet him with hymns, and
choruses, and ithyphalli, and dancing and singing, and they stood in
front of him in multitudes, dancing and singing, and saying that he was
the only true god, and that all the rest of the gods were either asleep,
or gone away to a distance, or were no gods at all. And they called him
the son of Neptune and Venus, for he was eminent for beauty, and affable
to all men with a natural courtesy and gentleness of manner. And they
fell at his feet and addressed supplications and prayers to him."

63. Demochares, then, has said all this about the adulatory spirit and
conduct of the Athenians. And Duris the Samian, in the twenty-second
book of his Histories, has given the very ithyphallic hymn which they
addressed to him--

     Behold the greatest of the gods and dearest
           Are come to this city,
     For here Demeter[398:1] and Demetrius are
           Present in season.
     She indeed comes to duly celebrate
           The sacred mysteries
     Of her most holy daughter--he is present
           Joyful and beautiful,
     As a god ought to be, with smiling face
           Showering his blessings round.
     How noble doth he look! his friends around,
           Himself the centre.
     His friends resemble the bright lesser stars,
           Himself is Phœbus.
     Hail, ever-mighty Neptune's mightier son;
           Hail, son of Venus.
     For other gods do at a distance keep,
           Or have no ears,
     Or no existence; and they heed not us--
           But you are present,
     Not made of wood or stone, a genuine god.
           We pray to thee.
       First of all give us peace, O dearest god--
           For you are lord of peace--
     And crush for us yourself, for you've the power,
           This odious Sphinx;
     Which now destroys not Thebes alone, but Greece--
           The whole of Greece--
     I mean th' Ætolian, who, like her of old,
           Sits on a rock,
     And tears and crushes all our wretched bodies.
           Nor can we him resist.
     For all th' Ætolians plunder all their neighbours;
           And now they stretch afar
     Their lion hands; but crush them, mighty lord,
           Or send some Œdipus
     Who shall this Sphinx hurl down from off his precipice,
           Or starve him justly.

64. This is what was sung by the nation which once fought at Marathon,
and they sang it not only in public, but in their private houses--men
who had once put a man to death for offering adoration to the king of
Persia, and who had slain countless myriads of barbarians. Therefore,
Alexis, in his Apothecary or Cratevas, introduces a person pledging one
of the guests in a cup of wine, and represents him as saying--

     Boy, give a larger cup, and pour therein
     Four cyathi of strong and friendly drink,
     In honour of all present. Then you shall add
     Three more for love; one for the victory,
     The glorious victory of King Antigonus,
     Another for the young Demetrius.

            *       *       *       *       *

And presently he adds--

     Bring a third cup in honour now of Venus,
     The lovely Venus. Hail, my friends and guests;
     I drink this cup to the success of all of you.

65. Such were the Athenians at that time, after flattery, that worst of
wild beasts, had inspired their city with frenzy, that city which once
the Pythia entitled the Hearth of Greece, and which Theopompus, who
hated them, called the Prytaneum of Greece; he who said in other places
that Athens was full of drunken flatterers, and sailors, and
pickpockets, and also of false witnesses, sycophants, and false
accusers. And it is my opinion that it was they who introduced all the
flattery which we have been speaking of, like a storm, or other
infliction, sent on men by the gods; concerning which Diogenes said,
very elegantly--"That it was much better to go ἐς κόρακας than ἐς
κόλακας, who eat up all the good men while they are still alive;" and,
accordingly, Anaxilas says, in his Young Woman--

     The flatterers are worms which prey upon
     All who have money; for they make an entrance
     Into the heart of a good guileless man,
     And take their seat there, and devour it,
     Till they have drain'd it like the husk of wheat,
     And leave the shell; and then attack some other.

And Plato says, in his Phædrus--"Nature has mingled some pleasure which
is not entirely inelegant in its character of a flatterer, though he is
an odious beast, and a great injury to a state." And Theophrastus, in
his treatise on Flattery, says that Myrtis the priest, the Argive,
taking by the ear Cleonymus (who was a dancer and also a flatterer, and
who often used to come and sit by him and his fellow-judges, and who was
anxious to be seen in company with those who were thought of
consideration in the city), and dragging him out of the assembly, said
to him in the hearing of many people, You shall not dance here, and you
shall not hear us. And Diphilus, in his Marriage, says--

     A flatterer destroys
       By his pernicious speeches
     Both general and prince,
       Both private friends and states;
     He pleases for a while,
       But causes lasting ruin.
     And now this evil habit
       Has spread among the people,
     Our courts are all diseased,
       And all is done by favour.

So that the Thessalians did well who razed the city which was called
Colaceia (Flattery), which the Melians used to inhabit, as Theopompus
relates in the thirtieth book of his History.

66. But Phylarchus says, that those Athenians who settled in Lemnos were
great flatterers, mentioning them as such in the thirteenth book of his
History. For that they, wishing to display their gratitude to the
descendants of Seleucus and Antiochus, because Seleucus not only
delivered them when they were severely oppressed by Lysimachus, but also
restored both their cities to them,--they, I say, the Athenians in
Lemnos, not only erected temples to Seleucus, but also to his son
Antiochus; and they have given to the cup, which at their feasts is
offered at the end of the banquet, the name of the cup of Seleucus the

Now some people, perverting the proper name, call this flattery
ἀρέσκεια, complaisance; as Anaxandrides does in his Samian, where he

     For flattery is now complaisance call'd.

But those who devote themselves to flattery are not aware that that art
is one which flourishes only a short time. Accordingly, Alexis says in
his Liar--

     A flatterer's life but a brief space endures,
     For no one likes a hoary parasite.

And Clearchus the Solensian, in the first book of his Amatory treatises,
says--"No flatterer is constant in his friendship. For time destroys the
falsehood of his pretences, and a lover is only a flatterer and a
pretended friend on account of youth or beauty." One of the flatterers
of Demetrius the king was Adeimantus of Lampsacus, who having built a
temple in Thriæ, and placed statues in it, called it the temple of Phila
Venus, and called the place itself Philæum, from Phila the mother of
Demetrius; as we are told by Dionysius the son of Tryphon, in the tenth
book of his treatise on Names.

67. But Clearchus the Solensian, in his book which is inscribed
Gergithius, tells us whence the origin of the name flatterer is derived;
and mentioning Gergithius himself, from whom the treatise has its name,
he says that he was one of Alexander's flatterers; and he tells the
story thus--"That flattery debases the characters of the flatterers,
making them apt to despise whoever they associate with; and a proof of
this is, that they endure everything, well knowing what they dare do.
And those who are flattered by them, being puffed up by their adulation,
they make foolish and empty-headed, and cause them to believe that they,
and everything belonging to them, are of a higher order than other
people." And then proceeding to mention a certain young man, a Paphian
by birth, but a king by the caprice of fortune, he says--"This young man
(and he does not mention his name) used out of his preposterous luxury
to lie on a couch with silver feet, with a smooth Sardian carpet spread
under it of the most expensive description. And over him was thrown a
piece of purple cloth, edged with a scarlet fringe; and he had three
pillows under his head made of the finest linen, and of purple colour,
by which he kept himself cool. And under his feet he had two pillows of
the kind called Dorian, of a bright crimson colour; and on all this he
lay himself, clad in a white robe.

68. "And all the monarchs who have at any time reigned in Cyprus have
encouraged a race of nobly-born flatterers as useful to them; for they
are a possession very appropriate to tyrants. And no one ever knows them
(any more than they do the judges of the Areopagus), either how many
they are, or who they are, except that perhaps some of the most eminent
may be known or suspected. And the flatterers at Salamis are divided
into two classes with reference to their families; and it is from the
flatterers in Salamis that all the rest of the flatterers in the other
parts of Cyprus are derived; and one of these two classes is called the
Gergini, and the other the Promalanges. Of which, the Gergini mingle
with the people in the city, and go about as eavesdroppers and spies in
the workshops and the market-places; and whatever they hear, they report
every day to those who are called their Principals. But the Promalanges,
being a sort of superior investigators, inquire more particularly into
all that is reported by the Gergini which appears worthy of being
investigated; and the way in which they conduct themselves towards every
one is so artificial and gentle, that, as it seems to me, and as they
themselves allege, the very seed of notable flatterers has been spread
by them over all the places at a distance. Nor do they pride themselves
slightly on their skill, because they are greatly honoured by the kings;
but they say that one of the Gergini, being a descendant of those
Trojans whom Teucer took as slaves, having selected them from the
captives, and then brought and settled in Cyprus, going along the
sea-coast with a few companions, sailed towards Æolis, in order to seek
out and re-establish the country of his ancestors; and that he, taking
some Mysians to himself, inhabited a city near the Trojan Ida, which was
formerly called Gergina, from the name of the inhabitants, but is now
called Gergitha. For some of the party being, as it seems, separated
from this expedition, stopped in Cymæa, being by birth a Cretan race,
and not from the Thessalian Tricca, as some have affirmed,--men whose
ignorance I take to be beyond the skill of all the descendants of
Æsculapius to cure.

69. "There were also in this country, in the time of Glutus the Carian,
women attaching themselves to the Queens, who were called flatterers;
and a few of them who were left crossed the sea, and were sent for to
the wives of Artabazus and Mentor, and instead of κολακίδες were
called κλιμακίδες from this circumstance. By way of making themselves
agreeable to those who had sent for them, they made a ladder
(κλίμακια) of themselves, in such a manner that there was a way of
ascending over their backs, and also a way of descending, for their
mistresses when they drove out in chariots: to such a pitch of luxury,
not to say of miserable helplessness, did they bring those silly women
by their contrivance. Therefore, they themselves, when they were
compelled by fortune to quit that very luxurious way of living, lived
with great hardship in their old age. And the others who had received
these habits from us, when they were deprived of their authority came to
Macedonia; and the customs which they taught to the wives and princesses
of the great men in that country by their association with them, it is
not decent even to mention further than this, that practising magic arts
themselves, and being the objects of them when practised by others, they
did not spare even the places of the greatest resort, but they became
complete vagabonds, and the very scum of the streets, polluted with all
sorts of abominations. Such and so great are the evils which seem to be
engendered by flattery in the case of all people who admit from their
own inclination and predisposition to be flattered."

70. And a little further Clearchus goes on as follows:--"But still a man
may have a right to find fault with that young man for the way in which
he used those things, as I have said before. For his slaves stood in
short tunics a little behind the couch: and as there are now three men
on whose account all this discussion has been originated, and as all
these men are men who have separate names among us, the one sat on the
couch close to his feet, letting the feet of the young man rest upon his
knees, and covering them with a thin cloth; and what he did further is
plain enough, even if I do not mention it. And this servant is called by
the natives Parabystus, because he works his way into the company of
those men even who do not willingly receive him, by the very skilful
character of his flatteries. The second was one sitting on a certain
chair which was placed close to the couch; and he, holding by the hand
of the young man, as he let it almost drop, and clinging to it, kept on
rubbing it, and taking each of his fingers in turn he rubbed it and
stretched it, so that the man appeared to have said a very witty thing
who first gave that officer the name of Sicya.[403:1] The third,
however, was the most noble of all, and was called Theer (or the wild
beast), who was indeed the principal person of the whole body, and who
stood at his master's head, and shared his linen pillows, lying upon
them in a most friendly manner. And with his left hand he kept smoothing
the hair of the young man, and with his right hand he kept moving up and
down a Phocæan fan, so as to please him while waving it, without force
enough to brush anything away. On which account, it appears to me, that
some high-born god must have been angry with him and have sent a fly to
attack the young man, a fly like that with whose audacity Homer says
that Minerva inspired Menelaus, so vigorous and fearless was it in

"So when the young man was stung, this man uttered such a loud scream in
his behalf, and was so indignant, that on account of his hatred to one
fly he banished the whole tribe of flies from his house: from which it
is quite plain that he appointed this servant for this especial

71. But Leucon, the tyrant of Pontus, was a different kind of man, who
when he knew that many of his friends had been plundered by one of the
flatterers whom he had about him, perceiving that the man was
calumniating some one of his remaining friends, said, "I swear by the
gods that I would kill you if a tyrannical government did not stand in
need of bad men." And Antiphanes the comic writer, in his Soldier, gives
a similar account of the luxury of the kings in Cyprus. And he
represents one of them as asking a soldier these questions--

     _A._ Tell me now, you had lived some time in Cyprus?
          Say you not so?

                          _B._ Yes, all the time of the war.

     _A._ In what part most especially? tell me that.

     _B._ In Paphos, where you should have seen the luxury
          That did exist, or you could not believe it.

     _A._ What kind of luxury?

                               _B._ The king was fann'd
          While at his supper by young turtle-doves
          And by nought else.

                              _A._ How mean you? never mind
          My own affairs, but let me ask you this.

     _B._ He was anointed with a luscious ointment
          Brought up from Syria, made of some rich fruit
          Which they do say doves love to feed upon.
          They were attracted by the scent and flew
          Around the royal temples; and had dared
          To seat themselves upon the monarch's head,
          But that the boys who sat around with sticks
          Did keep them at a slight and easy distance.
          And so they did not perch, but hover'd round,
          Neither too far nor yet too near, still fluttering,
          So that they raised a gentle breeze to blow
          Not harshly on the forehead of the king.

72. The flatterer (κόλαξ) of that young man whom we have been speaking
of must have been a μαλακοκόλαξ, (a soft flatterer,) as Clearchus
says. For besides flattering such a man as that, he invents a regular
gait and dress harmonizing with that of those who receive the flattery,
folding his arms and wrapping himself up in a small cloak; on which
account some men call him Paranconistes, and some call him a Repository
of Attitudes. For really a flatterer does seem to be the very same
person with Proteus himself. Accordingly he changes into nearly every
sort of person, not only in form, but also in his discourse, so very
varied in voice he is.

But Androcydes the physician said that flattery had its name (κολάκεια)
from becoming glued (ἀπὸ τοῦ προσκολλᾶσθαι) to men's acquaintance. But it
appears to me that they were named from their facility; because a
flatterer will undergo anything, like a person who stoops down to carry
another on his back, by reason of his natural disposition, not being
annoyed at anything, however disgraceful it may be.

And a man will not be much out who calls the life of that young Cyprian
a wet one. And Alexis says that there were many tutors and teachers of
that kind of life at Athens, speaking thus in his Pyraunus--

     I wish'd to try another style of life,
     Which all men are accustom'd to call wet.
     So walking three days in the Ceramicus,
     I found it may be thirty skilful teachers
     Of the aforesaid life, from one single school.

And Crobylus says in his Female Deserter--

     The wetness of your life amazes me,
     For men do call intemperance now wetness.

73. And Antiphanes, in his Lemnian Women, lays it down that flattery is
a kind of art, where he says--

     Is there, or can there be an art more pleasing,
     Or any source of gain more sure and gainful
     Than well-judged flattery? Why does the painter
     Take so much pains and get so out of temper?
     Why does the farmer undergo such risks?
     Indeed all men are full of care and trouble.
     But life for us is full of fun and laughter.
     For where the greatest business is amusement,
     To laugh and joke and drink full cups of wine,
     Is not that pleasant? How can one deny?
     'Tis the next thing to being rich oneself.

But Menander, in his play called the Flatterer, has given us the
character of one as carefully and faithfully as it was possible to
manage it: as also Diphilus has of a parasite in his Telesias. And
Alexis, in his Liar, has introduced a flatterer speaking in the
following manner--

     By the Olympian Jove and by Minerva
     I am a happy man. And not alone
     Because I'm going to a wedding dinner,
     But because I shall burst, an it please God.
     And would that I might meet with such a death.

And it seems to me, my friends, that that fine epicure would not have
scrupled to quote from the Omphale of Ion the tragedian, and to say--

     For I must speak of a yearly feast
     As if it came round every day.

74. But Hippias the Erythræan, in the second book of his Histories of
his own Country, relating how the kingdom of Cnopus was subverted by the
conduct of his flatterers, says this--"When Cnopus consulted the oracle
about his safety, the god, in his answer, enjoined him to sacrifice to
the crafty Mercury. And when, after that, he went to Delphi, they who
were anxious to put an end to his kingly power in order to establish an
oligarchy instead of it, (and those who wished this were Ortyges, and
Irus, and Echarus, who, because they were most conspicuous in paying
court to the princes, were called adorers and flatterers,) they, I say,
being on a voyage in company with Cnopus, when they were at a distance
from land, bound Cnopus and threw him into the sea; and then they sailed
to Chios, and getting a force from the tyrants there, Amphiclus and
Polytechnus, they sailed by night to Erythræ, and just at the same time
the corpse of Cnopus was washed up on the sea-shore at Erythræ, at a
place which is now called Leopodon. And while Cleonice, the wife of
Cnopus, was busied about the offices due to the corpse, (and it was the
time of the festival and assembly instituted in honour of Diana
Stophea,) on a sudden there is heard the noise of a trumpet; and the
city is taken by Ortyges and his troops, and many of the friends of
Cnopus are put to death; and Cleonice, hearing what had happened, fled
to Colophon.

75. "But Ortyges and his companions, establishing themselves as tyrants,
and having possessed themselves of the supreme power in Chios, destroyed
all who opposed their proceedings, and they subverted the laws, and
themselves managed the whole of the affairs of the state, admitting none
of the popular party within the walls. And they established a court of
justice outside the walls, before the gates; and there they tried all
actions, sitting as judges, clothed in purple cloaks, and in tunics with
purple borders, and they wore sandals with many slits in them during the
hot weather; but in winter they always walked about in women's shoes;
and they let their hair grow, and took great care of it so as to have
ringlets, dividing it on the top of their head with fillets of yellow
and purple. And they wore ornaments of solid gold, like women, and they
compelled some of the citizens to carry their litters, and some to act
as lictors to them, and some to sweep the roads. And they sent for the
sons of some of the citizens to their parties when they supped together;
and some they ordered to bring their own wives and daughters within. And
on those who disobeyed they inflicted the most extreme punishment. And
if any one of their companions died, then collecting the citizens with
their wives and children, they compelled them by violence to utter
lamentations over the dead, and to beat their breasts, and to cry out
shrilly and loudly with their voices, a man with a scourge standing over
them, who compelled them to do so--until Hippotes, the brother of
Cnopus, coming to Erythræ with an army at the time of a festival, the
people of Erythræ assisting him, set upon the tyrants, and having
punished a great many of their companions, slew Ortyges in his flight,
and all who were with him, and treated their wives and children with the
very extremity of ill-usage, and delivered his country."

76. Now from all this we may understand, my friends, of how many evils
flattery is the cause in human life. For Theopompus, in the nineteenth
book of his history of the Transactions of Philip, says, "Agathocles was
a slave, and one of the Penestæ in Thessaly, and as he had great
influence with Philip by reason of his flattery of him, and because he
was constantly at his entertainments dancing and making him laugh,
Philip sent him to destroy the Perrhæbi, and to govern all that part of
the country. And the Macedonian constantly had this kind of people
about him, with whom he associated the greater part of his time, because
of their fondness for drinking and buffoonery, and in their company he
used to deliberate on the most important affairs." And Hegesander the
Delphian gives a similar account of him, and relates how he sent a large
sum of money to the men who are assembled at Athens at the temple of
Hercules in Diomea, and who say laughable things; and he ordered some
men to write down all that was said by them, and to send it to him. And
Theopompus, in the twenty-sixth book of his History, says "that Philip
knowing that the Thessalians were an intemperate race, and very
profligate in their way of living, prepared some entertainments for
them, and endeavoured in every possible manner to make himself agreeable
to them. For he danced and revelled, and practised every kind of
intemperance and debauchery. And he was by nature a buffoon, and got
drunk every day, and he delighted in those occupations which are
consistent with such practices, and with those who are called witty men,
who say and do things to provoke laughter. And he attached numbers of
the Thessalians who were intimate with him to himself, still more by his
entertainments than by his presents." And Dionysius the Sicilian used to
do very nearly the same thing, as Eubulus the comic poet tells us in his
play entitled Dionysius;--

     But he is harsh and rigorous to the solemn,
     But most good-humour'd to all flatterers,
     And all who jest with freedom. For he thinks
     Those men alone are free, though slaves they be.

77. And indeed Dionysius was not the only person who encouraged and
received those who had squandered their estates on drunkenness and
gambling and all such debauchery as that, for Philip also did the same.
And Theopompus speaks of such of them in the forty-ninth book of his
History, where he writes as follows:--"Philip kept at a distance all men
who were well regulated in their conduct and who took care of their
property; but the extravagant and those who lived in gambling and
drunkenness he praised and honoured. And therefore he not only took care
that they should always have such amusements, but he encouraged them to
devote themselves to all sorts of injustice and debauchery besides. For
what disgraceful or iniquitous practices were there to which these men
were strangers, or what virtuous or respectable habits were there which
they did not shun? Did they not at all times go about shaven and
carefully made smooth, though they were men? And did not they endeavour
to misuse one another though they had beards? And they used to go about
attended by two or three lovers at a time; and they expected no
complaisance from others which they were not prepared to exhibit
themselves. On which account a man might very reasonably have thought
them not ἑταῖροι but ἑταῖραι, and one might have called them not soldiers,
but prostitutes. For though they were ἀνδροφόνοι by profession, they were
ἀνδρόπορνοι by practice. And in addition to all this, instead of loving
sobriety, they loved drunkenness; and instead of living respectably they
sought every opportunity of robbing and murdering; and as for speaking
the truth, and adhering to their agreements, they thought that conduct
quite inconsistent with their characters; but to perjure themselves and
cheat, they thought the most venerable behaviour possible. And they
disregarded what they had, but they longed for what they had not; and
this too, though a great part of Europe belonged to them. For I think
that the companions of Philip, who did not at that time amount to a
greater number than eight hundred, had possession so far as to enjoy the
fruits of more land than any ten thousand Greeks, who had the most
fertile and large estates." And he makes a very similar statement about
Dionysius, in his twenty-first book, when he says, "Dionysius the tyrant
of Sicily encouraged above all others those who squandered their
property in drunkenness and gambling and intemperance of that sort. For
he wished every one to become ruined and ready for any iniquity, and all
such people he treated with favour and distinction."

78. And Demetrius Poliorcetes was a man very fond of mirth, as
Phylarchus relates in the tenth book of his History. But in the
fourteenth book he writes as follows:--"Demetrius used to allow men to
flatter him at his banquets, and to pour libations in his honour,
calling him Demetrius the only king, and Ptolemy only the prefect of the
fleet, and Lysimachus only a steward, and Seleucus only a superintendent
of elephants, and in this way he incurred no small amount of hatred."
And Herodotus states that Amasis the king of the Egyptians was always a
man full of tricks, and one who was used to turn his fellow feasters
into ridicule; and when he was a private man he says he was very fond of
feasting and of jesting, and he was not at all a serious man. And
Nicolaus, in the twenty-seventh book of his History, says that Sylla the
Roman general was so fond of mimics and buffoons, being a man very much
addicted to amusement, that he gave such men several portions of the
public land. And the satyric comedies which he wrote himself in his
native language, show of how merry and jovial a temperament he was in
this way.

79. And Theophrastus, in his treatise on Comedy, tells us that the
Tirynthians, being people addicted to amusement, and utterly useless for
all serious business, betook themselves once to the oracle at Delphi in
hopes to be relieved from some calamity or other. And that the God
answered them, "That if they sacrificed a bull to Neptune and threw it
into the sea without once laughing, the evil would cease." And they,
fearing lest they should make a blunder in obeying the oracle, forbade
any of the boys to be present at the sacrifice; however, one boy,
hearing of what was going to be done, mingled with the crowd, and then
when they hooted him and drove him away, "Why," said he, "are you afraid
lest I should spoil your sacrifice?" and when they laughed at this
question of his, they perceived that the god meant to show them by a
fact that an inveterate custom cannot be remedied. And Sosicrates, in
the first book of his History of Crete, says that the Phæstians have a
certain peculiarity, for that they seem to practise saying ridiculous
things from their earliest childhood; on which account it has often
happened to them to say very reasonable and witty things because of
their early habituation: and therefore all the Cretans attribute to them
preeminence in the accomplishment of raising a laugh.

80. But after flattery, Anaxandrides the comic poet gives the next place
to ostentation, in his Apothecary Prophet, speaking thus--

     Do you reproach me that I'm ostentatious?
     Why should you do so? for this quality
     Is far beyond all others, only flattery
     Excepted: that indeed is best of all.

And Antiphanes speaks of what he calls a psomocolax, a flatterer for
morsels of bread, in his Gerytades, when he says--

     You are call'd a whisperer and psomocolax.

And Sannyrion says--

     What will become of you, you cursed psomocolaces.

And Philemon says in his Woman made young again--

     The man is a psomocolax.

And Philippides says in his Renovation--

     Always contending and ψωμοκολακεύων.

But the word κόλαξ especially applies to these parasitical flatterers;
for κόλον means food, from which come the words βουκόλος, and δύσκολος,
which means difficult to be pleased and squeamish. And the word κοιλία
means that part of the body which receives the food, that is to say,
the stomach. Diphilus also uses the word ψωμοκόλαφος in his Theseus,

     They call you a runaway ψωμοκόλαφος.

81. When Democritus had made this speech, and had asked for some drink
in a narrow-necked sabrias, Ulpian said, And what is this sabrias? And
just as Democritus was beginning to treat us all to a number of
interminable stories, in came a troop of servants bringing in everything
requisite for eating. Concerning whom Democritus, continuing his
discourse, spoke as follows:--I have always, O my friends, marvelled at
the race of slaves, considering how abstemious they are, though placed
in the middle of such numbers of dainties; for they pass them by, not
only out of fear, but also because they are taught to do so; I do not
mean being taught in the Slave-teacher of Pherecrates, but by early
habituation; and without its being necessary to utter any express
prohibition respecting such matters to them, as in the island of Cos,
when the citizens sacrifice to Juno. For Macareus says, in his third
book of his treatise on Coan Affairs, that, when the Coans sacrifice to
Juno, no slave is allowed to enter the temple, nor does any slave taste
any one of the things which are prepared for the sacrifice. And
Antiphanes, in his Dyspratus,[411:1] says--

     'Tis hard to see around one savoury cakes,
     And delicate birds half eaten; yet the slaves
     Are not allow'd to eat the fragments even,
     As say the women.

And Epicrates, in his Dyspratus, introduces a servant expressing his
indignation, and saying--

     What can be worse than, while the guests are drinking,
     To hear the constant cry of, Here, boy, here!
     And this that one may bear a chamberpot
     To some vain beardless youth; and see around
     Half eaten savoury cakes, and delicate birds,
     Whose very fragments are forbidden strictly
     To all the slaves--at least the women say so;
     And him who drinks a cup men call a belly-god;
     And if he tastes a mouthful of solid food
     They call him greedy glutton:

from the comparison of which iambics, it is very plain that Epicrates
borrowed Antiphanes's lines, and transferred them to his own play.

82. And Dieuchidas says, in his history of the Affairs of
Megara--"Around the islands called Arææ[412:1] (and they are between
Cnidos and Syme) a difference arose, after the death of Triopas, among
those who had set out with him on his expedition, and some returned
home, and others remained with Phorbas, and came to Ialysus, and others
proceeded with Periergus, and occupied the district of Cameris. And on
this it is said that Periergus uttered curses against Phorbas, and on
this account the islands were called Arææ. But Phorbas having met with
shipwreck, he and Parthenia, the sister of Phorbas and Periergus, swam
ashore to Ialysus, at the point called Schedia. And Thamneus met with
them, as he happened to be hunting near Schedia, and took them to his
own house, intending to receive them hospitably, and sent on a servant
as a messenger to tell his wife to prepare everything necessary, as he
was bringing home strangers. But when he came to his house and found
nothing prepared, he himself put corn into a mill, and everything else
that was requisite, and then ground it himself and feasted them. And
Phorbas was so delighted with this hospitality, that when he was dying
himself he charged his friends to take care that his funeral rites
should be performed by free men. And so this custom continued to prevail
in the sacrifice of Phorbas, for none but free men minister at this
sacrifice. And it is accounted profanation for any slave to approach

83. And since among the different questions proposed by Ulpian, there is
this one about the slaves, let us now ourselves recapitulate a few
things which we have to say on the subject, remembering what we have in
former times read about it. For Pherecrates, in his Boors, says--

     For no one then had any Manes,[413:1] no,
     Nor home-born slaves; but the free women themselves
     Did work at everything within the house.
     And so at morn they ground the corn for bread,
     Till all the streets resounded with the mills.

And Anaxandrides, in his Anchises, says--

     There is not anywhere, my friend, a state
     Of none but slaves; but fortune regulates
     And changes at its will th' estates of men.
     Many there are who are not free to day,
     But will to-morrow free-men be of Sunium,
     And the day after public orators;
     For so the deity guides each man's helm.

84. And Posidonius, the stoic philosopher, says in the eleventh book of
his History, "That many men, who are unable to govern themselves, by
reason of the weakness of their intellect, give themselves up to the
guidance of those who are wiser than themselves, in order that receiving
from them care and advice, and assistance in necessary matters, they may
in their turn requite them with such services as they are able to
render. And in this manner the Mariandyni became subject to the people
of Heraclea, promising to act as their subjects for ever, if they would
supply them with what they stood in need of; having made an agreement
beforehand, that none of them would sell anything out of the territory
of Heraclea, but that they would sell in that district alone. And
perhaps it is on this account that Euphorion the epic poet called the
Mariandyni Bringers of Gifts, saying--

     And they may well be call'd Bringers of Gifts,
     Fearing the stern dominion of their kings.

And Callistratus the Aristophanean says that "they called the Mariandyni
δωροφόροι, by that appellation taking away whatever there is bitter in the
name of servants, just as the Spartans did in respect of the Helots,
the Thessalians in the case of the Penestæ, and the Cretans with the
Clarotæ. But the Cretans call those servants, who are in their houses
Chrysoneti,[414:1] and those whose work lies in the fields Amphamiotæ,
being natives of the country, but people who have been enslaved by the
chance of war; but they also call the same people Clarotæ, because they
have been distributed among their masters by lot.

And Ephorus, in the third book of his Histories, "The Cretans call their
slaves Clarotæ, because lots have been drawn for them; and those slaves
have some regularly recurring festivals in Cydonia, during which no
freemen enter the city, but the slaves are the masters of everything,
and have the right even to scourge the freemen." But Sosicrates, in the
second book of his History of Cretan Affairs, says, "The Cretans call
public servitude μνοία, but the private slaves they call aphamiotæ;
and the periœci, or people who live in the adjacent districts, they
call subjects. And Dosiadas gives a very similar account in the fourth
book of his history of Cretan Affairs.

85. But the Thessalians call those Penestæ who were not born slaves, but
who have been taken prisoners in war. And Theopompus the comic poet,
misapplying the word, says--

     The wrinkled counsellors of a Penestan master.

And Philocrates, in the second book of his history of the Affairs of
Thessaly, if at least the work attributed to him is genuine, says that
the Penestæ are also called Thessalœcetæ, or servants of the
Thessalians. And Archemachus, in the third book of his history of the
Affairs of Eubœa, says, "When the Bœotians had founded Arnæa,
those of them who did not return to Bœotia, but who took a fancy to
their new country, gave themselves up to the Thessalians by agreement,
to be their slaves; on condition that they should not take them out of
the country, nor put them to death, but that they should cultivate the
country for them, and pay them a yearly revenue for it. These men,
therefore, abiding by their agreement, and giving themselves up to the
Thessalians, were called at that time Menestæ; but now they are called
Penestæ; and many of them are richer than their masters. And Euripides,
in his Phrixus, calls them latriæ,[415:1] in these words--

     Λάτρις πενέστης ἁμὸς ἀρχαίων δόμων.

86. And Timæus of Tauromenium, in the ninth book of his Histories, says,
"It was not a national custom among the Greeks in former times to be
waited on by purchased slaves;" and he proceeds to say, "And altogether
they accused Aristotle of having departed from the Locrian customs; for
they said that it was not customary among the Locrians, nor among the
Phocians, to use either maid-servants or house-servants till very
lately. But the wife of Philomelus, who took Delphi, was the first woman
who had two maids to follow her. And in a similar manner Mnason, the
companion of Aristotle, was much reproached among the Phocians, for
having purchased a thousand slaves; for they said that he was depriving
that number of citizens of their necessary subsistence: for that it was
a custom in their houses for the younger men to minister to the elder."

87. And Plato, in the sixth book of the Laws, says,--"The whole question
about servants is full of difficulty; for of all the Greeks, the system
of the Helots among the Lacedæmonians causes the greatest perplexity and
dispute, some people affirming that it is a wise institution, and some
considering it as of a very opposite character. But the system of
slavery among the people of Heraclea would cause less dispute than the
subject condition of the Mariandyni; and so too would the condition of
the Thessalian Penestæ. And if we consider all these things, what ought
we to do with respect to the acquisition of servants? For there is
nothing sound in the feelings of slaves; nor ought a prudent man to
trust them in anything of importance. And the wisest of all poets says--

     Jove fix'd it certain that whatever day
     Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.

And it has been frequently shown by facts, that a slave is an
objectionable and perilous possession; especially in the frequent
revolts of the Messenians, and in the case of those cities which have
many slaves, speaking different languages, in which many evils arise
from that circumstance. And also we may come to the same conclusion from
the exploits and sufferings of all sorts of robbers, who infest the
Italian coasts as piratical vagabonds. And if any one considers all
these circumstances, he may well doubt what course ought to be pursued
with respect to all these people. Two remedies now are left to
us--either never to allow, for the future, any person's slaves to be one
another's fellow-countrymen, and, as far as possible, to prevent their
even speaking the same language: and he should also keep them well, not
only for their sake, but still more for his own; and he should behave
towards them with as little insolence as possible. But it is right to
chastise them with justice; not admonishing them as if they were free
men, so as to make them arrogant: and every word which we address to
slaves ought to be, in some sort, a command. And a man ought never to
play at all with his slaves, or jest with them, whether they be male or
female. And as to the very foolish way in which many people treat their
slaves, allowing them great indulgence and great licence, they only make
everything more difficult for both parties: they make obedience harder
for the one to practise, and authority harder for the others to

88. Now of all the Greeks, I conceive that the Chians were the first
people who used slaves purchased with money, as is related by
Theopompus, in the seventeenth book of his Histories; where he
says,--"The Chians were the first of the Greeks, after the Thessalians
and Lacedæmonians, who used slaves. But they did not acquire them in the
same manner as those others did; for the Lacedæmonians and the
Thessalians will be found to have derived their slaves from Greek
tribes, who formerly inhabited the country which they now possess: the
one having Achæan slaves, but the Thessalians having Perrhæbian and
Magnesian slaves; and the one nation called their slaves Helots, and the
others called them Penestæ. But the Chians have barbarian slaves, and
they have bought them at a price." Theopompus, then, has given this
account. But I think that, on this account, the Deity was angry with the
Chians; for at a subsequent period they were subdued by their slaves.
Accordingly, Nymphodorus the Syracusan, in his Voyage along the Coast of
Asia, gives this account of them:--"The slaves of the Chians deserted
them, and escaped to the mountains; and then, collecting in great
numbers, ravaged the country-houses about; for the island is very
rugged, and much overgrown with trees. But, a little before our time,
the Chians themselves relate, that one of their slaves deserted, and
took up his habitation in the mountains; and, being a man of great
courage and very prosperous in his warlike undertakings, he assumed the
command of the runaway slaves, as a king would take the command of an
army; and though the Chians often made expeditions against him, they
were able to effect nothing. And when Drimacus (for that was the name of
this runaway slave) found that they were being destroyed, without being
able to effect anything, he addressed them in this language: 'O Chians!
you who are the masters, this treatment which you are now receiving from
your servants will never cease; for how should it cease, when it is God
who causes it, in accordance with the prediction of the oracle? But if
you will be guided by me, and if you will leave us in peace, then I will
be the originator of much good fortune to you.'

89. "Accordingly, the Chians, having entered into a treaty with him, and
having made a truce for a certain time, Drimacus prepares measures and
weights, and a private seal for himself; and, throwing it to the Chians,
he said, 'Whatever I take from any one of you, I shall take according to
these measures and these weights; and when I have taken enough, I will
then leave the storehouses, having sealed them up with this seal. And as
to all the slaves who desert from you, I will inquire what cause of
complaint they have; and if they seem to me to have been really subject
to any incurable oppression, which has been the reason of their running
away, I will retain them with me; but if they have no sufficient or
reasonable ground to allege, I will send them back to their masters.'
Accordingly, the rest of the slaves, seeing that the Chians agreed to
this state of things, very good-humouredly did not desert nearly so much
for the future, fearing the judgment which Drimacus might pass upon
them. And the runaways who were with him feared him a great deal more
than they did their own masters, and did everything that he required,
obeying him as their general; for he punished the refractory with great
severity: and he permitted no one to ravage the land, nor to commit any
other crime of any sort, without his consent. And at the time of
festivals, he went about, and took from the fields wine, and such
animals for victims as were in good condition, and whatever else the
masters were inclined or able to give him; and if he perceived that any
one was intriguing against him, or laying any plot to injure him or
overthrow his power, he chastised him.

90. "Then (for the city had made a proclamation, that it would give a
great reward to any one who took him prisoner, or who brought in his
head,) this Drimacus, as he became older, calling one of his most
intimate friends into a certain place, says to him, 'You know that I
have loved you above all men, and you are to me as my child and my son,
and as everything else. I now have lived long enough, but you are young
and just in the prime of life. What, then, are we to do? You must show
yourself a wise and brave man; for, since the city of the Chians offers
a great reward to any one who shall kill me, and also promises him his
freedom, you must cut off my head, and carry it to Chios, and receive
the money which they offer, and so be prosperous.' But when the young
man refused, he at last persuaded him to do so; and so he cut off his
head; and took it to the Chians, and received from them the rewards
which they had offered by proclamation: and, having buried the corpse of
Drimacus, he departed to his own country. And the Chians, being again
injured and plundered by their slaves, remembering the moderation of him
who was dead, erected a Heroum in their country, and called it the
shrine of the GENTLE HERO. And even now the runaway slaves bring to that
shrine the first-fruits of all the plunder they get; and they say that
Drimacus still appears to many of the Chians in their sleep, and informs
them beforehand of the stratagems of their slaves who are plotting
against them: and to whomsoever he appears, they come to that place, and
sacrifice to him, where this shrine is."

91. Nymphodorus, then, has given this account; but in many copies of his
history, I have found that Drimachus is not mentioned by name. But I do
not imagine that any one of you is ignorant, either of what the prince
of all historians, Herodotus, has related of the Chian Panionium, and of
what he justly suffered who castrated free boys and sold them. But
Nicolaus the Peripatetic, and Posidonius the Stoic, in their Histories,
both state that the Chians were enslaved by Mithridates, the tyrant of
Cappadocia; and were given up by him, bound, to their own slaves, for
the purpose of being transported into the land of the Colchians,--so
really angry with them was the Deity, as being the first people who used
purchased slaves, while most other nations provided for themselves by
their own industry. And, perhaps, this is what the proverb originated
in, "A Chian bought a master," which is used by Eupolis, in his Friends.

92. But the Athenians, having a prudent regard to the condition of their
slaves, made a law that there should be a γραφὲ ὕβρεως, even against men
who ill treated their slaves. Accordingly, Hyperides, the orator, in
his speech against Mnesitheus, on a charge of αἰκία, says, "They made
these laws not only for the protection of freemen, but they enacted
also, that even if any one personally ill treated a slave, there should
be a power of preferring an indictment against him who had done so."
And Lycurgus made a similar statement, in his first speech against
Lycophron; and so did Demosthenes, in his oration against Midias. And
Malacus, in his Annals of the Siphnians, relates that some slaves of the
Samians colonized Ephesus, being a thousand men in number; who in the
first instance revolted against their masters, and fled to the mountain
which is in the island, and from thence did great injury to the Samians.
But, in the sixth year after these occurrences, the Samians, by the
advice of an oracle, made a treaty with the slaves, on certain
agreements; and the slaves were allowed to depart uninjured from the
island; and, sailing away, they occupied Ephesus, and the Ephesians are
descended from these ancestors.

93. But Chrysippus says that there is a difference between a δοῦλος
and an οἰκέτης; and he draws the distinction in the second book of his
treatise on Similarity of Meaning, because he says that those who have
been emancipated are still δοῦλοι, but that the term οἰκέτης is confined
to those who are not discharged from servitude; for the οἰκέτης, says
he, is a δοῦλος, being actually at the time the property of a master.
And all the following are called δοῦλοι, as Clitarchus says, in
his treatise on Dialects: ἄζοι,[419:1] and θεράποντες,[419:2] and
ἀκόλουθοι,[419:3] and διάκονοι,[420:1] and ὑπήρετα[420:2] and also πάλμονες
and λάτρεις.[420:3] And Amerias says, that the slaves who are employed
about the fields are called ἕρκιται. And Hermon, in his treatise on the
Cretan Dialects, says that slaves of noble birth are called μνῶτες. And
Seleucus says, that both men and maid servants are called ἄζοι; and
that a female slave is often called ἀποφράση and βολίζη; and that a
slave who is the son of a slave is called σίνδρων; and that ἀμφιπόλος is
a name properly belonging to a female slave who is about her mistress's
person, and that a πρόπολος is one who walks before her mistress.

But Proxenus, in the second book of his treatise on the Lacedæmonian
Constitution, says that female servants are called among the
Lacedæmonians, Chalcides. But Ion of Chios, in his Laertes, uses the
word οἰκέτης as synonymous with δοῦλος, and says--

     Alas, O servant, go on wings and close
     The house lest any man should enter in.

And Achæus, in his Omphale, speaking of the Satyr, says--

     How rich in slaves (εὔδουλος) and how well housed he was

using, however, in my opinion, the words εὔδουλος and εὔοικος in a peculiar
sense, as meaning rather, good to his slaves and servants, taking
εὔοικος from οἰκέτης. And it is generally understood that an οἰκέτης is a
servant whose business is confined to the house, and that it is possible
he may be a free-born man.

94. But the poets of the old comedy, speaking of the old-fashioned way
of life, and asserting that in olden time there was no great use of
slaves, speak in this way. Cratinus, in his Pluti, says--

     As for those men, those heroes old,
       Who lived in Saturn's time,
     When men did play at dice with loaves,
       And Æginetan cakes
     Of barley well and brownly baked
       Were roll'd down before men
     Who did in the palæstra toil,
       Full of hard lumps of dough . . . .

And Crates says, in his Beasts--

     _A._ Then no one shall possess or own
            One male or female slave,
          But shall himself, though ne'er so old,
            Labour for all his needs.

     _B._ Not so, for I will quickly make
          These matters all come right.

     _A._ And what will your plans do for us?

     _B._   Why everything you call for
          Should of its own accord come forth,
            As if now you should say,
          O table, lay yourself for dinner,
            And spread a cloth upon you.
          You kneading-trough, prepare some dough;
            You cyathus, pour forth wine;
          Where is the cup? come hither, cup,
            And empt and wash yourself.
          Come up, O cake. You sir, you dish,
            Here, bring me up some beetroot.
          Come hither, fish. "I can't, for I
            Am raw on t' other side."
          Well, turn round then and baste yourself
            With oil and melted butter.

And immediately after this the man who takes up the opposite side of the
argument says--

     But argue thus: I on the other hand
     Shall first of all bring water for the hot baths
     On columns raised as through the Pæonium[421:1]
     Down to the sea, so that the stream shall flow
     Direct to every private person's bath.
     Then he shall speak and check the flowing water.
     Then too an alabaster box of ointment
     Shall of its own accord approach the bather,
     And sponges suitable, and also slippers.

95. And Teleclides puts it better than the man whom I have just quoted,
in his Amphictyons, where he says--

     I will tell you now the life
       Which I have prepared for men.
     First of all the lovely Peace
       Everywhere was always by,
     Like spring water which is poured
       O'er the hands of feasted guests.
     The earth produced no cause for fear,
       No pains and no diseases.
     And everything a man could want
       Came forth unask'd for to him.
     The streams all ran with rosy wine,
       And barley-cakes did fight
     With wheaten loaves which first could reach
       A hungry man's open mouth.
     And each entreated to be eaten,
       If men loved dainty whiteness.
     Fish too came straight unto men's doors,
       And fried themselves all ready,
     Dish'd themselves up, and stood before
       The guests upon the tables.
     A stream of soup did flow along
       In front of all the couches,
     Rolling down lumps of smoking meat;
       And rivulets of white sauce
     Brought to all such as chose to eat
       The sweetest forced-meat balls.
     So that there was no lack, but all
       Did eat whate'er they wanted.
     Dishes there were of boil'd meat too,
       And sausages likewise and pasties;
     And roasted thrushes and rissoles
       Flew down men's throats spontaneously.
     Then there were sounds of cheesecakes too
       Crush'd in men's hungry jaws:
     While the boys play'd with dainty bits
       Of tripe, and paunch, and liver.
     No wonder men did on such fare
       Get stout and strong as giants.

96. And in the name of Ceres, my companions, if these things went on in
this way, I should like to know what need we should have of servants.
But the ancients, accustoming us to provide for ourselves, instructed us
by their actions while they feasted us in words. But I, in order to show
you in what manner succeeding poets (since the most admirable Cratinus
brandished the before-cited verses like a torch) imitated and amplified
them, have quoted these plays in the order in which they were exhibited.
And if I do not annoy you, (for as for the Cynics I do not care the
least bit for them,) I will quote to you some sentences from the other
poets, taking them also in regular order; one of which is that strictest
Atticist of all, namely, Pherecrates; who in his Miners says--

     _A._ But all those things were heap'd in confusion
          By o'ergrown wealth, abounding altogether
          In every kind of luxury. There were rivers
          With tender pulse and blackest soup o'erflowing,
          Which ran down brawling through the narrow dishes,
          Bearing the crusts and spoons away in the flood.
          Then there were dainty closely kneaded cakes;
          So that the food, both luscious and abundant,
          Descended to the gullets of the dead.
          There were black-puddings and large boiling slices
          Of well-mix'd sausages, which hiss'd within
          The smoking streamlet in the stead of oysters.
          There too were cutlets of broil'd fish well season'd
          With sauce of every kind, and cook, and country.
          There were huge legs of pork, most tender meat,
          Loading enormous platters; and boil'd pettitoes
          Sending a savoury steam; and paunch of ox;
          And well-cured chine of porker, red with salt,
          A dainty dish, on fried meat balls upraised.
          There too were cakes of groats well steep'd in milk,
          In large flat dishes, and rich plates of beestings.

     _B._ Alas, you will destroy me. Why do you
          Remain here longer, when you thus may dive
          Just as you are beneath deep Tartarus?

     _A._ What will you say then when you hear the rest?
          For roasted thrushes nicely brown'd and hot
          Flew to the mouths o' the guests, entreating them
          To deign to swallow them, besprinkled o'er
          With myrtle leaves and flowers of anemone,
          And plates of loveliest apples hung around
          Above our heads, hanging in air as it seem'd.
          And maidens in the most transparent robes,
          Just come to womanhood, and crowned with roses,
          Did through a strainer pour red mantling cups
          Of fragrant wine for all who wish'd to drink.
          And whatsoe'er each guest did eat or drink
          Straight reappear'd in twofold quantity.

97. And in his Persians he says--

     But what need, I pray you now,
       Have we of all you ploughmen,
     Or carters, mowers, reapers too,
       Or coopers, or brass-founders?
     What need we seed, or furrow's line?
       For of their own accord
     Rivers do flow down every road
       (Though half choked up with comfits)
     Of rich black soup, which rolls along
       Within its greasy flood
     Achilles's fat barley-cake,
       And streams of sauce which flow
     Straight down from Plutus's own springs,
       For all the guests to relish.
     Meantime Jove rains down fragrant wine,
       As if it were a bath,
     And from the roof red strings of grapes
       Hang down, with well made cakes,
     Water'd the while with smoking soup,
       And mix'd with savoury omelets.
     E'en all the trees upon the hills
       Will put forth leaves of paunches,
     Kids' paunches, and young cuttle-fish,
       And smoking roasted thrushes.

98. And why need I quote in addition to this the passages from the
Tagenistæ of the incomparable Aristophanes? And as to the passage in the
Acharnenses, you are all of you full of it. And when I have just
repeated the passage out of the Thurio-Persæ of Metagenes I will say no
more, and discard all notice of the Sirens of Nicophon, in which we find
the following lines--

     Let it now snow white cakes of pulse;
     Let loaves arise like dew; let it rain soup;
     Let gravy roll down lumps of meat i' the roads,
     And cheese-cakes beg the wayfarer to eat them.

But Metagenes says this--

     The river Crathis bears down unto us
     Huge barley-cakes, self-kneaded and self-baked.
     The other river, called the Sybaris,
     Rolls on large waves of meat and sausages,
     And boilèd rays all wriggling the same way.
     And all these lesser streamlets flow along
     With roasted cuttle-fish, and crabs, and lobsters;
     And, on the other side, with rich black-puddings
     And forced-meat stuffings; on the other side
     Are herbs and lettuces, and fried bits of pastry.
     Above, fish cut in slices and self-boil'd
     Rush to the mouth; some fall before one's feet,
     And dainty cheese-cakes swim around us everywhere.

And I know too that the Thurio-Persæ and the play of Nicophon were never
exhibited at all; on which account I mentioned them last.

99. Democritus now having gone through this statement distinctly and
intelligently, all the guests praised him; but Cynulcus said,--O
messmates, I was exceedingly hungry, and Democritus has given me no
unpleasant feast; carrying me across rivers of ambrosia and nectar. And
I, having my mind watered by them, have now become still more
exceedingly hungry, having hitherto swallowed nothing but words; so that
now it is time to desist from this interminable discussion, and, as the
Pæanian orator says, to take some of these things, "which if they do not
put strength into a man, at all events prevent his dying"--

     For in an empty stomach there's no room
     For love of beauteous objects, since fair Venus
     Is always hostile to a hungry man;

as Achæus says in Æthon, a satyric drama. And it was borrowing from him
that the wise Euripides wrote--

     Venus abides in fulness, and avoids
     The hungry stomach.

And Ulpian, who was always fond of contradicting him, said in reply to
this,--But still,

     The market is of herbs and loaves too full.

But you, you dog, are always hungry, and do not allow us to partake of,
or I should rather say devour, good discussion in sufficient plenty: for
good and wise conversation is the food of the mind. And then turning to
the servant he said,--O Leucus, if you have any remnants of bread, give
them to the dogs. And Cynulcus rejoined,--If I had been invited here
only to listen to discussions, I should have taken care to come when the
forum was full;[425:1] for that is the time which one of the wise men
mentioned to me as the hour for declamations, and the common people on
that account have called it πληθαγόρα:

     But if we are to bathe and sup on words,
     Then I my share contribute as a listener;

as Menander says; on which account I give you leave, you glutton, to eat
your fill of this kind of food--

     But barley dearer is to hungry men
     Than gold or Libyan ivory;

as Achæus the Eretrian says in his Cycnus.

100. And when Cynulcus had said this, he was on the point of rising up
to depart; but turning round and seeing a quantity of fish, and a large
provision of all sorts of other eatables being brought in, beating the
pillow with his hand, he shouted out,--

     Gird thyself up, O poverty, and bear
     A little longer with these foolish babblers,
     For copious food and hunger sharp subdues thee.

But I now, by reason of my needy condition, do not speak dithyrambic
poems, as Socrates says, but even epic poems too. For, reciting poems is
very hungry work. For, according to Ameipsias, who said in his Sling,
where he utters a prediction about you, O Laurentius,--

           There are none of the rich men
           In the least like you, by Vulcan,
           Who enjoy a dainty table,
           And who every day can eat
           All delicacies that you wish.
     For now, I see a thing beyond belief--
     A prodigy; all sorts of kinds of fish
     Sporting around this cape--tenches and char,
     White and red mullet, rays, and perch, and eels,
     Tunnies, and blacktails, and cuttle-fish, and pipe-fish,
     And hake, and cod, and lobsters, crabs and scorpions;

as Heniochus says in his Busybody; I must, therefore, as the comic poet
Metagenes says--

     Without a sign his knife the hungry draws,
     And asks no omen but his supper's cause--

endure and listen to what more you have all got to say.

101. And when he was silent, Masyrius said,--But since some things have
still been left unsaid in our discussion on servants, I will myself also
contribute some "melody on love" to the wise and much loved Democritus.
Philippus of Theangela, in his treatise on the Carians and Leleges,
having made mention of the Helots of the Lacedæmonians and of the
Thessalian Penestæ, says, "The Carians also, both in former times, and
down to the present day, use the Leleges as slaves." But Phylarchus, in
the sixth book of his History, says that the Byzantians used the
Bithynians in the same manner, just as the Lacedæmonians do the Helots.
But respecting those who among the Lacedæmonians are called Epeunacti,
and they also are slaves, Theopompus gives a very clear account in the
thirty-second book of his History, speaking as follows:--"When many of
the Lacedæmonians had been slain in the war against the Messenians,
those who were left being afraid lest their enemies should become aware
of their desolate condition, put some of the Helots into the beds of
those who were dead; and afterwards they made those men citizens, and
called them Epeunacti, because they had been put into the beds[426:1] of
those who were dead instead of them." And the same writer also tells
us, in the thirty-third book of his History, that among the Sicyonians
there are some slaves who are called Catonacophori, being very similar
to the Epeunacti. And Menæchmus gives a similar account in his History
of the affairs of Sicyon, and says that there are some slaves called
Catonacophori, who very much resemble the Epeunacti. And again,
Theopompus, in the second book of his Philippics, says that the
Arcadians had three hundred thousand slaves, whom they called
Prospelatæ, like the Helots.

102. But the class called Mothaces among the Lacedæmonians are freemen,
but still not citizens of Lacedæmon. And Phylarchus speaks of them thus,
in the twenty-fifth book of his History--"But the Mothaces are
foster-brothers of Lacedæmonian citizens. For each of the sons of the
citizens has one or two, or even more foster-brothers, according as
their circumstances admit. The Mothaces are freemen then, but still not
Lacedæmonian citizens; but they share all the education which is given
to the free citizens; and they say that Lysander, who defeated the
Athenians in the naval battle, was one of that class, having been made a
citizen on account of his preeminent valour." And Myron of Priene, in
the second book of his history of the Affairs of Messene, says, "The
Lacedæmonians often emancipated their slaves, and some of them when
emancipated they called Aphetæ,[427:1] and some they called
Adespoti,[427:2] and some they called Erycteres, and others they called
Desposionautæ,[427:3] whom they put on board their fleets, and some they
called Neodamodes,[427:4] but all these were different people from the
Helots." And Theopompus, in the seventh book of his history of the
Affairs of Greece, speaking of the Helots that they were also called
Eleatæ, writes as follows:--"But the nation of the Helots is altogether
a fierce and cruel race. For they are people who have been enslaved a
long time ago by the Spartans, some of them being Messenians, and some
Eleatæ, who formerly dwelt in that part of Laconia called Helos.

103. But Timæus of Tauromenium, forgetting himself, (and Polybius the
Megalopolitan attacks him for the assertion, in the twelfth book of his
Histories,) says that it is not usual for the Greeks to possess slaves.
But the same man, writing under the name of Epitimæus, (and this is what
Ister the pupil of Callimachus calls him in the treatise which he wrote
against him,) says that Mnason the Phocian had more than a thousand
slaves. And in the third book of his History, Epitimæus said that the
city of the Corinthians was so flourishing that it possessed four
hundred and sixty thousand slaves. On which account I imagine it was
that the Pythian priestess called them The People who measured with a
Chœnix. But Ctesicles, in the third book of his Chronicles, says that
in the hundred and fifteenth Olympiad, there was an investigation at
Athens conducted by Demetrius Phalereus into the number of the
inhabitants of Attica, and the Athenians were found to amount to
twenty-one thousand, and the Metics to ten thousand, and the slaves to
four hundred thousand. But Nicias the son of Niceratus, as that
admirable writer Xenophon has said in his book on Revenues, when he had
a thousand servants, let them out to Sosias the Thracian to work in the
silver mines, on condition of his paying him an obol a day for every one
of them. And Aristotle, in his history of the Constitution of the
Æginetæ, says that the Æginetans had four hundred and seventy thousand
slaves. But Agatharchides the Cnidian, in the thirty-eighth book of his
history of the Affairs of Europe, says that the Dardanians had great
numbers of slaves, some of them having a thousand, and some even more;
and that in time of peace they were all employed in the cultivation of
the land; but that in time of war they were all divided into regiments,
each set of slaves having their own master for their commander.

104. After all these statements, Laurentius rose up and said,--But each
of the Romans (and this is a fact with which you are well acquainted, my
friend Masyrius) had a great many slaves. For many of them had ten
thousand or twenty thousand, or even a greater number, not for the
purposes of income, as the rich Nicias had among the Greeks; but the
greater part of the Romans when they go forth have a large retinue of
slaves accompanying them. And out of the myriads of Attic slaves, the
greater part worked in the mines, being kept in chains: at all events
Posidonius, whom you are often quoting, the philosopher I mean, says
that once they revolted and put to death the guards of the mines; and
that they seized on the Acropolis on Sunium, and that for a very long
time they ravaged Attica. And this was the time when the second revolt
of the slaves took place in Sicily. And there were many revolts of the
slaves, and more than a million of slaves were destroyed in them. And
Cæcilius, the orator from Cale Acte, wrote a treatise on the Servile
Wars. And Spartacus the gladiator, having escaped from Capua, a city of
Italy, about the time of the Mithridatic war, prevailed on a great body
of slaves to join him in the revolt, (and he himself was a slave, being
a Thracian by birth,) and overran the whole of Italy for a considerable
time, great numbers of slaves thronging daily to his standard. And if he
had not died in a battle fought against Licinius Crassus, he would have
caused no ordinary trouble to our countrymen, as Eunus did in Sicily.

105. But the ancient Romans were prudent citizens, and eminent for all
kinds of good qualities. Accordingly Scipio, surnamed Africanus, being
sent out by the Senate to arrange all the kingdoms of the world, in
order that they might be put into the hands of those to whom they
properly belonged, took with him only five slaves, as we are informed by
Polybius and Posidonius. And when one of them died on the journey, he
sent to his agents at home to bring him another instead of him, and to
send him to him. And Julius Cæsar, the first man who ever crossed over
to the British isles with a thousand vessels, had with him only three
servants altogether, as Cotta, who at that time acted as his
lieutenant-general, relates in his treatise on the History and
Constitution of the Romans, which is written in our national language.
But Smindyrides the Sybarite was a very different sort of man, my Greek
friends, who, when he went forth to marry Agaroste, the daughter of
Cleisthenes, carried his luxury and ostentation to such a height, that
he took with him a thousand slaves, fishermen, bird-catchers, and cooks.
But this man, wishing to display how magnificently he was used to live,
according to the account given to us by Chamæleon of Pontus, in his book
on Pleasure, (but the same book is also attributed to Theophrastus,)
said that for twenty years he had never seen the sun rise or set; and
this he considered a great and marvellous proof of his wealth and
happiness. For he, as it seems, used to go to bed early in the morning,
and to get up in the evening, being in my opinion a miserable man in
both particulars. But Histiæus of Pontus boasted, and it was an
honourable boast, that he had never once seen the sun rise or set,
because he had been at all times intent upon study, as we are told by
Nicias of Nicæa in his Successions.

106. What then are we to think? Had not Scipio and Cæsar any slaves? To
be sure they had, but they abided by the laws of their country, and
lived with moderation, preserving the habits sanctioned by the
constitution. For it is the conduct of prudent men to abide by those
ancient institutions under which they and their ancestors have lived,
and made war upon and subdued the rest of the world; and yet, at the
same time, if there were any useful or honourable institutions among the
people whom they have subdued, those they take for their imitation at
the same time that they take the prisoners. And this was the conduct of
the Romans in olden time; for they, maintaining their national customs,
at the same time introduced from the nations whom they had subdued every
relic of desirable practices which they found, leaving what was useless
to them, so that they should never be able to regain what they had lost.
Accordingly they learnt from the Greeks the use of all machines and
engines for conducting sieges; and with those engines they subdued the
very people of whom they had learnt them. And when the Phœnicians had
made many discoveries in nautical science, the Romans availed themselves
of these very discoveries to subdue them. And from the Tyrrhenians they
derived the practice of the entire army advancing to battle in close
phalanx; and from the Samnites they learnt the use of the shield, and
from the Iberians the use of the javelin. And learning different things
from different people, they improved upon them: and imitating in
everything the constitution of the Lacedæmonians, they preserved it
better than the Lacedæmonians themselves; but now, having selected
whatever was useful from the practices of their enemies, they have at
the same time turned aside to imitate them in what is vicious and

107. For, as Posidonius tells us, their national mode of life was
originally temperate and simple, and they used everything which they
possessed in an unpretending and unostentatious manner. Moreover they
displayed wonderful piety towards the Deity, and great justice, and
great care to behave equitably towards all men, and great diligence in
cultivating the earth. And we may see this from the national sacrifices
which we celebrate. For we proceed by ways regularly settled and
defined. So that we bear regularly appointed offerings, and we utter
regular petitions in our prayers, and we perform stated acts in all our
sacred ceremonies. They are also simple and plain. And we do all this
without being either clothed or attired as to our persons in any
extraordinary manner, and without indulging in any extraordinary pomp
when offering the first-fruits. But we wear simple garments and shoes,
and on our heads we have rough hats made of the skins of sheep, and we
carry vessels to minister in of earthenware and brass. And in these
vessels we carry those meats and liquors which are procured with the
least trouble, thinking it absurd to send offerings to the gods in
accordance with our national customs, but to provide for ourselves
according to foreign customs. And, therefore, all the things which are
expended upon ourselves are measured by their use; but what we offer to
the gods are a sort of first-fruits of them.

108. Now Mucius Scævola was one of the three men in Rome who were
particular in their observance of the Fannian law; Quintus Ælius Tubero
and Rutilius Rufus being the other two, the latter of whom is the man
who wrote the History of his country. Which law enjoined men not to
entertain more than three people besides those in the house; but on
market-days a man might entertain five. And these market-days happened
three times in the month. The law also forbade any one to spend in
provisions more than two drachmæ and a half. And they were allowed to
spend fifteen talents a-year on cured meat and whatever vegetables the
earth produces, and on boiled pulse. But as this allowance was
insufficient, men gradually (because those who transgressed the law and
spent money lavishly raised the price of whatever was to be bought)
advanced to a more liberal style of living without violating the law.
For Tubero used to buy birds at a drachma a-piece from the men who lived
on his own farms. And Rutilius used to buy fish from his own slaves who
worked as fishermen for three obols for a pound of fish; especially
when he could get what is called the Thurian; and that is a part of the
sea-dog which goes by that name. But Mucius agreed with those who were
benefited by him to pay for all he bought at a similar valuation. Out of
so many myriads of men then these were the only ones who kept the law
with a due regard to their oaths; and who never received even the least
present; but they gave large presents to others, and especially to those
who had been brought up at the same school with them. For they all clung
to the doctrines of the Stoic school.

109. But of the extravagance which prevails at the present time Lucullus
was the first originator, he who subdued Mithridates, as Nicolaus the
Peripatetic relates. For he, coming to Rome after the defeat of
Mithridates, and also after that of Tigranes, the king of Armenia, and
having triumphed, and having given in an account of his exploits in war,
proceeded to an extravagant way of living from his former simplicity,
and was the first teacher of luxury to the Romans, having amassed the
wealth of the two before-mentioned kings. But the famous Cato, as
Polybius tells us in the thirty-fourth book of his History, was very
indignant, and cried out, that some men had introduced foreign luxury
into Rome, having bought an earthen jar of pickled fish from Pontus for
three hundred drachmæ, and some beautiful boys at a higher price than a
man might buy a field.

"But in former times the inhabitants of Italy were so easily contented,
that even now," says Posidonius, "those who are in very easy
circumstances are used to accustom their sons to drink as much water as
possible, and to eat whatever they can get. And very often," says he,
"the father or mother asks their son whether he chooses to have pears or
nuts for his supper; and then he, eating some of these things, is
contented and goes to bed." But now, as Theopompus tells us in the first
book of his history of the Actions of Philip, there is no one of those
who are even tolerably well off who does not provide a most sumptuous
table, and who has not cooks and a great many more attendants, and who
does not spend more on his daily living than formerly men used to spend
on their festivals and sacrifices.

And since now this present discussion has gone far enough, let us end
this book at this point.


[361:1] Odyss. xvi. 49.

[361:2] Ib. i. 141.

[370:1] The text is supposed to be corrupt here.

[373:1] Iliad, xvii. 575.

[375:1] It is said to have been a proverb among the Greek women, "Smoke
follows the fairest."

[381:1] The preceding names are the names of eatables, in the genitive
case, though here used as nominatives for persons; κώβιον means a sort
of tench; κόρυδος (as has been said before), a lark; κυρήβια are husks,
bran; σκόμβρος is the generic name for the tunny fish; σεμίδαλις is fine
wheat flour, semilago.

[385:1] We know little more of the gynæconomi, or γυναικόκοσμοι as
they were also called, than what is derived from this passage. It
appears probable that they existed from the time of Solon; though the
duties here attributed to them may not have formed a part of their
original business. _Vide_ Smith, Dict. Ant. in voc.

[398:1] Demeter, Δημήτηρ, or as it is written in the text Δημήτρα.
Ceres, the mother of Proserpine.

[403:1] σικύα, a cucumber.

[411:1] The exact meaning of this title is disputed, some translate it,
"hard to sell," or "to be sold," others merely "miserable."

[412:1] From ἀρὰ, a curse.

[413:1] A slave's name.

[414:1] _Chrysoneti_ means bought with gold, from χρυσὸς, gold, and
ὠνέομαι, to buy. _Clarotæ_ means allotted, from κληρόω, to cast lots. It
is not known what the derivation or meaning of _Aphamiotæ_ is.

[415:1] From λατρείω, to serve.

[419:1] Ἄζος contr. from ἄοζος, a servant, especially belonging to a
temple.--L. & S.

[419:2] Θεράπων, a servant, in early Greek especially denoting free
and honourable service.--L. & S.

[419:3] Ἀκόλουθος, as subst., a follower, attendant, footman.--L. & S.

[420:1] Διάκονος, a servant, a waiting man.--L. & S.

[420:2] Ὑπηρέτης, any doer of hard work, a labourer, a helper, assistant,
underling.--L. & S.

[420:3] Λάτρις, a workman for hire, a hired servant.--L. & S. N.B.
Liddell and Scott omit πάλμων altogether.

[421:1] The Pæonium, if that is the proper reading, appears to have been
a place in Athens where there were pillars on which an aqueduct was
supported. But there is a doubt about the reading.

[425:1] In the Greek, ἀγορᾶς πληθυούσης, which is a phrase also commonly
used in Greek for "the forenoon," when the market-place was full, and
the ordinary business was going on.

[426:1] From ἐπὶ, and εὐνὴ, a bed.

[427:1] Ἀφέτης, from ἀφίημι, to liberate.

[427:2] Ἀδέσποτας, from α, not, and δεσπότης, a master.

[427:3] Δεσποσιοναύτης, from δεσπότης, and ναύτης, a sailor.

[427:4] Νεοδαμώδης, from νεὸς, new, and δῆμος, people.


1. And when the Banquet was now finished, the cynics, thinking that the
festival of the Phagesia was being celebrated, were delighted above all
things, and Cynulcus said,--While we are supping, O Ulpian, since it is
on words that you are feasting us, I propose to you this question,--In
what author do you find any mention of the festivals called Phagesia,
and Phagesiposia? And he, hesitating, and bidding the slaves desist from
carrying the dishes round, though it was now evening, said,--I do not
recollect, you very wise man, so that you may tell us yourself, in order
that you may sup more abundantly and more pleasantly. And he
rejoined,--If you will promise to thank me when I have told you, I will
tell you. And as he agreed to thank him, he continued;--Clearchus, the
pupil of Aristotle, but a Solensian by birth, in the first book of his
treatise on Pictures, (for I recollect his very expressions, because I
took a great fancy to them,) speaks as follows:--"Phagesia--but some
call the festival Phagesiposia--but this festival has ceased, as also
has that of the Rhapsodists, which they celebrated about the time of the
Dionysiac festival, in which every one as they passed by sang a hymn to
the god by way of doing him honour." This is what Clearchus wrote. And
if you doubt it, my friend, I, who have got the book, will not mind
lending it to you. And you may learn a good deal from it, and get a
great many questions to ask us out of it. For he relates that Callias
the Athenian composed a Grammatical Tragedy, from which Euripides in his
Medea, and Sophocles in his Œdipus, derived their choruses and the
arrangement of their plot.

2. And when all the guests marvelled at the literary accomplishments of
Cynulcus, Plutarch said,--In like manner there used to be celebrated in
my own Alexandria a Flagon-bearing festival, which is mentioned by
Eratosthenes in his treatise entitled Arsinoe. And he speaks as
follows:--"When Ptolemy was instituting a festival and all kinds of
sacrifices, and especially those which relate to Bacchus, Arsinoe asked
the man who bore the branches, what day he was celebrating now, and what
festival it was. And when he replied, 'It is called the Lagynophoria;
and the guests lie down on beds and so eat all that they have brought
with them, and every one drinks out of his own flagon which he has
brought from home;' and when he had departed, she, looking towards us,
said, 'It seems a very dirty kind of party; for it is quite evident that
it must be an assembly of a mixed multitude, all putting down stale food
and such as is altogether unseasonable and unbecoming.' But if the kind
of feast had pleased her, then the queen would not have objected to
preparing the very same things herself, as is done at the festival
called Choes. For there every one feasts separately, and the inviter
only supplies the materials for the feast."

3. But one of the Grammarians who were present, looking on the
preparation of the feast, said,--In the next place, how shall we ever be
able to eat so large a supper? Perhaps we are to go on "during the
night," as that witty writer Aristophanes says in his Æolosicon, where
however his expression is "during the whole night." And, indeed, Homer
uses the preposition διὰ in the same way, for he says--

     He lay within the cave stretch'd o'er the sheep (διὰ μήλων);

where διὰ μήλων means "over _all_ the sheep," indicating the size of
the giant. And Daphnus the physician answered him; Meals taken late at
night, my friend, are more advantageous for everybody. For the influence
of the moon is well adapted to promote the digestion of food, since the
moon has putrefying properties; and digestion depends upon putrefaction.
Accordingly victims slain at night are more digestible; and wood which
is cut down by moonlight decays more rapidly. And also the greater
proportion of fruits ripen by moonlight.

4. But since there were great many sorts of fish, and those very
different both as to size and beauty, which had been served up and which
were still being constantly served up for the guests, Myrtilus
said,--Although all the different dishes which we eat, besides the
regular meal, are properly called by one generic name, ὄψον, still it
is very deservedly that on account of its delicious taste fish has
prevailed over everything else, and has appropriated the name to
itself; because men are so exceedingly enamoured of this kind of food.
Accordingly we speak of men as ὀψοφάγοι, not meaning people who eat beef
(such as Hercules was, who ate beef and green figs mixed together);
nor do we mean by such a term a man who is fond of figs; as was Plato
the philosopher, according to the account given of him by Phanocritus in
his treatise on the Glorious: and he tells us in the same book that
Arcesilas was fond of grapes: but we mean by the term only those people
who haunt the fish-market. And Philip of Macedon was fond of apples, and
so was his son Alexander, as Dorotheus tells us in the sixth book of his
history of the Life and Actions of Alexander. But Chares of Mitylene
relates that Alexander, having found the finest apples which he had ever
seen in the country around Babylon, filled boats with them, and had a
battle of apples from the vessels, so as to present a most beautiful
spectacle. And I am not ignorant that, properly speaking, whatever is
prepared for being eaten by the agency of fire is called ὄψον. For
indeed the word is either identical with ἐψὸν, or else perhaps it is
derived from ὀπτάω, to roast.

5. Since then there are a great many different kinds of fish which we
eat at different seasons, my most admirable Timocrates, (for, as
Sophocles says--

     A chorus too of voiceless fish rush'd on,
     Making a noise with their quick moving tails.

The tails not fawning on their mistress, but beating against the dish.
And as Achæus says in his Fates--

     There was a mighty mass of the sea-born herd--
     A spectacle which fill'd the wat'ry waste,
     Breaking the silence with their rapid tails;)

I will now recapitulate to you what the Deipnosophists said about each:
for each of them brought to the discussion of the subject some
contribution of quotation from books; though I will not mention the
names of all who took part in the conversation, they were so numerous.

Amphis says in his Leucas--

     Whoever buys some ὄψον for his supper,
     And, when he might get real genuine fish,
       Contents himself with radishes, is mad.

And that you may find it easy to remember what was said, I will arrange
the names in alphabetical order. For as Sophocles, in his Ajax
Mastigophorus, called fish ἐλλοὶ, saying--

     He gave him to the ἐλλοὶ ἰχθύες to eat;

one of the company asked whether any one before Sophocles ever used
this word; to whom Zoilus replied,--But I, who am not a person
ὀψοφαγίστατος [exceedingly fond of fish], (for that is a word which
Xenophon has used in his Memorabilia, where he writes, "He is
ὀψοφαγίστατος and the greatest fool possible,") am well aware that
the man who wrote the poem Titanomachia [or the Battle of the Giants],
whether he be Eumelus the Corinthian, or Arctinus, or whatever else his
name may chance to have been, in the second book of his poem speaks

     In it did swim the gold-faced ἐλλοὶ ἰχθύες,
     And sported in the sea's ambrosial depths.

And Sophocles was very fond of the Epic Cycle, so that he composed even
entire plays in which he has followed the stories told in their fables.

6. Presently when the tunnies called Amiæ were put on the table, some
one said,--Aristotle speaks of this fish, and says that they have gills
out of sight, and that they have very sharp teeth, and that they belong
to the gregarious and carnivorous class of fishes: and that they have a
gall of equal extent with their whole intestines, and a spleen of
corresponding proportions. It is said also that when they are hooked,
they leap up towards the fisherman, and bite through the line and so
escape. And Archippus mentions them in his play entitled the Fishes,
where he says--

     But when you were eating the fat amiæ.

And Epicharmus in his Sirens says--

     _A._ In the morning early, at the break of day,
            We roasted plump anchovies,
          Cutlets of well-fed pork, and polypi;
            And then we drank sweet wine.

     _B._ Alack! alack! my silly wife detain'd me,
            Chattering near the monument.

     _A._ I'm sorry for you. Then, too, there were mullets
            And large plump amiæ--
          A noble pair i' the middle of the table,
            And eke a pair of pigeons,
          A scorpion and a lobster.

And Aristotle, inquiring into the etymology of the name, says that they
were called amiæ, παρὰ τὸ ἅμα ἰέναι ταῖς παραπλησίαις (from their going in
shoals with their companions of the same kind). But Icesius, in his
treatise on the Materials of Food, says that they are full of a
wholesome juice, and tender, but only of moderate excellency as far as
their digestible properties go, and not very nutritious.

7. But Archestratus,--that writer so curious in all that relates to
cookery,--in his Gastrology (for that is the title of the book as it is
given by Lycophron, in his treatise on Comedy, just as the work of
Cleostratus of Tenedos is called Astrology), speaks thus of the amia:--

     But towards the end of autumn, when the Pleiad
     Has hidden its light, then dress the amiæ
     Whatever way you please. Why need I teach you?
     For then you cannot spoil it, if you wish.
     But if you should desire, Moschus my friend,
     To know by what recipe you best may dress it;
     Take the green leaves of fig-trees, and some marjoram,
     But not too much; no cheese or other nonsense,
     But merely wrap it up in the fig leaves,
     And tie it round with a small piece of string,
     Then bury it beneath the glowing ashes,
     Judging by instinct of the time it takes
     To be completely done without being burnt.
     And if you wish to have the best o' their kind,
     Take care to get them from Byzantium;
     Or if they come from any sea near that
     They'll not be bad: but if you go down lower,
     And pass the straits into the Ægæan sea,
     They're quite a different thing, in flavour worse
     As well as size, and merit far less praise.

8. But this Archestratus was so devoted to luxury, that he travelled
over every country and every sea, with great diligence, wishing, as it
seems to me, to seek out very carefully whatever related to his stomach;
and, as men do who write Itineraries and Books of Voyages, so he wishes
to relate everything with the greatest accuracy, and to tell where every
kind of eatable is to be got in the greatest perfection; for this is
what he professes himself, in the preface to his admirable Book of
Precepts, which he addresses to his companions, Moschus and Cleander;
enjoining them, as the Pythian priestess says, to seek

     A horse from Thessaly, a wife from Sparta,
     And men who drink at Arethusa's fount.

And Chrysippus, a man who was a genuine philosopher, and a thorough man
at all points, says that he was the teacher of Epicurus, and of all
those who follow his rules, in everything which belongs to pleasure,
which is the ruin of everything. For Epicurus says, without any
concealment, but speaking with a loud voice, as it were, "For I am not
able to distinguish what is good if you once take away the pleasure
arising from sweet flavours, and if you also take away amatory
pleasures." For this wise man thinks that even the life of the
intemperate man is an unimpeachable one, if he enjoys an immunity from
fear, and also mirth. On which account also the comic poets, running
down the Epicureans, attack them as mere servants and ministers of
pleasure and intemperance.

9. Plato, in his Joint Deceiver, representing a father as indignant with
his son's tutor, makes him say--

     _A._ You've taken this my son, and ruin'd him,
          You scoundrel; you've persuaded him to choose
          A mode of life quite foreign to his nature
          And disposition; taught by your example,
          He drinks i' the morning, which he ne'er was used to do.

     _B._ Do you blame me, master, that your son
          Has learnt to live?

                              _A._ But do you call that living?

     _B._ Wise men do call it so. And Epicurus
          Tells us that pleasure is the only good.

     _A._ Indeed; I never heard that rule before.
          Does pleasure come then from no other source?
          Is not a virtuous life a pleasure now?
          Will you not grant me that?--Tell me, I pray you,
          Did you e'er see a grave philosopher
          Drunk, or devoted to these joys you speak of?

     _B._ Yes; all of them.--All those who raise their brows,
          Who walk about the streets for wise men seeking,
          As if they had escaped their eyes and hid:
          Still when a turbot once is set before them,
          Know how to help themselves the daintiest bits.
          They seek the head and most substantial parts,
          As if they were an argument dissecting,
          So that men marvel at their nicety.

And in his play entitled the Homicide, the same Plato, laughing at one
of those gentle philosophers, says--

     The man who has a chance to pay his court
     To a fair woman, and at eve to drink
     Two bottles full of richest Lesbian wine,
     Must be a wise man; these are real goods.
     These things I speak of are what Epicurus
     Tells us are real joys; and if the world
     All lived the happy life I live myself,
     There would not be one wicked man on earth.

And Hegesippus, in his Philetairi, says--

     That wisest Epicurus, when a man
     Once ask'd him what was the most perfect good
     Which men should constantly be seeking for,
     Said pleasure is that good. Wisest and best
     Of mortal men, full truly didst thou speak:
     For there is nothing better than a dinner,
     And every good consists in every pleasure.

10. But the Epicureans are not the only men who are addicted to
pleasure; but those philosophers are so too who belong to what are
called the Cyrenaic and the Mnesistratean sects; for these men delight
to live luxuriously, as Posidonius tells us. And Speusippus did not much
differ from them, though he was a pupil and a relation of Plato's. At
all events, Dionysius the tyrant, in his letters to him, enumerating all
the instances of his devotion to pleasure, and also of his covetousness,
and reproaching him with having levied contributions on numbers of
people, attacks him also on account of his love for Lasthenea, the
Arcadian courtesan. And, at the end of all, he says this--"Whom do you
charge with covetousness, when you yourself omit no opportunity of
amassing base gain? For what is there that you have been ashamed to do?
Are you not now attempting to collect contributions, after having paid
yourself for Hermeas all that he owed?"

11. And about Epicurus, Timon, in the third book of his Silli, speaks as

     Seeking at all times to indulge his stomach,
     Than which there's no more greedy thing on earth.

For, on account of his stomach, and of the rest of his sensual
pleasures, the man was always flattering Idomeneus and Metrodorus. And
Metrodorus himself, not at all disguising this admirable principle of
his, says, somewhere or other, "The fact is, Timocrates, my natural
philosopher, that every investigation which is guided by principles of
nature, fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach." For
Epicurus was the tutor of all these men; who said, shouting it out, as I
may say, "The fountain and root of every good is the pleasure of the
stomach: and all wise rules, and all superfluous rules, are measured
alike by this standard." And in his treatise on the Chief Good, he
speaks nearly as follows: "For I am not able to understand what is good,
if I leave out of consideration the pleasures which arise from
delicately-flavoured food, and if I also leave out the pleasures which
arise from amatory indulgences; and if I also omit those which arise
from music, and those, too, which are derived from the contemplation of
beauty and the gratification of the eyesight." And, proceeding a little
further, he says, "All that is beautiful is naturally to be honoured;
and so is virtue, and everything of that sort, if it assists in
producing or causing pleasure. But if it does not contribute to that
end, then it may be disregarded.

12. And before Epicurus, Sophocles, the tragic poet, in his Antigone,
had uttered these sentiments respecting pleasure--

     For when a man contemns and ceases thus
     To seek for pleasure, I do not esteem
     That such an one doth live; I only deem him
     A breathing corpse:--he may, indeed, perhaps
     Have store of wealth within his joyless house;
     He may keep up a kingly pomp and state;
     But if these things be not with joy attended,
     They are mere smoke and shadow, and contribute,
     No, not one jot, to make life enviable.

And Philetærus says, in his Huntress,--

     For what, I pray you, should a mortal do,
     But seek for all appliances and means
     To make his life from day to day pass happily?
     This should be all our object and our aim,
     Reflecting on the chance of human life.
     And never let us think about to-morrow,
     Whether it will arrive at all or not.
     It is a foolish trouble to lay up
     Money which may become stale and useless.

And the same poet says, in his Œnopion,--

     But every man who lives but sparingly,
     Having sufficient means, I call and think
     Of all men the most truly miserable.
     For when you're dead, you cannot then eat eels;
     No wedding feasts are cook'd in Pluto's realms.

13. And Apollodorus the Carystian, in his Stirrer-up of Law-suits,

     O men, whoe'er you are, why do you now
     Scorn pleasant living, and turn all your thoughts
     To do each other mischief in fierce war?
     In God's name, tell me, does some odious fate,
     Rude and unlettered, destitute of all
     That can be knowledge call'd, or education,
     Ignorant of what is bad and what is good,
     Guide all your destiny?--a fate which settles
     All your affairs at random by mere chance?
     I think it must be so: for else, what deity
     Who bears a Grecian heart, would ever choose
     To see Greeks by each other thus despoil'd,
     And falling dead in ghastly heaps of corpses,
     When she might see them sportive, gay, and jesting,
     Drinking full cups, and singing to the flute?
     Tell me, my friend, I pray, and put to shame
     This most unpolish'd clownish fortune.

And, presently afterwards, he says--

     Does not a life like this deserve the name
     Of godlike?--Think how far more pleasant all
     Affairs would be in all the towns of Greece
     Than now they are, if we were but to change
     Our fashions, and our habits, and our principles
     One little bit. Why should we not proclaim,
     "Whoe'er is more than thirty years of age,
     Let him come forth and drink. Let all the cavalry
     Go to a feast at Corinth, for ten days,
     Crown'd with chaplets, and perfumed most sweetly.
     Let all who radishes have got to sell
     Come in the morning here from Megara.
     Bid all th' allies now hasten to the bath,
     And mix in cups the rich Eubœan wine?"--
     Sure this is real luxury and life,
     But we are slaves to a most clownish fortune.

14. The poets say that that ancient hero, Tantalus, was also greatly
devoted to pleasure. At all events, the author of the book called The
Return of the Atridæ says "that he, when he had arrived among the gods,
and had begun to live among them, had leave given him by Jupiter to ask
for whatever he wished; and that he, being a man quite insatiable in the
gratification of his appetites, asked that it might be granted to him to
indulge them to their full extent, and to live in the same manner as the
gods. And that Jupiter was indignant at this request, and, according to
his promise, fulfilled his prayer; but still, that he might not enjoy
what he had before him, but be everlastingly tormented, he hung a stone
over his head, on account of which he should be unable to get at any of
the things which he had before him." Some of the Stoics also were
addicted to this kind of pleasure. At all events, Eratosthenes the
Cyrenean, who was a pupil of Ariston the Chian, who was one of the sect
of the Stoics, in his treatise which is entitled Ariston, represents his
master as subsequently being much addicted to luxury, speaking as
follows: "And before now, I have at times discovered him breaking down,
as it were, the partition wall between pleasure and virtue, and
appearing on the side of pleasure." And Apollophanes (and he was an
acquaintance of Ariston), in his Ariston (for he also wrote a book with
that title), shows the way in which his master was addicted to pleasure.
And why need we mention Dionysius of Heraclea? who openly discarded his
covering of virtue, and put on a robe embroidered with flowers, and
assumed the name of The altered Man; and, although he was an old man, he
apostatized from the doctrines of the Stoics, and passed over to the
school of Epicurus; and, in consequence, Timon said of him, not without
some point and felicity--

     When it is time to set (δύνειν), he now begins
     To sit at table (ἡδύνεσθαι). But there is a time
     To love, a time to wed, a time to cease.

15. Apollodorus the Athenian, in the third book of his treatise on a
Modest and Prudent Man, which is addressed to those whom he calls Male
Buffoons, having first used the expression, "more libidinous than the
very Inventors themselves (ἄλφησται)," says, there are some fish
called ἄλφησται, being all of a tawny colour, though they have a
purple hue in some parts. And they say that they are usually caught in
couples, and that one is always found following at the tail of the
other; and therefore, from the fact of one following close on the tail
of the other, some of the ancients call men who are intemperate and
libidinous by the same name. But Aristotle, in his work on Animals, says
that this fish, which he calls alphesticus, has but a single spine, and
is of a tawny colour. And Numenius of Heraclea mentions it, in his
treatise on Fishing, speaking as follows:--

     The fish that lives in seaweed, the alphestes,
     The scorpion also with its rosy meat.

And Epicharmus, in his Marriage of Hebe, says--

     Mussels, alphestæ, and the girl-like fish,
     The dainty coracinus.

Mithæcus also mentions it in his Culinary Art.

16. There is another fish called Anthias, or Callicthys; and this also
is mentioned by Epicharmus, in his Marriage of Hebe:--

     The sword-fish and the chromius too,
       Who, as Ananius tells us,
     Is far the best of all in spring;
       But th' anthias in the winter.

And Ananius speaks as follows:--

     For spring the chromius is best;
       The anthias in winter:
     But of all fish the daintiest
       Is a young shrimp in fig leaves.
     In autumn there's a dainty dish,
       The meat of the she-goat;
     And when they pick and press the grapes,
       Young pigs are dainty eating.
     Then, too, young puppies you may eat,
       And hares, and also foxes.
     But when the grasshopper does sing,
       Just at the height of summer,
     Is the best time for mutton fat;
       Then, too, the sea-born tunny
     Will many a savoury dish afford,
       And beats his compeers all
     With garlic seasoning richly drest;
       Then, too, the fatted ox
     Is sweet to eat both late at night,
       And at a noon-day feast.

And I have quoted this piece of Ananius at length, thinking that it
might give some suggestions to the present race of Epicures.

17. But Aristotle, in his treatise o