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Aristophanes, Wasps (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 1170 (search)
is usually done.
Ah! I know something that is indeed most domestic. Once upon a time there was a rat and a cat ...
"Oh, you ignorant fool," as Theagenes said to the dung-gatherer in a rage. Are you going to talk of cats and rats among high-class people?
Then what should I talk about?
Tell some dignified story. Relate how you were sent on a solemn mission with Androcles and Clisthenes.
On a mission! never in my life, except once to Paros, a job which brought me in two obols a day.
At least say, that you have just seen Ephudion doing well in the pancratium with Ascondas and, that despite his age and his white hair, he is still robust in loin and arm and flank and that his chest is a very breastplate.
Stop! stop! what nonsense! Who ever contested at the pancratium with a breast-plate on?
That is how well-behaved folk like to talk. But another thing. When at wine, it would be fitting to rel