refore, awake; do this. What would you have me do? Why your blood will fail
you that are so much reduced, unless food and some great restorative be administered to your
decaying stomach. Do you hesitate? come on; take this ptisan
The diminutive from ptsana, unhusked barley or rice,
from pti/ssw, tundo, tundendo
decortico. Here it means a decoction, a kind of gruel made of oryza, rice. Rice was not then cultivated in Italy, but brought from Egypt. The
physician purposely uses the diminutive ptisanarium, lest he
should terrify the patient.
made of rice. How much did it cost? A trifle. How much then? Eight asses. Alas! what
does it matter, whether I die of a disease, or by theft and rapine?
Who then is sound? He, who is not a fool. What is the covetous man? Both a fool and a
madman. What — if a man be not covetous, is he immediately [to be deemed] sound? By