The blood, also, of the horse is possessed of certain corrosive
properties; and so, too, is mare's blood-except, indeed, where
the animal has not been covered-it having the effect of
cauterizing the margins of ulcers, and so enlarging them.
Bull's blood too, taken fresh, is reckoned1
among the poisons;
except, indeed, at Ægira,2
at which place the priestess of the
Earth, when about to foretell coming events, takes a draught
of bull's blood before she descends into the cavern: so powerful, in fact, is the agency of that sympathy so generally spoken
of, that it may occasionally originate, we find, in feelings of religious awe,3
or in the peculiar nature of the locality.
the tribune of the people, drank goats' blood, it is
said; it being his object by his pallid looks to suggest that his
enemy, Q. Cæpio, had given him poison, and so expose him to
public hatred. So remarkably powerful is the blood of the hegoat, that there is nothing better in existence for sharpening
iron implements, the rust produced by this blood giving them
a better edge even than a file. Considering, however, that the
blood of all animals cannot be reckoned as a remedy in common,
will it not be advisable, in preference, to speak of the effects
that are produced by that of each kind?