a professional jester, buffoon, or parasite
1.2, 2); in Sat.
2.8, 21 the word isused as a proper name--Servilius
Balatro). In spite of the difference of quantity, bălătro
is probably connected with bala-re
(to bleat like a sheep, and hence) to speak
sillily. It is doubtless akin to blatero,
chatterer (Gel. 1.15
). Balatrones were paid for
their jests, and the tables of the wealthy were generally open to them for
the sake of the amusement they afforded.