After we had praised this outburst a dish followed,
not at all of the size we expected; but its novelty drew every eye to it There was a
round plate with the twelve signs of the Zodiac set in order, and on each one the
artist had laid some food fit and proper to the symbol; over the Ram ram's-head
pease, a piece of beef on the Bull, kidneys over the Twins, over the Crab a crown,
an African fig over the Lion, a barren sow's paunch over Virgo, over Libra a pair of
scales with a muffin on one side and a cake on the other, over Scorpio a small
sea-fish, over Sagittarius a bull's-eye,1
over Capricornus a lobster, over Aquarius a goose, over
Pisces two mullets. In the middle lay a honeycomb on a sod of turf with the green
grass on it. An Egyptian boy took bread round in a silver chafing-dish. . . .
Trimalchio himself too ground out a tune from the[p. 55]
“Assafoetida” in a most hideous voice.