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[8arg] Of things which seem to have συμπτωσία, or “coincidence,” with the waning and waxing moon.

THE poet Annianus owned an estate in the Faliscan territory, where he used to celebrate the vintage season with mirth and jollity. On one occasion he invited me, along with some other friends. As we were dining there one day, a large quantity of oysters were sent from Rome. When they were set before us and proved to be indeed numerous, but neither rich nor very plump, Annianus said: “Of course the moon is waning just now; therefore the oyster also, like some other things, is thin and juiceless.” When we asked what other things wasted away with the waning moon, he answered: "Don't you remember that our Lucilius says: 1 [p. 445]
The moon makes oysters fat, sea-urchins full,
And bulk and substance to the mussels adds? 2

Furthermore, those same things which grow as the moon waxes grow less as it wanes. The eyes of cats also become larger or smaller according to the same changes of the moon. This too," said he, “is much more greatly to be wondered at, which I read in the fourth book of Plutarch's Commentary on Hesiod: 3 ' The onion grows and buds as the moon wanes, but, on the contrary, dries up while the moon waxes. The Egyptian priests say that this is the reason why the people of Pelusium do not eat the onion, because it is the only one of all vegetables which has an interchange of increase and decrease contrary to the waxing and waning of the moon.'”

1 v. 1201, Marx.

2 Cf. Hor. Serm. ii. 4. 30, lubrica nascentes implent conchylia lunae; Cic. de Div. ii. 33.

3 Frag. 90, Bern.

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