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Elegiac Poem


“‘What you mean’ (added Ulpian)‘by like Simonides I do not know.’ ‘Of course not’ said Myrtilus; ‘you have no interest in history, Master Pot-belly. You are a fat-licker and, to use a word of the old Samian poet Asius, a flatterer of fat. ’ When Myrtilus had taken another drink, Ulpian asked him again where the word fat-licker occurred, and what the lines of Asius were about the flatterer of fat. ‘The lines of Asius’ rejoined Myrtilus ‘are these:

Lame, branded,1 aged, like a beggarman came the flatterer of fat to Meles' wedding, came unasked and in need of broth, and stood in their midst like a ghost2 risen from the mire.’3

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Athenaeus Doctors at Dinner

1 as a runaway slave

2 Wil : lit. hero

3 Wil. the mire of Hades, cf. Ar. Ran. 145

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