But why need I say anything of partridges, when so much has already been said by you? However, I will not omit what is related by Hegesander in his Commentaries. For he says that the Samians, when sailing to Sybaris, having touched at the district called Siritis, were so alarmed at the noise made by partridges which rose up and flew away, that they fled, and embarked on board their ships, and sailed away. Concerning hares also Chamæleon says, in his treatise on Simonides, that Simonides once, when supping with king Hiero, as there was no hare set on the table in front of him as there was before all the other guests, but as Hiero afterwards helped him to some, made this extempore verse—
Nor, e'en though large, could he reach all this way.But Simonides was, in fact, a very covetous man, addicted to disgraceful gain, as we are told by Chamæleon. And accordingly in Syracuse, as Hiero used to send him everything necessary for his daily subsistence in great abundance, Simonides used to sell the greater part of what was sent to [p. 1050] him by the king, and reserve only a small portion for his own use. And when some one asked him the reason of his doing so, he said—“In order that both the liberality of Hiero and my economy may be visible to every one.” The dish called udder is mentioned by Teleclides, in his Rigid Men, in the following lines—
Being a woman, 'tis but reasonableBut Antidotus uses not the word οὖθαρ, but ὑπογάστριον, in his Querulous Man.
That I should bring an udder.