And Aristophanes makes mention of the extremities of animals as forming a common dish, in his Aeolosicon—
And of a truth, plague take it, I have boil'dAnd in his Gerytades he says—
Four tender pettitoes for you for dinner.
Pig's pettitoes, and bread, and crabs.And Antiphanes says, in his Corinthia—
A. And then you sacrifice a pig's extremitiesBut Callimachus testifies that, in reality, a pig is sacrificed to Venus; or perhaps it is Zenodotus who says so in his Historic Records, writing thus, “The Argives sacrifice a pig to Venus, and the festival at which this takes place is called Hysteria.” And Pherecrates says, in his Miners—
To Venus,—what a joke!
B. That is your ignorance;
For she in Cyprus is so fond of pigs,
O master, that she drove away the herd
Of swine from off the dunghill where they fed,
And made the cows eat dirt instead of them.
But whole pig's feet of the most tender flavourAnd Alexis says, in his Dice Players—
Were placed at hand in dishes gaily adorned,
And boil'd ears, and other extremities.
But when we had nearly come to an end of breakfast,And he says again, in his Pannuchis or in his Wool-waavers—
And eaten all the ears and pettitoes.
This meat is but half roasted, and the fragmentsAnd Pherecrates also speaks of boiled feet, in his Slave-master—
Are wholly wasted; see this conger eel,
How badly boiled; and as for the pettitoes,
They now are wholly spoilt.
A. Tell us, I pray you now then, how the supperAnd Antiphanes says, in his Parasite—
Will be prepared.
B. Undoubtedly I will.
[p. 160] In the first place, a dish of well-minced eel;
Then cuttle-fish, and lamb, a slice of rich
Well-made black pudding; then some pig's feet boil'd;
Some liver, and a loin of mutton,
And a mighty number of small birds; and cheese
In honey steep'd, and many a slice of meat.
A. The well-warm'd legs of pigs.'And Ecphantides says, in his Satyrs—
B. A noble dish,
I swear by Vesta.
A. Then some boiled cheese
Bubbled upon the board.
It is no great hardship, if it must be so,And Aristophanes speaks of tongue as a dish, in his Tryers, ill the following words—
To buy and eat the boil'd feet of a pig.
I've had anchovies quite enough; for I
Am stretch'd almost to bursting while I eat
Such rich and luscious food. But bring me something
Which shall take off the taste of all these dainties.
Bring me some liver, or a good large slice
Of a young goat. And if you can't get that,
Let me at least have a rib or a tongue,
Or else the spleen, or entrails, or the tripe
Of a young porker in last autumn born;
And with it some hot rolls.