And so when every one had been well amused by these jokes,—But, said Ulpian, I will also give you now the statement about paunches which I promised you. For Alexis, in his play which is entitled Ponticus, jesting in a comic manner, says that Callimedon the orator, who was surnamed the Crab (and he was one of those who took part in the affairs of the state in the time of Demosthenes the orator)-
Every one is willing to die for his country (πάτρας):And Callimedon was a man very notorious for his fondness for dainties. And Antiphanes also speaks of launches in his Philometor, using these words—
And for a boiled paunch (μήτρας) Callimedon,
The dauntless crab, would very probably
Dare to encounter death.
While the wood has pith in it (ἔμμητρον) it puts forth shoots.And Euphron says in his Paradidomena—
There is a metropolis but no patropolis.
Some men sell paunches (μῆτραι), a delicious food.
Metras, the Chian, is dear to the people.
But my master having prepared a paunch[p. 168] And Dioxippus in his Antipornoboscus—
Set it before Callimedon; and when he ate it
It made him leap with joy; from which he earn'd
The name of crab.
What food doth he delight in! Dainty is he!And in his Historiographer, he says—
Most dainty in his eating, paunches, sausages!
Amphides burst in the porch and made himself a way in;And Eubulus says in his Deucalion—
Holding up two paunches fine, See for what I'm paying,
Said he, and send me all you have, or all that you can find me.
Liver, and tripe, and entrails, aye, and paunches.