And Apollodorus the Carystian, in his Priestess, says—
They say that Chærephon all uninvitedAnd in his Murdered Woman he says—
Came to the wedding feast of Ophelas,
[p. 383] Thrusting himself in in unheard-of fashion.
For carrying a basket and a garland
When it was dark, he said that he had come
By order of the bride, bringing some birds,
And on this pretext he did get his supper.
I Mars invoke, and mighty Victory,And Machon the comic writer says—
To favour this my expedition.
I also call on Chærephon—but then
He's sure to come, e'en if I call him not.
Once Chærephon a lengthen'd journey tookAnd in another place he says—
Out of the city to a wedding feast,
And on his way met Diphilus the poet,
Who greeted him—"Take my advice, O Cheerephon,
And fasten four stout nails to your two cheeks;
Lest, while you shake your head in your long journey,
You should put both your jaws quite out of joint.
Chærephon once was purchasing some meat,And Callimachus attributes to Chærephon a certain treatise, in the list which he gives entitled, A Catalogue of all sorts of Things. And he writes thus:—“Those who have written about feasts:—Chærephon in his Cyrebion;” and then he quotes the first sentence—“Since you have often written to me;” and says that the work consisted of three hundred and seventy-five lines. And that Cyrebion was a parasite has been already mentioned.
And when the butcher was by chance, he says,
Cutting him out a joint with too much bone,
He said, O butcher, don't weigh me that bone.
Says he, The meat is sweet, indeed men say
The meat is always sweetest near the bone.
But Chærephon replied, It may be sweet,
But still it weighs much heavier than I like.