And Lynceus records the following sayings of Corydus:—“Once when a courtesan whose name was Gnome was supping with Corydus, the wine ran short, on which he desired every one to contribute two obols; and said that Gnome should contribute whatever the people thought fit. And once when Polyctor the harp-player was eating lentil porridge, and had got a stone between his teeth, ' O you unhappy man!' said Corydus, 'even a lentil strikes you. '” [p. 386] And perhaps he is the same person whom Machon mentions; for he says—
It seems that once a wretched harp-player,And once, when somebody said to Corydus that he sometimes kissed the neck, and the breasts, and even the navel (ὀμφαλὸς) of his wife, “That is very wrong,” said he; “for even Hercules went from Omphale to Hebe.” And when Phyromachus dipped a piece of bread into some lentil porridge, and upset the dish, he said that it was right that he should be fined, because he did not know how to eat properly, though he professed to. And once, at Ptolemy's table, when a ragout was carried round to the guests, but was finished before it came to him—“O Ptolemy,” said he, “am I drunk, or am I right in thinking that these dishes are carried round” And when Chærephon the parasite said that he was unable to stand much wine, he rejoined, “No, nor stand what is put into the wine either.” And once, when at some entertainment Chærephon rose up from supper quite naked—“O Chærephon,” said he, “you are just like a bottle, so that we can see how nearly full you are.” And when Demosthenes received that goblet from Harpalus—“This man,” said he, “who calls other men hard drinkers, has himself swallowed a large cup.” And, as he was in the habit of bringing dirty loaves to supper, once, when somebody else brought some which were blacker still, he said, “that he had not brought loaves, but the shades of loaves.”
Being about to build himself a house,
Begg'd of a friend to lend him a few stones;
And many more will I repay, he said,
When I've display'd my art to all the people.