Then there is the sea-pig. Epicharmus, in his Hebe's Wedding, says—
There were hyænides, buglossi,And he also calls them not only ὑαινίδες, but also ὕες in the following lines—
There was the harp-fish too in numbers.
There were too chalcides and sea-pigs (ὕες),[p. 515] Unless, indeed, when he uses the word ὗς here, he means the same animal which is also called κάπρος, the sea-boa. But Numenius, in his Art of Fishing, enumerates plainly enough some sort of ὕαινα or plaice, when he says—
And sea-hawks, and the fat sea-dog.
The cantharis, hyæna, and the mullet.And Dionysius, in his Cookery Book, also speaks of the hyæna or plaice. And Archestratus, that prince of cooks and epicures says,—
At Aenus or at Potus buy the sea-pig,And perhaps it is the sea-pig which Numenius, in his Art of Fishing, calls the psamathis, or sand-fish, when he says—
Which some men call the digger of the sand,
Then boil his head, adding no seasoning,
But only water, stirring it full often,
And add some pounded hyssop; if you want
Anything more, pour on some pungent vinegar;
Steep it in that, then eat it with such haste
As if your object were to choke yourself.
But roast its neck, and all its other parts.
Sometimes the fierce carcharias, and sometimes
The psamathis, delighting in the surf.