And the intestines of this fish are highly extolled, as Eubulus also tells us, in his Ionian,—
And after this the luscious intestinesAnd Aristophanes, in his Lemnian Woman, says—
Of roasted tunnies sail'd upon the table.
Despise not thou the fat Bœotian eel,And Strattis, in his Atalanta, says—
Nor grayling, nor the entrails of the tunny.
Next buy the entrails of a tunny, andAnd the same poet says in his Macedonians—
Some pettitoes of pigs, to cost a drachma.
And the sweet entrails of the tunny fish.And Eriphus says in his Melibœa—
These things poor men cannot afford to buy,But when Theopompus, in his Callæschrus, says,
The entrails of the tunny or the head
Of greedy pike, or conger, or cuttle-fish,
Which I don't think the gods above despise.
The ὑπογάστριον of fish, O Ceres,we must take notice that the writers of his time apply the term ὑπογάστριον to fish, but very seldom to pigs or other animals; but it is uncertain what animals Antiphanes is speaking of, when he makes use of the term ὑπογάστριον in his Ponticus, where he says— [p. 475]
Whoever has by chance bought dainty foodAnd Alexis, in his Ulysses weaving, praises the head of the tunny; and says—
For these accursed and abandon'd women,
Such as ὑπογάστρια, which may Neptune
Confound for ever; and who seeks to place
Beside them now a dainty loin of meat . . .
A. And I will throw the fishers headlong downThey praised also that part of the tunny which they called “the key,” as Aristophon does, in his Peirithus:—
Into the pit. They only catch for me
Food fit for freed men; trichides and squids,
And partly fried fish.
B. But not long ago,
This man, if he could get a tunny's head,
Thought he was eating tunnies whole, and eels.
A. But now the dinner is all spoilt entirely.
B. Here are two roasted keys quite fit to eat.
A. What, keys to open doors?
B. No, tunny keys;
A dainty dish.
A. There is the Spartan key too.