There is also the harp-fish. Aristotle, in his treatise on Animals, or on Fish, says, “The harp-fish has serrated teeth, is a fish of solitary habits, he lives on seaweed; he has a [p. 480] very loose tongue, and a white and broad heart.” Pherecrates, in his Slave-Tutor, says—
The harp-fish is a good fish; be you sureEpicharmus says, in his Marriage of Hebe—
To buy him when you can. He really is good;
But, I by Phœbus swear, this does perplex me
Exceedingly which men do say, my friend,
That there is secret harm within this harp-fish.
There were hyænides,And Apollodorus has said that, on account of his name, he was considered to be sacred to Apollo. And Callias, or Diodes, whichever was the author of the play, says in the Cyclops—
And fine buglossi, and the harp-fish too
A roasted harp-fish, and a ray,And Archestratus, in his Luxurious Way of Living, says—
And the head of a well-fed tunny.
I counsel you always to boil a harp-fish
If he is white and full of firmish meat;
But if he's red and also no great size,
Then it were best, when you have prick'd him o'er
With a new sharpen'd knife, to roast him gently.
Sprinkle him then with oil and plenteous cheese,
For he does like to see men liberal,
And is himself intemperate.