But with respect to Callimedon, the son of Carabus, Timocles, in his Busybody, tells us that he was fond of fish, and also that he squinted:—
Then up came Carabus Callimedon,[p. 537] And Alexis, in his Crateua, or the Apothecary, says—
And looking on me, as it seem'd to me,
He kept on speaking to some other man.
And I, as it was likely, understanding
No word of what they said, did only nod.
But all the girls do keep on looking at him,
While they pretend to turn their eyes away.
A. I am now, these last four days, taking care ofAnd he ridicules him in a similar manner in the play entitled The Men running together. But he also jests on him for his epicurism as to fish, in the Phædo, or Phædria, where he says—
These κόραι for Callimedon.
B. Had he then
Any κόραι (damsels) for daughters?
A. I mean κόραι,
The pupils of the eyes; which e'en Melampus,
Who could alone appease the raging Prœtides,
Would e'er be able to keep looking straight.
A. You shall be ædile if the gods approve,And the very same iambics are repeated in the play entitled Into the Well; but, in his Woman who has taken Mandragora, he says—
That you may stop Callimedon descending
Like any storm all day upon the fish.
B. You speak of work for tyrants, not for ædiles;
For the man's brave, and useful to the city.
If I love any strangers more than you,And in his Crateua he says—
I'll willingly be turn'd into an eel,
That Carabus Callimedon may buy me.
And Carabus Callimedon with Orpheus.And Antiphanes says, in his Gorgythus,—
'Twould harder be to make me change my mindAnd Eubulus, in his Persons saved, says—
Than to induce Callimedon to pass
The head of a sea-grayling.
Others prostrating them before the gods,And Theophilus, in his Physician, ridiculing his coldness of expression, says—“And the slave put before the young man himself with great eagerness a little eel: his father had a fine cuttle-fish before him. 'Father,' says he, ' what do you think of your crawfish ' 'It is cold,' says he; 'take it away, —I don't want to eat any orators.'”1 And when Philemon says, in his Canvasser,— [p. 538]
Are found with Carabus, who alone of men
Can eat whole salt-fish out of boiling dishes
So wholly as to leave no single mouthful.
Agyrrius, when a crawfish was before him,And Herodicus the Cratetian, commenting on this in his Miscellaneous Commentaries, says that Agyrrius was the name of the son of Callimedon.
On seeing him exclaim'd, Hail, dear papa!
Still what did he do? He ate his dear papa!