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And Timæus of Tauromenium says that Aristotle the philosopher was a great epicure in respect of fish. Matron the sophist, also, was a great fish-eater: and Antiphanes, in his Harp-player, intimates this; for that play begins thus—
He tells no lie . . . .
A man dug out his eye, as Matron does
The eyes of fish when he comes near to them.
And Anaxilas says, in his Morose Man,—
Matron has carried off and eaten up
A cestris' head; and I am quite undone.
It being the very extravagance of gluttony to carry a thing off while eating it, and such a thing too as the head of a cestris; unless, perhaps, you may suppose, that those who are skilful in such things are aware of there being some particular good qualities in the head of a cestris; and if so, it belonged to Archestratus's gluttony to explain that to us.

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