And so that you may not waste away by investigating this word σύαγρος, learn that Antiphanes gives this name to the wild boar, in his Ravished Woman:—
This very night a wild boar (σύαγρον) will I seize,And Dionysius the tyrant, in his Adonis, says—
And drag into this house, and a lion and a wolf
Under the arched cavern of the nymphsAnd Lynceus the Samian, in his epistle to Apollodoru, writes thus—“That you may have some goat's flesh for your chil- dren, and some meat of the wild boar (τὰ συάγρια) for your- [p. 634] self and your friends.” And Hippolochus the Macedonian, whom we have mentioned before now, in his epistle to the above-named Lynceus, mentioned many wild boars (συάγρων). But, since you have turned off the question which was put to you about the colour of the Calydonian boar, and whether any one states him to have been white as to his flesh, we ourselves will tell you who has said so; and you yourself may investigate the proofs which I bring. For some time ago, I read the dithyrambics of Cleomenes of Rhegium; and this account is given in that ode of them which is entitled Meleager. And I am not ignorant that the inhabitants of Sicily call the wild boar (which we call σύαγρος) ἀσχέδωρος. And Aeschylus, in his Phorcides, comparing Perseus to a wild boar, says—
I consecrate . . . .
A wild boar (σύαγρον) as the first-fruits to the gods.
Where shepherds never choose to feed their flocks,And it is not wonderful that Aeschylus, who lived for some time in Sicily, should use many Sicilian words.
Nor does the wild boar range and chase his mate.