Athenaeus of Naucratis / The deipnosophists, or, Banquet of the learned of Athenæus
volume II (1854)
Book VIII, pp. [unnumbered]-576
BO OK VIIT. 1. POCLTBIUS the Megalopolitan, speaking of the great hap- piness which exists in Lusitania (and that is a district of Iberia, which the Romans now call Spania), 0 most excellent Timocrates, in the thirty-fourth book of his Histories, says that in that country, on account of the excellent temperature of the air, both animals and men are exceedingly prolific; and the fruits, too, in that country never degenerate. " For there are roses there, and white violets, and asparagus, and other flowers and fruits like them, which last nine months in the year; and as for sea-fish, both in abundance, and in excel- lence, and in beauty, it is very superior to that produced in our seas. And a siclus (this is equal to a medimnus) of barley costs only a drachma; and one of wheat costs nine Alexan- drian obols; and a measure -of wine costs a drachma; and a moderate-sized kid costs an obol, and so does a hare. And of lambs, the price is three or four obols; and a fat pig, weigh- ing a hundred mime, costs five drachmre; and a sheep costs two. And a talent weight of figs costs three obols; and a calf costs five drachm,-e, and a draught-ox ten. And the meat of wild animals is scarcely ever valued at any price at all; but people throw that in to purchasers into the bargain, or as a present." But to us, whenever we sup with our excellent friend Laurentius, he makes Rome another Lusitania,-filling us with every sort of good thing every day, receiving us in a most princely manner with the greatest liberality, while we bring nothing from honre as our contribution, except our arguments.
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