Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume I: Books I-VII
Book V, pp. 287-352
352 THE DEIPNOSOPHISTS. LB. V. ambush against it from a distance, and shot it with darts, and returned to the camp, bringing the dead monster to the general." And that this account is the true one, the skin and the expedition of Marius both prove. But the statement made by the historian is not credible, namely, that there are in Libya some oxen which are called Opisthonomi,l because they do not advance while feeding, but feed constantly re- turning backwards, for their horns are a hindrance to their feeding in the natural manner, inasmuch as they are not bent upwards, as is the case with all other animals, but they bend downwards and overshadow the eyes; for this is incredible, since no other historian testifies to such a circumstance. 65. When Ulpian had said this, Laurentius bearing witness to the truth of his statement, and adding something to his speech, said, that Marius sent the skins of these animals to Rome, and that no one could conjecture to what rnimal they belonged, on account of the singular appearance which they presented; and that these skins were hung up in the temple of Hercules, in which the generals who celebrate a triumph give a banquet to the citizens, as many poets and historians of our nation have related. You then, 0 grammarians, as the Babylonian Herodicus says, inquiring into none of these matters- Fly ye to Greece along the sea's wide back, Pupils of Aristarchus, all more timid Than the pale antelope, worms hid in holes, Monosyllabic animals, who care For o-,ph, and a-orvp, and for 1llv, and vsI, This shall be your lot, grumblers-but let Greece And sacred Babylon receive Herodicus. For, as Anaxandrides the comic writer says- 'Tis sweet when one has plann'd a new device, To tell it to the world. For those who are Wise for themselves alone have, first of all, INo judge to criticise their new invention. And envy is their portion too: for all. That seems to be commended by its novelty, Should be imparted freely to the people. And when this conversation had terminated, most of the guests took their departure secretly, and so broke up the party. " 07rlre}, behind; aimcaz, to feed.
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