Nemesianus, On Bird-Catching (Fragments)

LCL 434: 512-513

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Minor Latin Poets

Versus De Aucupio


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Fragments On Bird-Catching


. . . and the tetrax, a which they have now begun to call tarax at Rome. It is far the silliest of birds; for although it has perched and has watched the snare laid for it, yet reckless of self it darts upon its own hurt. You, however, on finding the circles of the noose drawn tight, must hasten up and carry off your prey with its whirring wings. For it is quick to shake off the treacherous bonds of the neck when caught, deriding b with hoarse cry the hunter’s

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.nemesianus-two_fragments_bird_catching.1934