- 11tum P, tam Bothe
- 18peniculum P, *niculum A, peniculus Ussing, paniculam Turnebus, paniculum Ritschl
(to slaves) Take care that my shield has greater radiance than the rays of the sun can have when the sky is clear, so that when necessary it may dazzle the enemy’s sharpness of sight in the sharpness of fight2 when battle is joined. (as they start cleaning) Well, I want to console this sword5 of mine so that it may not grieve or lose heart because I’ve been carrying it around for a long time as if it were on holiday; poor sword, it’s itching to turn the enemy into mincemeat. But whereabouts is Artotrogus?
He’s standing next to a real man, robust, rich, and of royal10 beauty. Mars wouldn’t dare to call himself such a warrior or compare his exploits to yours.
He wouldn’t, would he? After all, I saved him in the Curculionian Fields, where Bumbomachides Clytomestoridysarchides, Neptune’s grandson, was commander in15 chief.3
I remember. You mean the one with golden armor of course, whose legions you scattered with a breath as the wind does leaves or a plasterer’s brush does plaster.
That’s a mere nothing.
Indeed, it’s a mere nothing compared with other things I might mention . . . (aside) which you’ve never done. If
- 2Pun on the two meanings of acies: “sharpness of eyes” and “battle line.”
- 3Invented names. The Curculionian Fields are fields suffering from weevils (curculiones). The other names are Greek: Bumbomachides means “son of the man fighting with roaring noise,” and Clytomestoridysarchides is the “son of the famous adviser and bad ruler.”