Fantastic Friday: Singing Statues and Food For Dogs


Paradoxographus Vaticanus, 14, 23, 29, 30

14 “In a certain part of Olympos near Prousa they record that Daphne was overcome as she was pursued by a lusting Apollo. And even to this day, the leaves of laurel can be found mixed among those rocks.”

Κατὰ μέρος τι τοῦ κατὰ Προῦσαν ᾿Ολύμπου ἱστοροῦσι τὴν Δάφνην καταπεπόσθαι διωκομένην ὑπὸ ᾿Απόλλωνος ἐρῶντος· καὶ ἕως τοῦ νῦν πέταλα δάφνης ἐν τοῖς λίθοις ἀναμεμιγμένα εὑρίσκεσθαι.

[15-17: Some Miraculous Misogyny]

[18-22: River Stories]

23 “In Egypt, there is a statue of Memnon, which sings when the sun rises just as if it were addressing it.”

Κατὰ τῆν Αἴγυπτον ἀνδριὰς ἵσταται Μέμνονος, ὃς ἀνατέλλοντος τοῦ ἡλίου ᾄδει οἱονεὶ προσαγορεύων αὐτόν.

[24: More Misogyny]

[25-28: Marriage Customs]

29 “The Persians give meat to their household dogs as they would to wealthy and famous people.”

Πέρσαι τοῖς οἰκείοις κυσὶ βοράν, <οἵαν> τοῖς πλουσίοις…

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