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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Lucilius, Satires, Book 15, frag. 480-3 (Marx)

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multa homines portenta in Homeri versibus ficta
monstra putant, quorum in primis Polyphemus ducentos
Cyclops longus pedes: et porro huic maius bacillum
quam malus navi e corbita maximus ullast.

People think the many fictitious creatures created in Homer’s verses to be monsters; principal among these is Polyphemus the Cyclops, two hundred feet tall; and furthermore he had a staff  bigger than a massive ship’s mast from a slow-sailing vessel.

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September 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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