Symphosius Riddle 57: Clavus caligaris


Date: Fri 09 Sep 2022
Original text:

In caput ingredior, quia de pede pendeo solo.
Vertice tango solum, capitis vestigia signo;
Sed multi comites casum patiuntur eundem.


I walk on my head because I hang alone from the foot.
With my crown I touch the ground, I mark out traces with my head;
But many fellows suffer the same fate.

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This edition is based on Raymond T. Ohl, ed. The Enigmas of Symphosius. PhD dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1928.

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