Symphosius Riddle 64: Tridens


Date: Fri 09 Sep 2022
Original text:

Tres mihi sunt dentes, unus quos continet ordo;
Unus praeterea dens est et solus in imo;
Meque tenet numen, ventus timet, aequora curant.


I have three teeth, which one row contains;
And one tooth besides is alone below;
And divinity holds me, the wind fears me, the seas take care of me.

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

If you're researching/studying this collection, you should also consult this excellent new edition: T. J. Leary, ed. Symphosius: The Aenigmata, An Introduction, Text and Commentary. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. Textual differences in that edition include:

  • line 1: unus quos > quos unus

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