Symphosius Riddle 66: Flagellum


Date: Fri 09 Sep 2022
Original text:

De pecudis dorso pecudes ego terreo cunctas,
Obsequium reddens memorata lege doloris.
Nec volo contemni sed contra nolo nocere.


From cattle’s backs, I frighten all cattle,
Restoring obedience through the remembered law of pain.
I do not want to be despised; on the contrary, I do not want to harm.

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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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