Symphosius Riddle 81: Lagena


Date: Sat 10 Sep 2022
Original text:

Mater erat Tellus, genitor est ipse Prometheus;
Auriculaeque regunt redimitam ventre cavato.
Dum misere cecidi, mater mea me laniavit.


My mother was the Earth, my father is Prometheus himself;
And my little ears guide (as handles), crowned with hollow belly;
When I fell miserably, my mother butchered 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 2: regunt redimitam > rigent redimitae
  • line 3 is different: dum cecidi subito laniavit

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