Symphosius Riddle 87: Pistillus


Date: Sat 10 Sep 2022
Original text:

Contero cuncta simul virtutis robore magno.
Una mihi cervix, capitum sed forma duorum.
Pro pedibus caput est: nam cetera corpore non sunt.


I grind all things together with great strength of power.
I have one neck, but the shape of two heads.
There is a head in the place of feet: for there are not other parts for my body.

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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 3: non sunt > absunt

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