Symphosius Riddle 91: Pecunia


Date: Sat 10 Sep 2022
Original text:

Terra fui primo, latebris abscondita terrae;
Nunc aliud pretium flammae nomenque dederunt,
Nec iam terra vocor, licet ex me terra paretur.


First I was earth, concealed in the earth’s hiding places;
Now flames have given me another value and name,
I am not called earth now, although earth is obtained through me.

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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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