Symphosius Riddle 93: Miles podagricus


Date: Sat 10 Sep 2022
Original text:

Bellipotens olim, saevis metuendus in armis,
Quinque pedes habui, quod numquam nemo negavit.
Nunc mihi vix duo sunt; inopem me copia reddit.


I was once martial, ferocious and feared in arms,
I had five feet, which no one ever denied.
Now I barely have two: abundance has rendered me helpless.

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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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