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Scyllas in Ovid.

Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1.331-2: Fīlĭă | pūrpŭrĕ|ōs Nī|sō fū|rātă că|pīllōs pūbĕ prĕ|mīt răbĭ|dōs || īnguĭnĭ|būsquĕ că|nēs. The daughter who stole the purple hair from Nisus now pushes down rabid dogs with her crotch and groin. This one’s a bit weird on its own.  The woman being spoken of is Scylla—or rather, two women named Scylla; […]

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A pox on parasites.

Plautus (Captivi 4.4): Dĭēs|pĭtēr | tē dī|qu(e), Ērgăsĭ|lĕ, pēr|dānt ēt | vēntrēm | tŭūm, părăsī|tōsqu(e) ōm|nīs, ēt | quī pōs|thāc cē|nām pără|sītīs | dăbīt. May Jupiter and the gods destroy you and your belly, Ergasilus—and all freeloaders—and whoever from now on offers dinner to freeloaders! I think I’ve gotten the hang of scanning these Plautine […]

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More fun with stress accent.

Horace (Epistulae 1.15): Ād mărĕ | cūm vē|nī, gĕnĕ|rōs(um) ēt | lēnĕ rĕ|quīrō, quōd cū|rās ăbĭg|āt, quōd | cūm spē | dīvĭtĕ | mānēt īn vē|nās ănĭ|mūmquĕ mĕ|ūm, quōd | vērbă mĭ|nīstrēt, quōd mē | Lūcā|næ jŭvĕ|nēm cōm|mēndĕt ă|mīcæ. When I go to the sea, I need a smooth [wine] with a good lineage, to […]

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Scanning Plautus

Plautus (Casina 39-42): Īs sēr|vōs, sĕd ăb|hīnc ān|nōs fāc|t(um) ēst sē|dĕcīm, quōm cōn|spĭcā|tūst prī|mŭlō | crĕpūs|cŭlō pŭēl|l(am) ēxpō|nī, ădĭt | ēxtēm|pl(o) ād mŭlĭ|ĕrēm, qu(æ) īll(am) ēx|pōnē|bāt: ō|rāt, ŭt ĕ|ām dēt | sĭbĭ This servant—now, this happened sixteen years ago, when he managed to see a little girl being abandoned, at first light—immediately went up to […]

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