Saturday, May 07, 2016


There Once Was a Man from Syracuse

Aristotle, History of Animals 6.2.559b (tr. A.L. Peck):
And there is a story of a drink-addict at Syracuse who used to put eggs in the ground under his sleeping-mat, and went on drinking continuously for a long enough time to hatch them.

καὶ ἐν Συρακούσαις δὲ φιλοπότης τις ὑποτιθέμενος ὑπὸ τὴν ψίαθον εἰς τὴν γῆν τοσοῦτον ἔπινε, ὡς φασί, χρόνον συνεχῶς, ἕως ἐκλέποι τὰ ᾠά.
That's immortality of a sort, I suppose. His memory has survived longer than most of ours likely will.

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