Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Rude Behavior

Pherecrates, fragment 93 Kassel and Austin (preserved by Pollux 10.45, from the lost play Korianno; tr. Ian C. Storey):
Putting a chamber pot beside my head he farted.

πρὸς τῇ κεφαλῇ μου λάσανα καταθεὶς πέρδεται.
The main verb (πέρδεται) is in the present tense.

On the supposed etymological connection between Greek λάσανα and Italian lasagna see B.L. Ullman, "Horace Serm. I.6.115 and the History of the Word Laganum," Classical Philology 7.4 (October, 1912) 442-449, rejected by Anthony F. Buccini, "Lasagna: A Layered History," in Wrapped & Stuffed Foods: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2012 (Totnes: Prospects Books, 2013), pp. 94-104.

On this fragment see Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, The Fragments of Pherecrates (diss. University of Glasgow, 1992), pp. 287-288.


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