Eusebius Riddle 51: De scorpione


Date: Mon 27 Dec 2021
Original text:

Vermibus ascriptus nec non serpentibus atris,
Quislibet utrorum sociatus, ab ore solesco
Armari bino; quod vulnere corpore caudae
Inficiens, virum diffundo. (1) Hinc Grece vocabor,
Et, reliquos mordens artus, non vulnero palmas.


Ascribed the status of worms and also of deadly serpents,
Allied with either of them, I am typically armed
With a second mouth; because, poisoning the body with a wound
From my tail, I pour out into the man. From this I get my name in Greek,
And, biting other limbs, I do not wound the palms.

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On the scorpion


(1) Other editions read virus (poison), but virum (man) is the reading in both manuscripts and makes a kind of sense.

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