julian barker

Insult Comedy, Byzantine Style

Anthologia Palatina 11.367 = Julian Antecessor (6th cent. CE)

You’ve got a face that looks exactly like an ostrich;
Can it be that Circe gave you a potion to drink
And turned your nature into that of a bird?

 Ὄψιν ἔχεις στρουθῷ πανομοίιον. ἦ ῥά σε Κίρκη
ἐς πτηνὴν μετέθηκε φύσιν κυκεῶνα πιόντα;

Circe, Wright Barker, 1889