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PEACE by Aristophanes, Part 18

TRYGAEUS
Pour lead into the hollow and fit a good, long stick to the top;
and you will have a balanced cottabus.
ARMOURER
Don't mock me.
TRYGAEUS
Well, here's another idea. Pour in lead as I said, add here a dish
hung on strings, and you will have a balance for weighing the figs
which you give your slaves in the fields.
ARMOURER
Cursed fate! I am ruined. Here are helmets, for which I gave a
mina each. What I to do with them? who will buy them?
TRYGAEUS
Go and sell them to the Egyptians; they will do for measuring
laxatives.
ARMOURER
Ah! poor helmet-maker, things are indeed in a bad way.
TRYGAEUS
He has no cause for complaint.
ARMOURER
But helmets will be no more used.
TRYGAEUS
Let him learn to fit a handle to them and he can sell them for
more money.
ARMOURER
Let us be off, comrade.
TRYGAEUS
No, I want to buy these spears.
ARMOURER
What will you give?
TRYGAEUS
If they could be split in two, I would take them at a drachma
per hundred to use as vine-props.
ARMOURER
The insolent dog! Let us go, friend.
(The munitions-makers all depart.)
TRYGAEUS (as some young boys enter)
Ah I here come the guests, young folks from the table to take a
pee; I fancy they also want to hum over what they will be singing
presently. Hi! child! what do you reckon to sing? Stand there and give
me the opening line.
BOY
"Glory to the young warriors..."
TRYGAEUS
Oh! leave off about your young warriors, you little wretch; we are
at peace and you are an idiot and a rascal.
BOY
"The skirmish begins, the hollow bucklers clash against each
other."
TRYGAEUS
Bucklers! Leave me in peace with your bucklers.
BOY
"And then there came groanings and shouts of victory."
TRYGAEUS
Groanings! ah! by Bacchus! look out for yourself, you cursed
squaller, if you start wearying us again with your groanings and
hollow bucklers.
BOY
Then what should I sing? Tell me what pleases you.
TRYGAEUS
"'Tis thus they feasted on the flesh of oxen," or something
similar, as, for instance, "Everything that could tickle the palate
was placed on the table."
BOY
"'Tis thus they feasted on the flesh of oxen and, tired of
warfare, unharnessed their foaming steeds."
TRYGAEUS
That's splendid; tired of warfare, they seat themselves at
table; sing to us how they still go on eating after they are satiated.
BOY
"The meal over, they girded themselves..."
TRYGAEUS
With good wine, no doubt?
BOY
"...with armour and rushed forth from the towers, and a terrible
shout arose."
TRYGAEUS
Get you gone, you little scapegrace, you and your battles! You
sing of nothing but warfare. Who is your father then?
BOY
My father?
TRYGAEUS
Why yes, your father.
BOY
I am Lamachus' son.
TRYGAEUS
Oh! oh! I could indeed have sworn, when I was listening to you,
that you were the son of some warrior, who dreams of nothing but
wounds and bruises, of some Bulomachus or Clausimachus; go and sing
your plaguey songs to the spearmen....Where is the son of Cleonymus?
Sing me something before going back to the feast. I am at least
certain he will not sing of battles, for his father is far too careful
a man.
SON OF CLEONYMUS
"A Saian is parading with the spotless shield which I regret to
say I have thrown into a thicket."
TRYGAEUS
Tell me, you little good-for-nothing, are you singing that for
your father?

 

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