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date: 07 March 2021

Vespae iudicium coci et pistoris iudice Volcanolocked

  • J. H. D. Scourfield

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Poem in 99 hexameters by Vespa, an itinerant rhetorician, in which baker and cook argue their respective merits before Vulcan. Metrical and other considerations suggest a late 3rd- or 4th-cent. date. Full of mythological learning, the poem, which parodies bucolic competition, is most notable for its humour, particularly its puns.

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