Wait, here is a cake kneaded of Pylos barley.
Here are crusts, which the ivory hand of the goddess has hallowed.
Oh! Mighty Athene! How large are your fingers!
This is pea-soup, as exquisite as it is fine; Pallas the
victorious goddess at Pylos is the one who crushed the peas herself.
Oh, Demos! the goddess watches over you; she is stretching forth
over your head.... a stew-pan full of broth.
And should we still be dwelling in this city without this
Here are some fish, given to you by her who is the terror of our
The daughter of the mightiest of the gods sends you this meat
cooked in its own gravy, along with this dish of tripe and some
That's to thank me for the peplus I offered to her; good.
The goddess with the terrible plume invites you to eat this long
cake; you will row the harder on it.
Take this also.
And what shall I do with this tripe?
She sends it you to belly out your galleys, for she is always
showing her kindly anxiety for our fleet. Now drink this drink
composed of three parts of water to two of wine.
Ah! what delicious wine, and how well it stands the water.
The goddess who came from the head of Zeus mixed this liquor
with her own hands.
Hold, here is a piece of good rich cake.
But I offer you an entire cake.
But you cannot offer him stewed hare as I do.
Ah! great gods! stewed hare! where shall I find it? Oh! brain of
mine, devise some trick!
CLEON (showing him the hare)
Do you see this, you rogue?
SAUSAGE-SELLER (pretending to look afar)
A fig for that! Here are some people coming to seek me. They are
envoys, bearing sacks bulging with money.
(Hearing money mentioned CLEON turns his head, and the
SAUSAGE-SELLER seizes the opportunity to snatch away the stewed hare.)
Where, where, I say?
Bah! What's that to you? Will you not even now let the strangers
alone? Dear Demos, do you see this stewed hare which I bring you?
Ah! rascal! you have shamelessly robbed me.