Semonides, fr. 10a

 

“Don’t put on airs for being unbathed or be shocked at water.”

 

καὶ μήτ᾿ ἄλουντος γαυρία σύ, μήτ᾿ ὕδωρ

θαύμαζε…

 

This is from Herennius Philo’s On the Different Meanings of Words. Who knows what the original context was. It is Simonides, so it must be an insult, right? (Or personal grooming advice?)

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