Metagenes, fr. 19 (Athenaeaus 270e): Mocking Homer and Hector



“One bird-omen is best: fight for your dinner!”

εἵς οἰωνὸς ἄριστος ἀμύνεσθαι περὶ δείπνου


This is really only funny if you know the line being mocked: Iliad 12.243 when Hector says:


“One bird-omen is best: defend your fatherland”


εἷς οἰωνὸς ἄριστος ἀμύνεσθαι περὶ πάτρης.


See what he did? He changed the last word! Shoot, you canjoin in on the fun and choose almost any Greek word in the genitive! Any suggestions?


Metagenes? A funnyman so renowned that he is not in Wikipedia. Another Old Attic Comic.


5 thoughts on “Metagenes, fr. 19 (Athenaeaus 270e): Mocking Homer and Hector

  1. I don’t know why this makes me think of the terrible dub of 1970s Japanese grindhouse classic The Street Fighter, in which Sonny Chiba’s sidekick/heterosexual life partner announces that he’s made “Chicken. American Style Roast.” for dinner and Chiba grumbles.

    Also, this really needs to be a KFC slogan, possibly as a tie in with a summer action blockbuster.

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