Mistullon Taratalla: Martial 1.50

“Aemelianus, if your cook is called Mistullos, why is mine not named Taratalla?”

Si tibi Mistyllos cocus, Aemiliane, vocatur,

dicatur quare non Taratalla mihi?

NOTE: This is just a silly joke riffing on the Homeric formula μίστυλλόν τ’ ἄρα τἆλλα (mistullon t’ara t’alla), “then they cut up the rest of the meat.”

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