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G. Kaibel: Athenaei Naucratitae Dipnosophistarum libri 15

Book 2

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ὅτι δὲ τὸ ὕδωρ ὁμολογουμένως ἐστὶ τρόφιμον δῆλον ἐκ τοῦ τρέφεσθαί τινα ἐξ αὐτοῦ μόνου τῶν ζῴων, ὥσπερ τοὺς τέττιγας. πολλὰ δὲ καὶ τῶν ἄλλων ὑγρῶν ἐστι τρόφιμα, οἷον γάλα, πτισάνη, οἶνος. τὰ γοῦν ὑποτίτθια γάλακτι διαρκεῖται. καὶ πολλὰ δὲ ἔθνη γαλακτοποτοῦντα ζῇ. Δημόκριτον δὲ τὸν Ἀβδηρίτην λόγος ἔχει διὰ γῆρας ἐξάξαι αὑτὸν διεγνωκότα τοῦ ζῆν καὶ ὑφαιροῦντα τῆς τροφῆς καθʼ ἑκάστην ἡμέραν, ἐπεὶ αἱ τῶν Θεσμοφορίων ἡμέραι ἐνέστησαν, δεηθεισῶν τῶν οἰκείων γυναικῶν μὴ ἀποθανεῖν κατὰ τὴν πανήγυριν, ὅπως ἑορτάσωσι, πεισθῆναι κελεύσαντα μέλιτος ἀγγεῖον αὑτῷ πλησίον παρατεθῆναι, καὶ διαζῆσαι ἡμέρας ἱκανὰς τὸν ἄνδρα, τῇ ἀπὸ τοῦ μέλιτος ἀναφορᾷ μόνῃ χρώμενον, καὶ μετὰ τὰς ἡμέρας βασταχθέντος τοῦ μέλιτος ἀποθανεῖν. ἔχαιρε δὲ Δημόκριτος ἀεὶ τῷ μέλιτι· καὶ πρὸς τὸν πυθόμενον πῶς ἂν ὑγιῶς τις διάγοι ἔφη, εἰ τὰ μὲν ἐντὸς μέλιτι βρέχοι, τὰ δʼ ἐκτὸς ἐλαίῳ. καὶ τῶν Πυθαγορικῶν δὲ τροφὴ ἦν ἄρτος μετὰ μέλιτος, ὥς φησιν Ἀριστόξενος, τοὺς προσφερομένους αὐτὰ ἀεὶ ἐπʼ ἀρίστῳ λέγων ἀνόσους διατελεῖν. Λύκος δὲ πολυχρονίους φησὶν εἶναι τοὺς Κυρνίους (οἰκοῦσι δʼ οὗτοι περὶ Σαρδόνα) διὰ τὸ μέλιτι ἀεὶ χρῆσθαι· πλεῖστον δὲ τοῦτο γίνεται παρʼ αὐτοῖς.

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