[Sca-cooks] crocodiles and magpies
t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Wed Mar 5 12:56:10 PST 2008
> Cindy Renfrow:
> Forgive me for coming late to this thread. I don't know whether
> someone has mentioned this or not, but there's a reference to eating
> magpies in Athenaeus, Vol. II, p. 107.
> The passage is listing many birds served at a feast and says:
> "…ducks, ringdoves, geese, snipe, thrushes, larks, magpies, swans,
> pelican, wagtails, crane…" >>
> Strange. My edition of Athenaeus (ed. Gulick)
> reads: "... ducks, pigeons, geese, sparrows, thrushes, larks,
> jays, swans, pelican, wagtails, crane---".
> It is in volume II, page 107. My edition is "1928, repr. 1987".
> "jays" instead of "magpies". That's not the same kind of bird?
Magpies and jays are both members of the family Corvidae (as are crows). In
Latin, "pica" appears to be used for both jays and magpies, so this is
probably a case where the translators chose different meanings for the same
word. Pica is now the genus name for magpies.
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