Trojan Pig

Images of a terracotta painted pig in a Prygian cap with spear and shield was shared on Twitter in hopes of locating its present whereabouts by Chapps. He found it on the UKansas Classics webpage.

This immediately reminded me of this passage of Macrobius about which I posted a very long time ago.

“Titius assailed the times in which he lived because people served a dish called porcus Troianus, so named because it was stuffed with smaller animals as the Trojan horse was stuffed with armed men” (ap. Macrob. Sat. 3.13.13).

This type of dish is also part of Petronius’ Satyricon and appears as part of Trimalchio’s feast (49.1ff).

And it reminded my colleague Karl Steel of M. Grunnius Corocotta (tweet)!

This is a character from a humorous piece of Latin that claims to be the dictation of a piglet’s will, the TESTAMENTUM PORCELLI, for which Terrence Lockyer provided a convenient online translation.

We should also remember that the boar was a legionary standard used by the Romans in the Republic (early post on this).

It also reminds me a great deal of the Aeneas, Anchises, Ascanius as dogs type of humor:

In Naples Archaeological Museum

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