“asperginis” spray

In Finer Points on October 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm
A Kihansi spray toad in its ark at the Bronx Zoo

A Kihansi spray toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) in its ark at the Bronx Zoo as its being sprayed with artificial misters meant to simulate a waterfall

From Ovid’s Metamorphoses:

“There is uproar: men shouting, the rigging straining, the sound of the breaking sea from a weight of sea, and the crash of thunder. The waves rise up and seem to form the sky, and their spray touches the lowering clouds. Now the water is tainted yellow, with sand churned from the depths, now blacker than the Styx, while the waves break white with hissing foam. The Trachinian ship is driven in the grip of fate, now lifted on high, as if looking down on the valleys from a mountain summit, into the depths of Acheron: now sinking, caught in the trough of the wave, staring at heaven from the infernal pool.”

(For a remarkable digital library of Latin texts in both original and English translation check out Perseus under Philologic from the University of Chicago.)


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