According to fragments of the Satyricon, Trimalchio threw a hell of a dinner party
Hors d’oeuvres are served . The first course comes on the back of a Corinthian bronze donkey – white olives and black olives are served in equal amounts in panniers on the side of the bronze donkey. He also has served dormice sprinkled with honey and poppy seed and steaming sausages on a silver gridiron with damsons and pomegranate seeds underneath.
“Dormouse Hunt” found here
Ethiopian slaves (the most expensive slave you could buy) pour wine over the guests hands between one course and another. The slaves remove hang nails from his guests’ feet so that they won’t be left behind and thus bring bad luck into the house. Trimalchio has a course made that represents the 12 signs of the Zodiac, again showing his superstitious nature.
Aries the Ram – chickpeas (the ram is a sign of virility and chickpeas represent the penis in satire)
Taurus the Bull – a beefsteak . The bull represents strength.
Belgian Blue Bull found here
Gemini (The heavenly twins) – Testicles and kidneys
Cancer the Crab- a garland (which looks like pincers)
Leo the Lion – an African fig since lions were from Africa.
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Virgo the Virgin – a young sow’s udder, symbol of innocence.
Libra the Scales – A pair of balanced pans with a different dessert in each
Scorpio – a Sea Scorpion
Sagittarius the Archer – a sea bream with eyespots, you need a good eye to practise archery.
Capricorn- a Lobster
Aquarius the Water Carrier – a goose i.e. water fowl.
Pisces the Fish – two mullets
As befits his superstitious nature he now goes on to describe the type of people born under various star signs -
Aries the ram – People born under this sign are hard headed but good business men. Scholars and muttonheads are born under this sign
Taurus the bull- Bull-headed people are born under this sign and those who are self sufficient.
Bull Penis Cane found here
Gemini- Twins are born under this sign, as well as bisexuals
Cancer the Crab- People born under this sign have many legs to stand on (i.e. are multi talented) and own property on land and sea.
Leo the Lion – People born under this sign are greedy and bossy like a lion.
Virgo the Virgin – people born under this sign are runaways and candidates for the chain gang.
Chain Gang image found here
Libra the Scales – Butchers and perfume sellers (who used scales to weigh the spices in perfume) and anyone who weighs things up are born under this sign.
Sagittarius – Cross eyed people (since Sagittarius looks backwards)
Capricorn – People in trouble who sprout horns in their worry
Aquarius – Bartenders and Jug heads
Pisces- people who spout rubbish in public
more astrological bodywork here