"A Rare Bird"
Context: Juvenal, who satirizes almost every phase of Roman life, ruthlessly attacks the female sex in Satire VI. If a worthy wife exists, the poet says, she is indeed a rare bird. In the translation of Evans the passage reads:
"Is there not one, then, out of such large herds of women, that seems to you a worthy match?" Let her be beautiful, graceful, rich, fruitful; marshal along her porticoes her rows of ancestral statues; let her be more chaste than any single Sabine that, with hair dishevelled, brought the war to a close; be a very phenix upon earth, rare as a black swan; who could tolerate a wife in whom all excellencies are concentrated! I would rather, far rather, have a country maiden from Venusia, than you, O Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, if along with your exalted virtues you bring as portion of your dower a haughty and disdainful brow, and reckon as part of your fortune the triumphs of your house! Away, I beg, with your Hannibal and Syphax conquered in his camp, and tramp with all your Carthage!