Artic. 3. Of prodigious Eaters.
THere was a Woman once at Alexandria, as Athenaeus sets it down; he saith, She eat 12 pound of flesh, four chaevice of bread that is more than 12 pound; and she drank a gallon of wine and upward. Maximinus the Emperour would drink often in one day 9. Gallons of Wine of the Capitol measure, he eat 40, pound of flesh, and as Cordus saith, 60 pound, Capitolinus is my Authour; now an Amphora is 8, congii, that is about 9, Gallons. One Phagon in Vopiscus, who was in great respect with Aurelianus the Emperour, eat so much in one day, that he devoured a whole Bore, a hundred Loafs, a Wether and a young Hogg; and he drank more than an Orca of Wine with a tunnel put into it: now an Orca was a Vessel of Wine greater than an Amphora. What shall I say of Clodius Albinus the Emperour? He, as Capitolinus writes, devoured so much fruit as is incredible to speak: Page 312 for Cordus saith, that he eat 500 dried Figs which the Graecians call Cal∣listruas, for a breakfast; and a hundred Peaches of Campania, and ten Melons of Ostia, and 20 pounds of Grapes of Lovinium, and a hundred Gnatsappers, and 400 Oysters.
Uguccio Fagiolanus being a banish'd old man, did glory at the Table before Scaliger at Verona; that when he was a young man, he eat four fat Capons, and so many Partridges, and the roasted hinder parts of a Kid, and the breast of a Calf stuft, beside salt fish, at one Supper To this appertains that prodigious man, in the time of Caesar Maxi∣milian, who eat a raw Calf, and a Sheep, at one meal. Suidrigellus Duke of Lithuania, sate 6. hours at Supper, and fed on 130 dishes, Sylv. l. 2. Comment. in Pannormit. The Epitaph of Thymocreon Rhodius was this:
Now over-great appetite, if it proceed from a praeternatural cause, it is called Bulimos; and if it be with vomiting, it is call'd dogs appe∣tite. And it proceeds from some gnawing humour in the stomach, or from a consumption of the whole body, or by reason of the ope∣ration of the cold ayr; or, lastly, from Worms. Brutus, when he went from Dyrrachium to Apollonia through the Snow, had like to have got this disease; and a woman that cast up a Worm of twelve fingers breadth long, lost her great stomach; and so did another that voided 100 worms. Brasavolus testifies, that this disease was epi∣demical at Ferrara; and Anno 1535, it was so in Borussia; Leonellus Faventinus writes it. Gemma Frisius speaks of a woman not very aged, that could not live one moment without eating. He gives the cause to be the greatnesse of her Liver, and the prodigious peculiar temperament of it. For her fat being increased unmeasurably, and her heat choaked, her belly was opened, and about 20 pounds of fat were taken out; her Liver was found to be sound, swelling with blood and spirits, but extream red, and huge great, that by its very weight it pressed the vitall parts, Frisius l. 1. c. 6. Cosmocrit.