the cynic, called by Lucian “the greatest snarler and snapper of
all the old dogs” (cynics). Varro wrote in Latin Satyræ Menippæ.
The Menippean Satire
is a political pamphlet, partly in verse and partly in prose,
designed to expose the perfidious intentions of Spain in regard to
France, and the criminal ambition of the Guise family. The chief
writers were Leroy (who died 1593). Pithou (1544-1596), Passerat
(1534-1602), and Rapin, the poet
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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