Falco, Titus, and the giant turbot
- For all falcophiles:
Via David Meadows of http://www.atrium-media.com/rogueclassicism//, I got to this blog by Peter Stothard, Editor of the (London) Times Literary Supplement, http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2006/12/if_bush_is_a_tu.html.
From that, it looks like Lindsey Davis got the idea for the hilarious dinner party at which Falco cooks the giant turbot which he had received from Titus -- who crashed the party -- from Juvenal's Fourth Satire. This one involves Domitian and his cabinet though.
I could not find a full translation of the Satire into English (the link in the blog leads to Satires One through Three only), but this will do as well:
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