Quote of the Day (shrew-mouse edition)

November 18, 2009

According to Columella, the shrew-mouse can be quite a pest. But how to protect one’s oxen?

There is also a practice of encasing the shrew-mouse itself while still alive in potter’s clay and, when the clay is dry, hanging it round the ox’s neck. This renders the animal immune from the bite of a shrew-mouse.

– Columella Rei Rusticae 6.17.6