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Can you answer the Riddles of Symphosius?

Around the fourth or fifth century AD a Latin poet named Symphosius created a collection of one hundred riddles. This work would be widely read in the Middle Ages, and inspired many medieval writers to create their own riddles. Symphosius’ riddles were each just three lines long, and were mostly simple answers based on nature or every day objects. We chose fifteen of our favourite riddles to see how many you can answer:

See also these riddles:

Can you solve these Anglo-Saxon Riddles?

Can you solve Odin’s Riddles?

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This version of Symphosius’ riddles was translated by Raymond Ohl in 1928. You can also read this translation by Elizabeth Hickman du Bois:

Symphosius Riddles



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