I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group features another set of proverbial sayings based on the comparative form of the adjective.
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629. More sharp-tongued than Momus. (Momus was a mythological complainer, as you can see in this fable about Momus and the gods' inventions.)
630. With more money than Crassus. (Crassus was a Roman general and politician, renowned for his wealth.)
631. More poor than Irus. (Irus was a beggar employed by the suitors of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey.)
632. More savage than Atreus. (Atreus, the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus, is most notorious for cooking up the sons of Thyestes, his own brothers, and serving their cooked bodies to him at a banquet.)
633. More changing than Proteus. (The mythological Proteus was capable of changing his shape.)
634. More voluble than a cricket. (This saying made its way into Erasmus's Adagia 1.9.100, and you can read an Aesop's fable about the revenge of the owl upon a noisy cricket.) Cicada vocalior.
635. More stinging than a wasp. (You can read the complaint of the butterfly against the stinging wasp in this Aesop's fable.) Vespa acerbior.
636. More blinder than a mole. (The proverbial blindness of the mole is one of the errors refuted by Thomas Browne in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica.)
637. More absorbent than a sponge. (Erasmus includes this comparison in the introduction to his Adagia, under the heading De Figuris proverbialibus, "About Proverbial Figures of Speech.")
638. More thirsty than the sands. (Erasmus includes this comparison in the introduction to his Adagia, under the heading De Figuris proverbialibus, "About Proverbial Figures of Speech.")
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