74.13 what does 'ambubaiam non meminisse!' mean?

Phoebus Apollo

Civis Illustris
contra Trimalchio 'quid enim?' inquit 'ambubaiam non meminisse!

'In reply/in turn, Trimalchio said: 'Well? She's doesn't remember that she was a flute-girl!'

^Above is my translation for this. Is this correct? I'm a bit thrown off by the accusative, and the fact the only verb is infinitive...
 

Araneus

Umbraticus Lector
There appears to be alternative readings here. The TLL text has 'Quid enim, inquit, ambubaia non meminit se?'
 

Adrian

Civis Illustris
As far as that fragment is considered
Contra Trimalchio: "Quid enim, inquit, ambubaia non meminit se? de machina illam sustuli, hominem inter homines feci

I would understand it as :
But Trimalchio "went on". "What!" he said, "has the syrian flute playeress/ danceress (= he ment : trollop /dancing-whore) no memory? I took her from the "auction block" , and made her a free woman among her equals.
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
contra Trimalchio 'quid enim?' inquit 'ambubaiam non meminisse!

'In reply/in turn, Trimalchio said: 'Well? She's doesn't remember that she was a flute-girl!'

^Above is my translation for this. Is this correct? I'm a bit thrown off by the accusative, and the fact the only verb is infinitive...
Using this reading, it's probably an exclamatory infinitive. This use of the infinitive is used in exclamations and has an accusative subject, like "mene incepto desistere victam?" from the Aeneid. It could either mean "what? The flute-girl does not remember?" or (implying a se fuisse), "what? (she) does not remember that (she was) a flute-girl?"
 

Phoebus Apollo

Civis Illustris
As far as that fragment is considered
Contra Trimalchio: "Quid enim, inquit, ambubaia non meminit se? de machina illam sustuli, hominem inter homines feci

I would understand it as :
But Trimalchio "went on". "What!" he said, "has the syrian flute playeress/ danceress (= he ment : trollop /dancing-whore) no memory? I took her from the "auction block" , and made her a free woman among her equals.
Using this reading, it's probably an exclamatory infinitive. This use of the infinitive is used in exclamations and has an accusative subject, like "mene incepto desistere victam?" from the Aeneid. It could either mean "what? The flute-girl does not remember?" or (implying a se fuisse), "what? (she) does not remember that (she was) a flute-girl?"
Thank you
 
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