His fables are for the most part versions of the stock stories associated with the name of Aesop; however, Babrius rendered them into the scazon
, or choliambic, meter.
Catullus 8 is written in the choliambic meter, sometimes also called 'limping iambics', or scazons
. There is an elision between 'te adibit' in line 16, so that, rather than having four syllables, the phrase is pronounced with just three.
Persius Flaccus (34-62), who imitated the meters of Lucilius in the prologue of his works, the Greek rhetor Agamemnon now breaks into Latin scazons
, or limping iambics, and then switches abruptly to hexameters.