from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bareback rider in the Roman circus who rode two or more horses at once, leaping from one to another.
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See Lieut. - Col. Leake's 'Topography of Athens,' sect. iv.] [Footnote 633: The original is [Greek: apobatês] ἀποβάτης, which corresponds to the Latin desultor, meaning one who rode several horses, leaping from one to the other.] [Footnote 634: Plutarch's narrative here is misleading, as it seems to imply that Harpalus gave this money to Charikles _after_ his arrival in Athens.
nudaque simplicitas purpureusque pudor. non mihi mille placent, non sum desultor amoris: 15
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