Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1.647-656

          Dicitur Aegyptos caruisse iuvantibus arva

               Imbribus, atque annos sicca fuisse novem,

          Cum Thrasius Bisirin adit, monstratque piari

650         Hospitis adfuso sanguine posse Iovem.

           Illi Busiris "fies Iovis hostia primus,"

               Inquit "et Aegypto tu dabis hospes aquam."

           Et Phalaris tauro violenti membra Perilli

               Torruit: infelix inbuit austor opus.

655     Iustus uterque fuit: neque enim lex aequior ulla est,

               Quam necis artifices arte perire sua.

Text after Amores, Epistulae, Medicamina faciei femineae, Ars amatoria, Remedia amoris, by R. Ehwald (Teubner: 1916).

Egypt was said to have been without rains benefitting

     the fields and to have been arid for nine years,

when Thrasius came to Busiris and informed him that it was

     possible to appease Jupiter by pouring out the blood of a stranger. 650

Busiris said to him, "You will be Jupiter's first sacrifice,

      and you, a guest, will give water to Egypt.

And Phalaris burned the violent limbs of Perilli in his bull:

     its creator inaugurated his unfortunate work.

Both were just: indeed there isn't any juster law655

     than that the purveyors of death perish by their own skill.

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Susan Stephens, Callimachus: Aetia. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-947822-07-8.https://dcc.dickinson.edu/callimachus-aetia/supplementary-texts/ovid-ars-amatoria-1-647-656