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The stupid rich man

Emblema. 188.

Tranat aquas residens pretioso in vellere Phrixus,
Et flavam impavidus per mare scandit ovem.
Et quid id est? vir sensu hebeti, sed divite gaza,
Coniugis, aut servi quem regit arbitrium.[1]

Phrixus traverses the waters astride the precious fleece and fearlessly rides the golden sheep across the sea. - Whatever can this be? - A man dull of sense, but with rich coffers, whom the whim of wife or servant rules.


1.  For the story of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece see Ovid, Fastii 3.851ff.

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