In Deo laetandum.
Joy is to be found in God
Aspice ut egregius puerum Iovis alite pictor
Fecerit Iliacum summa per astra vehi.
Quis ne Iovem tactum puerili credat amore?
Dic haec Maeonius finxerit unde senex?
Consilium mens atque Dei cui gaudia praestant,
Creditur is summo raptus adesse Iovi.
See how the skilful illustrator has shown the Trojan boy being carried through the highest heavens by the eagle of Jove. Can anyone believe that Jove felt passion for a boy? Explain how the aged poet of Maeonia came to imagine such a thing. It is the man who finds satisfaction in the counsel, wisdom and joys of God who is thought to be caught up into the presence of mighty Jove.
Sich erfrewen in Gott.
Sih wie Ganymedes der knab
Auff ainem Adler zhimel far:
Mainst du das in Jupiter hab
Zu aim buelen geraicht? nayn zwar.
Wer sein sin, gmuet, hertz gantz und gar
Legt allayn auff goettliche ding,
Der lebt recht in der haylgen schar,
Also glaub das Homerus sing.
1. ‘The Trojan boy’, i.e. Ganymede, son of the Trojan prince, Tros, snatched away by the gods to be Jove’s cup-bearer. See Homer, Iliad 20.232ff, though the eagle is a post-Homeric addition. The Greek motto in the accompanying illustration, gannusthai medesi, means ‘to delight in counsels’, referring to a supposed etymology of the name Ganymedes, for which see Xenophon, Symposium 8.30.
2. ‘The aged poet of Maeonia’, i.e Homer. His place of activity is disputed. Chios or Smyrna is most likely - these are places in the central coastal area of Asia Minor, known as Lydia or Maeonia.
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- flying (+ variant) [31A2762(+0)] Search | Browse Iconclass
- index finger forwards, pointing, indicating [31A25552] Search | Browse Iconclass
- inscription [49L8] Search | Browse Iconclass
- man (showing himself) undressed, quasi-nude [41D91] Search | Browse Iconclass
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- proverbs, sayings, etc. (with TEXT) [86(GANEUS THAIMHEDESI)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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