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Mulieris famam, non formam, vulga-
tam esse oportere.

A woman’s reputation, not her beauty, should be known to the world.

C.

Alma Venus quae nam haec facies, quid denotat illa
Testudo, molli quam pede diva premis?
Me sic effinxit Phidias,[1] sexumque referri
Foemineum, nostra iussit ab effigie,
Quodque manere domi, & tacitas decet esse puellas,
Supposuit pedibus talia signa meis.

Kindly Venus, what form is this, what does that tortoise mean, on which, o goddess, your soft feet rest? Phidias fashioned me like this. He intended the female sex to be represented by this image of me. Girls should stay at home and keep silence, and so he put such symbols under my feet.

Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[O8r p223 as 224]

Das lob einer frawen solle nam-
hafft sein, nit die gestalt.

C.

Venus, was bedeutt das ich dich
Auff einer Schiltkrot hye sich stan?
Der maister Phidias hat mich
Also gemacht, und zaiget an,
Das ein fraw sol die tugent han
Dises thier, sein mit worden stil,
Huetten das hau▀, daraus nit gan,
Dan gwingt sy lob und namens vil.

Notes:

1. áPhidias’ statue of Aphrodite with one foot on a tortoise, set up at Elis, is mentioned by Pausanias, Periegesis 6.25.1. The tortoise is a symbol of ideal female domesticity, as it keeps silent and never leaves its house see Plutarch Coniugalia praecepta 32 (Mor. 142).


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