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Que aun los ferocissimos se doman.

Ottava rhima.

Despues que Antonio con la indina muerte á[M]
De Tullio[1], hizo perderse la eloquenšia
Queriendo sublimar su fęliz suerte
Subi˛ en un carro, lleno de insolenšia,
U˝endo la fiereza del leon fuerte,[2]
Por declarar como a su violenšia
Dieron lugar los grandes caballeros
Hechos Ó fuerza de armas prisioneros.

[Marginalia - link to text]Marco Antonio.

Notes:

1. áCicero was considered Rome’s greatest orator - his name was held by many to be synonymous with eloquence itself; see Quintilian, Institutio oratoria 10.1.112. Mark Antony had Cicero murdered in 43 BC in revenge for his scathing attacks in the fourteen ‘Philippic’ orations. See Seneca the Elder, Suasoriae 6.17.

2. áCf. Pliny, Natural History 8.21.55: Antony was the first to yoke lions to a chariot in Rome...by this unnatural sight giving people to understand that noble spirits were at that time bowing to the yoke.


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