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Que ninguno deve dexarse venįer
d’el tormento.

Ottava rhima.

Esta Leona en Athenas pintada
(Si no lo sabes) de Harmodio fuč amiga:
Que porque fuč de tal nombre llamada,
O por que fuč razon que ansi se diga
Su fortaleza, estuvo ansi formada.
Y por que d’el tormento la fatiga
No hizo descubrirla d’el secreto,
Sin lengua la hizo aquel pintor perfetto.[1]  [M]

[Marginalia - link to text]Iphicrates.

Notes:

1.  Harmodius and Aristogeiton conspired to kill Hipparchus, the brother of the Athenian tyrant Hippias. Harmodius was killed, Aristogeiton arrested and tortured. Also tortured was Leaena (‘Lioness’) a courtesan, beloved of Harmodius, as she too was suspected of being in the conspiracy. She however revealed nothing. After the fall of Hippias, the two men were treated as tyrannicides and bronze statues were erected in their honour (509 BC). To avoid appearing to honour a courtesan, the Athenians had Leaena represented by Iphicrates (or Amphicrates) as a lioness without a tongue, indicating both her name and the reason for remembering her. See Pliny, Natural History 34.19.72; Plutarch, De garrulitate 505E.


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