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La Republica libertada.

TERCETOS.

Siendo (por ser el Cęsar destruydo)
Segura la Republica y librada,
Tal dinero de Bruto fuč fingido.[1]
Un bonete en la punta de un’espada,
Qual ponen ą’l esclavo redimido,
Libre de servidumbre trabaxada.

Notes:

1.  Julius Caesar, who had become in effect the sole ruler of Rome, was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC by Marcus and Decimus Brutus, Cassius and other conspirators. Alciato describes the well-known coin-type celebrating the restoration of republican government issued by Brutus after the murder. The original bore the legend EID.MAR. (The Ides of March) across the lower section; above this, occupying the upper two thirds of the coin face, are two upright daggers with a cap of liberty between. These details are not all present in the woodcut here. Alciato had presumably seen or owned such a coin. He wrote a short treatise on ancient coins.


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  • death of Caesar, i.e. the murder of Caesar: he is slain in the Senate at the foot of Pompey's statue, exclaiming 'et tu Brute' [98B(CAESAR)68] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • freedom ~ slavery [46A183] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Freedom, Liberty; 'Libertą' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [51E11(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • male persons from classical history (with NAME) representations to which the NAME of a person from classical history may be attached [98B(BRUTUS, M.)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • republic; 'Governo della republica' (Ripa) [44B03] Search | Browse Iconclass

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