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Iusta vindicta.

Just recompense

XXXVII.

Dum residet Cyclops sinuosi in faucibus antri,
Haec secum teneras concinit inter oves:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [e1v p66]Pascite vos herbas, sociis ego pascar Achivis,
Postremumque Utin viscera nostra ferent.
Audiit haec Ithacus, Cyclopaque lumine cassum
Reddidit, en poenas ut suus author habet[1]! [2]

Sitting in the mouth of his arching cave, the Cyclops sang thus to himself amidst his gentle sheep: Do you feed on grass; I shall feed on the Greek companions, and last of all my belly shall get No-man. The man from Ithaca heard this and made the Cyclops eyeless. See how the one who plotted misfortune collects it himself!

COMMENTARIA.

Cyclops aliàs Polyphemus gygas fuit ma
ximus monoculus iuxta Aethnam montem,
qui nonnullos sociorum Ulyssis captos la-
niavit miserè ac devoravit. Utis verò (id est
Ulysses, sibi enim hoc nomen finxit cùm Cy-
clopem deciperet, Οὔτις autem Graecis, nul-
lus vel nemo dicitur) callidus & astutus opti-
mum sibi vinum porrexit, quo inebriatus in
altissimum incidit somnum, mox congrega-
tis cum Ulysse sociis telo ferreo acutissimo
oculum illum unicum ex fronte effodientes
obcaecarunt, sicque ulti aufugerunt. Poenas ita-
que meritas luit, ob truculentiam in Achivos
(id est Graecos, sic dictos ab Achaia, ampla
Greciae regione) exercitum, minasque teme-
rarias contra Ulyssem prolatas. Sed praedicta
omnia pulchrè narrantur à Vergilii libro 3.
Aeneidos hunc etiam Polyphemum Galateam
Nympham amantem festivè describit Ovidius
lib. 13. Metamorphoseon.

Notes:

1.  A proverbial sentiment: cf. Erasmus, Adagia 3091, Di tibi dent tuam mentem.

2.  For the story of Ulysses (the man from Ithaca) in the Cyclops’ cave and his escape by blinding the Cyclops, see Homer, Odyssey 9.177 ff. Ulysses had told the Cyclops his name was No-man. (Utis l. 4).


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