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Parem delinquentis & suasoris cul-
pam esse.

The one who urges wrongdoing is as guilty as the one who does the wrong

LV.

Praeconem lituo perflantem classica victrix
Captivum in tetro carcere turma tenet.
Queis ille excusat, qud nec sit strenuus armis.
Ullius aut saevo laeserit ense latus.
Huic illi, Quin ipse magis timidissime peccas,
Qui clangore alios aeris in arma cies.[1]

The victorious troop holds captive in a foul dungeon a herald, who sounds military commands on his trumpet. To them he makes his excuses - he is no strong fighting man and has wounded no one’s side with a cruel sword. They reply: You abject coward, you are in fact more guilty, for you with the sound of your trumpet stir up others to fight.

COMMENTARIA.

Victores in bello tubicinem adversae partis
ceperant, quem cm vinctum uti hostem tene
rent & fort plecterent ille se excusationibus
defendere conabatur, dicens neminem laesisse
nec contra quenquam pugnasse, nec etiam
unquam aliis armis praeter solam tubam usum
fuisse. Cui illi vicissim dixerunt, O timide, hoc
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [f8r p95]magis peccasti, caeteros nanque milites tuhae [=tubae] so-
no ad arma incitasti. Pariter apud Aesopum
in fabula de Buccinatore. Ostenditur non mi-
nus eos qui ad delicta alios instigant & per-
suadent, qum ipsosmet delinquentes punien
dos esse. Hoc ipsum etiam iure cavetur, & in
Lege Si quis servo. Codex de furtis.[2]

Notes:

1. This is a version of Aesop, Fables 325.

2. The Codex or Code (usually CJ) is part of Justinian’s Corpus Iuris Civilis. See O. F. Robinson, Sources of Roman Law (London: Routledge, 1997).


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