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In studiosum captum amore.

A scholar in the toils of love

LXXI.

Immersus studiis, dicundo & iure peritus,
Et maximus libellio.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [h5r p121]Heliodoram[1] amat, quantum nec Thracius unquam
Princeps sororis pellicem.[2]
Pallada cur alio superasti iudice Cypri?
Num sat sub Ida est vincere?[3]

This man immersed in learning, this expert in expounding the law, this great bookman, loves Heliadora more passionately than the Thracian king ever desired the woman whom he took in her sister’s place. - Cyprian goddess, why have you defeated Pallas again with another man as judge? Isn’t it enough to have conquered on the slopes of Ida?

COMMENTARIA.

Studiosus quidam perdoctus peritus ac li-
teris totus deditus derelicta Pallade (quae ar-
tium & sapientiae Dea est) deperit Heliodo-
ram
formosissimam puellam, vehementius
longeque ardentius quàm olim Iupiter Semele.
Alloquitur itaque Venerem, quare denuo Pal-
lada vicerit, annon sufficiat semel Paride sub
iudice vicisse,vel ut Venus respondeat, non
sat esse semel vicisse, &c. Thracius autem prin-
ceps, Iupiter dicitur: quia regnavit & natus
fuit in insula Creta, quae in Thracia est, ut Cicero
lib. 3. de natura Deorum Iuno veṛ, ut perhi-
bent soror & uxor Iovis est, Pellex Semele est
quam Iupiter ardentissimè amavit, & ex ea
Bacchum sustulit, ut diximus supra Emblem.
67.[4] Cypris Venus dicitur, ei nanque Cyprus
Insula consacrata est. Horatius lib. 1. Oda. 3. Sic
plurimos Veneris libidines à sincero Palladis
amores sapientiae studio, avocant atque im-
pediunt.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: Helianiran. ‘Heliodora’; cf. a poem written to her by Philodemus in Anthologia graeca 5.155.

2.  ‘the Thracian king’, a reference to the story of Tereus who lusted after his wife’s sister. See [A56a274] notes.

3.  sub Ida, ‘on the slopes of Ida’, a reference to the ‘judgement of Paris’, when Paris, a shepherd on Mount Ida in Asia Minor, was chosen to arbitrate in a contest of beauty and awarded the ‘apple of beauty’ or ‘discord’ to Venus (the Cyprian goddess), who thus defeated the other two contenders, Hera (the queen of the gods) and Pallas Athene (goddess of learning).

4.  See [A56a067]


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