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Ei qui semel sua prodegerit, aliena
credi non oportere.

Others’ property should not be entrusted to a person who has once squandered his own

XCVIII.

Colchidos in gremio nidum quid congeris? eheu
Nescia cur pullos tam mal credis avis.
Dira parens Medea suos saevissima natos
Perdidit, & speras parcat ut illa tuis?[1]

Why do you build your nest in the bosom of the woman from Colchis? Alas, ignorant bird, why do you entrust your nestlings so mistakenly? That frightful mother, Medea, in her savagery slew her own children. Do you expect her to spare yours?

COMMENTARIA.

Reprehendit aviculam (hirundinem ni fal-
lor) cur misera illa nidificet in sinu Colchi-
Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [l1v p162]dis, illius crudelissimae foeminae Medeae, quan-
do quidem sanguinaria illa mater propriis non
pepercerit filiis multo minus alienis misera-
bitur pullis. Fuit autem Medea filia Oetae re-
gis Colchorum, quae etiam Colchis vocatur
regione patriae (cuius meminimus & supr
Embl. 44.[2]) Venefica & incantatrix maxima,
quae cm Iasonem ex Thessalia venientem, per-
dit amaret, illum adiuvit ut vellus aureum,
quod in templo Dracone custo diebatur ac-
quireret, & Draconem occideret, quo facto
un cum Iasone clm aufugit, ut prolix scri-
bit Valerius Flaccus in Argonauticis & attingit
Ovidius lib. 7. Metamorphoseon in principe. Ob hoc pater
eam celerrim prosequebatur: illa ver fra-
trem suum parvulum quem secum abduxerat
occidit, & in frusta multa secavit, ac sparsim
in variis locis proiecit, ut scilicet pater perse-
quens in colligendis hinc inde dissipatis mem
bris retardaretur, ipsaque interim commodius
aufugere posset. Cm ver iam diu cum Ia-
sone vixisset & multos liberos procreasset,
tandem Iason pertaesus eam repudiavit, &
Creusam Corinthiorum Regis filiam uxo-
rem accepit, quamobrem illa indignata in
vindictam, omnes quos ex Iasone habuit fi-
lios, occidit: Creusam una cum domo Re-
gia exussit & aufugit. Hinc illud Ovidius lib. 1.
de arte amandi:

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Cui non defleta est Ephyraeae flamma Creusae,
Et nece natorum sanguinolenta parens.

Notes:

1. This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.346, a much-translated epigram, on the subject of a swallow that built her nest on a representation of Medea. Colchidos, ‘of the woman from Colchis’, refers to Medea, from Colchis on the Black Sea, who slew her children by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to avenge his unfaithfulness. See further [A56a033].

2. See [A56a044]


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