Switch to Dual Emblem Display

Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[o3r p213]

Opulenti haereditas.

The rich man’s legacy

LXXXIII [=84] .

Patroclum falsis rapiunt hinc TroŽs in armis,
Hic socii, atque omnis turba Pelasga vetat.
Obtinet exuvias Hector, Graecique cadaver,[1]
Haec fabella agitur, cým vir opimus obit,
Maxima rixa oritur, tandem sed transigit haeres,
Et corvis aliquid, vulturiisque sinit.[2]

On that side the Trojans are carrying off Patroclus in his deceptive armour, on this, his co-fighters and all the Greek host try to stop them. Hector obtains the spoils, the Greeks the body. This story is played out when a rich man dies. A great quarrelling arises, but eventually the heir brings the argument to an end and leaves something for crows and vultures.


1.For the death of Patroclus, see Homer, Iliad, 16.784ff. He borrowed Achilles’ armour to fight the Trojans when Achilles refused, and was killed by Hector, who took the armour.

2.‘Vulture’ was a term used to refer to people who hang round rich persons, hoping for a legacy See Erasmus, Adagia, 614 (Si vultur es, cadaver exspecta).

Related Emblems

Show related emblems Show related emblems

Hint: You can set whether related emblems are displayed by default on the preferences page

Iconclass Keywords

Relating to the image:

    Relating to the text:

    Hint: You can turn translations and name underlining on or off using the preferences page.


    Back to top