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Nobiles & generosi.

High born and noble

Aurea Caecropias[1] nectebat fibula vestes:
Cui coniuncta tenax dente cicada fuit.
Calceus, Arcadico suberat cui lunula ritu,[2]
Gestatur patribus mullea Romulidis.[3]
Indigenas quod se adsererent haec signa tulerunt,
Antiqua illustres nobilitate viri.

A golden brooch knitted together the robes of Cecrops’ descendants, a brooch which had attached to it a cicada, gripping with a tooth. A shoe called a mullea with a little crescent-shaped ornament below in Arcadian fashion was worn by Romulus’ patrician clans. Because they proclaimed themselves descendants of the earliest inhabitants, men distinguished by ancient noble lineage wore these symbols.

Das XV.

Edel und Wolgeborn.

Die Edlen trugen zu Athen
An irn Kleidern gülden hafften
Daran waren Cicaden gmacht
Damits zsammen hefften zum pracht
An den Schuhen die Gschlechter zRom
Theten tragen ein güldin Mon
Auff Arcadisch monier und weiß
Den sie hielten mit grossem fleiß
Damit zeigen sie an gar fein
Das sie innwohner diß Lands seyn
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [C8v f11v]Von andern orten nit her komm
Sonder da iren anfang gnomm.


1.  Cecropias, ‘of Cecrops’ descendants’, i.e. Athenians claiming descent from Cecrops, the autochthonous first king of Athens. See Emblem 144 ([A67a144]), notes.

2.  Arcadico...ritu, ‘in Arcadian fashion’. The Arcadians wore crescent-shaped ornaments because they believed themselves to be the first men on earth and older than the moon. See Ovid, Fastii, 2.290. Evander, who came from Arcadia, was the founder of the primitive settlement on the Palatine hill which preceded Romulus’ Rome. See Vergil, Aeneid, 8.; Plutarch, Quaestiones Romanae, 76.

3.  patribus...Romulidis, ‘Romulus’ patrician clans’, i.e. members of the inner circle of noble Roman families claiming descent from the first senators (patres), one hundred in number, appointed by Romulus, founder and first ruler of Rome. These patrician families wore a distinctive black boot with a crescent-shaped ornament. Those members who achieved high political office wore similar red boots, calcei mullei, so called because their colour was like that of a mullet (according to Isidore, Etymologiae (Origines), 19.34.4 and 10).

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