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Turrigeris humeris, dentis quoque barrus eburni[1],
Qui superare ferox Martia bella solet:
Supposuit nunc colla iugo, stimulisque subactus,
Caesareos currus ad pia templa vehit.
Vel fera cognoscit concordes undique gentes:
Proiectisque armis munia pacis obit.[2]

The elephant, with its tower-bearing shoulders and ivory tusk, a beast accustomed to dominate the conflicts of Mars with savage ravings, has now submitted its neck to the yoke: subdued by goads, it draws Caesar’s chariot to the holy temples. Even the beast recognises nations reconciled on every side, and rejecting the weapons of war, it performs the duties of peace.



Der Helffand mit seim weissen bein
Der Thürn tregt auff dem rucken sein
Der auch in schlachten streit und Krieg
Freidig und kün behelt den Sieg
Jetz aber hat er underß joch
Sein halß gegeben und zeucht noch
Darzu deß Keysers Wagen rhumb
Zu der Götter Tempel und Thumb
Diß grausam Thier auch merckt zumal
Das frid sey undern Völckern all
Legt ab deß Kriegs Waffen und sterck
Und nimpt an sich deß frides werck.


1.  Corrected from the errata.

2.  This is translated from Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.

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