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EMBLEMA CLXVI [=165] .

Gula.

Gluttony

Gurgulione gravis [=gruis] tumida vir pingitur alvo,
Qui laron, aut manibus gestat Onocrotalum[1].
Talis forma fuit Dionysi[2], & talis Apici,[3]
Et gula quos celebris deliciosa facit.

We have here painted a man with a crane’s long gullet and a swollen belly, holding in his hands a gull or pelican. Such was the form of Dionysius, such the form of Apicius, and all those whom gourmet taste makes famous.

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Das CLXVI [=165] .

Schlauch oder Fraß.

Ein Mann mit einem grossen Bauch
Und mit eins Kranichs Halß und Schlauch
Wirt gmalt, der auff den Henden hat
Ein Unvogel und ein Hol brat
Also soll Dionysius
Gwesen seyn und Apicius
Und alle die so macht der Schleckt
Berühmt, und in ein namm erweckt.

Notes:

1.  These birds were symbols of ravenous greed. The pelican is called inexplebile animal, ‘insatiable creature’, by Pliny, Natural History, 10.66.131; cf. Emblem 166 ([A67a166]). For the gull, see Erasmus, Adagia, 1133 (Larus: the gull will also fit food-suppliers because it is a bird with an appetite for fish).

2.  Dionysius II, Tyrant of Syracuse. After his deposition, he lived in Corinth, and many anecdotes were told of his indulgent way of life there, including the story that he died of being overweight.

3.  Apicius was a famous gourmet of the time of the Emperor Tiberius. See Seneca, De consolatione, 10.8-9 and Martial, Epigrams, 3.22: he spent a hundred million sesterces on food items and committed suicide for fear of starvation on discovering that he had only one million left. He composed two cookery books, but the one which has come down to us under his name is a fourth- to fifth-century compilation drawing on his works and several others (ed. princ. Le Signerre, Milan 1498).


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