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Opulenti haereditas.

The rich man’s legacy

Patroclum falsis rapiunt hinc Troes in Armis.
Hinc socii, atque omnis turba Pelasga vetat
Obtinet exuvias Hector, Graecique cadaver[1]
Haec fabella agitur, cum vir opimus obit.
Maxima rixa oritur, tandem sed transigit haeres
Et corvis aliquid, vulturibusque 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.

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Das CXCVIII [=197] .

Eins Reichen Erb.

Die Trojaner reissen da weck
Patrocl, der in frembd rüstung steckt
Auff der andern ziehent mit gwalt
Sein gsellen die Griechisch schar bald
Der Hector dRüstung darvon bringt
Den Griechen der todt Cörpel glingt
Ein solich spil sich auch zutreit
Wann ein Reicher von hinnen scheidt
Ein grosser zanck sich erhebt do
Die Erben theilens endtlich so
Das davon auch bekompt ein stück
Die Rappen und die Geyern flück.


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).

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