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In Victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.

Aiacis tumulum lachrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[1]
Vincerer, & caussa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

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Victoire acquise par fraulde.

Vertu suis sur ce tombeau paincte,
Rompant mes cheveulx & visaige:
Qui faiz pour Ajax ma complainte,
Quon priva de son droit usage:
Car Ulysses par beau langage
Eust les armures Dachilles:
Ainsi beau parler faict dommaige,
Et a maintz droictz anichile.

Notes:

1. The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, [FALa038].

2. See Anthologia graeca 7.145.


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