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Dives indoctus.

The stupid rich man

Tranat aquas residens precioso in vellere Phrixus,
Et flavam inpavidus per mare scandit ovem.
Ecquid id est? vir sensu hebeti, sed divite gaza,
Coniugis aut servi quem regit arbitrium.[1]

Phrixus traverses the waters astride the precious fleece and fearlessly rides the golden sheep across the sea. - Whatever can this be? - A man dull of sense, but with rich coffers, whom the whim of wife or servant rules.

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Riche ignorant.

Phrixus prochain de grand malheur,
Eust tost bien heur, ce dit Ovide.
Moton a poil dor de valeur,
Par la Mer seurement le guyde.
Riche homme de prudence vuyde,
Soubz aultruy tout son bien ordonne:
Car sa femme conduit sa bride:
Et son valet conseil luy donne.

Notes:

1.  For the story of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece see Ovid, Fastii 3.851ff.


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