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TYPOGRAPHI AGATHANDRI
SYMBOLUM.
ἘΚ ΤΟΥ ΠΌΝΟΥ Ὁ ΚΛΈΟΣ.[1]

THE DEVICE OF THE PRINTER AGATHANDRUS “FROM LABOUR FAME“

Perseus saxificae caput exitiale Medusae
Victor periculi gerit.
Aegide Palladia armatus, clypeoque corusco,
Acuta & Harpe Mercuri,
Vertice pennato, geminis talaribus: auras
Carpens, volat mirabilis.
Despicit, ac infra se homines in saxa stupentes:
Fusis humi serpentibus.
Ecquid id est? C¨m absoluit opus Sapientia pulchrum
Acumine Eloquentiae:
Evehit altŔ (ade˛ genus ut mortale stupescat:)
Labore parta gloria.[2]

Perseus, triumphant in adversity, bears Medusa’s petrifying head. With the aegis of Pallas as his breastplate, a shining shield, and the sharp falchion of Mercury, his head crowned with feathers and a pair of winged sandals on his feet, he flies, a wonder, treading upon the winds. He looks down; below him men turn to stone astounded; the snakes pour over the earth. What then is this? When Wisdom has completed her fair labour with the help of keen eloquence, she lifts us high (so high the race of mortal men is astounded): FROM LABOUR FAME IS BORN.

Notes:

1. áAgathandrus is a Greek version of Bonhomme (‘good man’), for the Lyonnais printer, MacÚ (or Mathias) Bonhomme.

2. áThe epigram is written in a so-called ‘epodic’ metre (dactylic hexameter+iambic dimeter) quite different from the poet’s usual elegaic distich.



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