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EX DOMINO SERVUS.

THE MASTER-SLAVE DIALECTIC

Cornibus in cervum mutatum Actaeona sumptis
Membratim proprii diripuere canes.
NAE miser est dominus, Parasitos[1] quisquis edaces
Pascit: adulantum praeda parata canum!
Se quibus irridendum suggerit, & comedendum.
Servus & ex domino corniger efficitur.

Actaeon, having put on horns and changed into a stag, was devoured piecemeal by his own dear hounds. O pity the master who feeds up hungry cadgers; he’s a sitting duck for the obsequious dogs he encourages to laugh at him and gobble him up. The master turns into a horned slave.

Notes:

1.  Parasitae, stock figures of the aristocratic table in New Comedy and satire alike.



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