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Exemplum stultitiae.

A model of stupidity.

Cum pertinacibus non agendum.

There’s nothing to be done with persistent idiots.

Caucaseum crebro lapidem qui verberat ictu,
Non iniuste ambas perdidit ille manus.
Desine cum duro contendere viribus Albi,[1]
Indurata nequit mollior esse lues.

The man who beats the Caucasian rock with repeated blows (not unreasonably) ends up losing both his hands. Albius, leave off wrestling with something hard; inbuilt corruption cannot be softened.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K3v p150]

NARRATIO PHILOSOPHICA.

RIdendum arbitror videatur, si quis con-
tentius pugno lapidem allidat: quod huius
vindictae genus non tantùm ad disciplinam non
proficiat, sed etiam in caput ipsius, qui poenam
constituit, redundet. Sic & forsitan frustra illi con-
tenderunt, quibus persuasum erat animos homi-
num, in quibus ab ipsa natura libertas quaedam
insita est, vi & armis nova religionis lege alliga-
ri posse. Qui enim ita sunt animo affecti, ut ce-
dant nemini, neque aliorum sententias quicquam
ponderis apud se habere velint, facilè illorum cor-
pora cruciatu aut minis huc & illuc impellas, ani-
mi autem elationem quae in praestantibus viris
elucet maximè, nunquam ad aequitatem adduxe-
ris. Quò enim quisque animi magnitudine & do-
ctrina praestat, hoc aliud sibi devia & officio praeire
patitur immoderatius. Quidam verò sunt nullo neque

usu rerum, neque scientiarum instructu praediti, quos ta
men pertinacius in aliqua sententia haerentes, num-
quam dimoveris. Quod ut omnibus in rebus, tum
verò in religione magnopere periculosum est. Cum
his certe (quia neque decernendi neque de-
certandi ratio valet) consultius ege-
rit, qui non reiecto tantum, sed
abiecto scuto con-
tenderit.

Notes:

1.  The exact context of the events or people described here are uncertain. One suggestion would be that it is a reference to the trial of Statius Albius Opianicus in 74 BC, a trial involving corruption and the bribing of a jury, argued by Cicero in one of his most famous orations, Pro Cluentio. Alternatively, both the Caucasian and Alban refer to the rocky, mountainous region east of the Black Sea (known anciently as Albania).



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