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Pectus in Atride[1] dum ferrum strinxit Achilles,
Continuit subitam docta Minerva manum:
Cur hoc? Nempe decet fortem qui caetera vincit,
Affectus proprios perdomuisse virum.

As Achilles draws his weapon, to plunge it into the breast of Atrides, wise Minerva restrains him with a sudden hand. Why? Because, clearly, it is right that a brave man who conquers everything else should tame his own emotions.

quatrain.

PallasarresteAchillés, qu’il ne tue
Agamenon des Grecz le puissant Roy:
Comme le sage à vaincre s’esvertue
Ses folzdesirs, pour fuyrdésarroy.

Notes:

1.  Atrides: Agamemnon (son of Atreus). The scene depicted is in the first book of the Iliad, and has frequently been the subject of this kind of allegorical reading.


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