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Virtutis Fortuna comes.

Fortune a companion of Virtue

Les peintres, cuidans gratifier ou flater Timothee,  [M]
Duc d’Athenes
,[1] ŕ cause de sa richesse & pouvoir, pein
gnirent son efigie dormant: & aupres d’icelle, Fortune,
qui lui presentoit des Viles encloses dens des retz, ou fi-
lez. Dont toutefois ledit Timothee fut marri, voyant
qu’ainsi ils atribuoient plustot sa felicité ŕ Fortune,
qu’ŕ Vertu. Plutarque dit que c’estoient ses ennemis, qui lui  [M]
figuroient telle peinture.

[Marginalia - link to text]Suidas.

[Marginalia - link to text]Plutarque.

Notes:

1.  Timotheus, Athenian general and restorer of the walls of the city (4th century BC). Here ‘Duc’ must have its older sense, that of a military leader (from Latin duco, ‘I lead’), rather than a hereditary title. Cf. Coustau, ‘In Statuam Timothei Athaeni - Cum in omnibus rebus, tum maxime in re militari plurimům Fortuna potest’ ([FCPb100]).



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