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IN EOS QUI SUPRA VIRES
quicquam audent.

Those who venture on what is beyond their powers.

Emblema 58.

Dum dormit, dulci recreat dum corpora somno
Sub picea, & clavam, caeteraque arma tenet.
Alciden Pygmaea manus[1] prosternere letho
Posse putat, vires non bene docta suas.
Excitus ipse, velut pulices, sic proterit hostem,
Et saevi implicitum pelle leonis[2] agit.

While Alceus’ descendant was sleeping, while he was refreshing his body with gentle slumber, beneath a spruce tree, keeping hold of his club and other weapons, a band of pygmies thought they could lay him low in death, not really grasping the limit of their powers. But he, waking up, crushed the foe like fleas, and carried them off, wrapped up in the fierce lion’s skin.

Notes:

1.  Hercules’ confrontation with the pygmies is described by Philostratus, Eikones 2.22.

2.  ‘the fierce lion’s skin’, the skin of the Nemean lion which Hercules always wore after slaying the beast. (See [A15a136], notes; [A15a179]).


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FUROR, ET RABIES.

Fury and madness

Emblema. 57.

Ora gerit clypeus rabiosi picta leonis,
Et scriptum in summo margine carmen habet.
Hic hominum est terror, cuius possessor Atrida:
Talia magnanimus signa Agamenno tulit.[1]

The shield bears the painted face of a raging lion, and inscribed upon the upper margin has a verse: ‘This is the terror of men, and the son of Atreus is its possessor’. Haughty Agamemnon bore this symbolic figure.

Notes:

1.  This poem is based on Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.19.4. For the ‘raging lion’, cf. Emblem 63,‘Ira’ ([A15a063]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.


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