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FIDEI SYMBOLUM.

The symbol of good faith

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Stet depictus honor tyrio velatus amictu,
Eiusque iungat nuda dextram veritas.
Sitque amor in medio castus,[1] cui tempora circum,
Rosa it, Dyones pulchrior cupidine.[2]
Constituunt haec signa fidem, reverentia honoris,
Quam fovet, alit amor, parturitque veritas.

Let Honour stand depicted, clothed in a garment of Tyrian purple, and let naked Truth hold his right hand. Between them, let chaste Love be represented, his brow garlanded with roses, but fairer than Cupid, Dione’s boy. These images constitute good faith, which the reverence due to Honour fosters, Love feeds, Truth brings to birth.

Notes:

1. Amor...castus, ‘chaste love’ (Anteros), for which see [A31a072] and [A31a080].

2. ‘Dione’s boy’. Strictly Dione was the mother of Venus, but was often identified in poetry with Venus herself, the mother of Cupid.


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PAIX.

Beste portant tours de bois, dent d’ivoire,
Accoustume en guerre avoir victoire,
Est maintenant au collier L’elephant.
Et de Cesar traict le char triumphant,
Concorde es gens cognoist mesme la beste,
Et de la paix (armes laissant) faict feste.[1]

Cesar en son triumphe monta au Capitol avec qua-
rante Elephans portans chascun six hommes, avec
flambeaux ardens, & odorans, en signe de Paix acqui-
se par guerre. Car l’Elephant, est (ou ha est)
Beste guerroyable, par sa force, & adresse: & beste triumpha
le, & pacificque pour sa docile humanit.

Notes:

1. This is translated from Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.


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