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IN STUDIOSUM CA-
ptum amore.

A scholar in the toils of love

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Immersus studiis dicundo & iure peritus
Et maximus libellio.
Heliodoran[1] amat, quantum nec Thracius unquam,
Princeps sororis pellicem.[2]
Pallada cur alio superasti iudice cyprim [=Cypri]
Num stat [=sat] sub ida est vincece [=vincere] ?[3][4]

This man immersed in learning, this expert in expounding the law, this great bookman, loves Heliadora more passionately than the Thracian king ever desired the woman whom he took in her sister’s place. - Cyprian goddess, why have you defeated Pallas again with another man as judge? Isn’t it enough to have conquered on the slopes of Ida?

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: Helianiran. ‘Heliodora’; cf. a poem written to her by Philodemus in Anthologia graeca 5.155.

2.  ‘the Thracian king’, a reference to the story of Tereus who lusted after his wife’s sister. See [A50a070] notes.

3.  sub Ida, ‘on the slopes of Ida’, a reference to the ‘judgement of Paris’, when Paris, a shepherd on Mount Ida in Asia Minor, was chosen to arbitrate in a contest of beauty and awarded the ‘apple of beauty’ or ‘discord’ to Venus (the Cyprian goddess), who thus defeated the other two contenders, Hera (the queen of the gods) and Pallas Athene (goddess of learning).

4.  In the emblem Qua Dii vocant eundum [A31a077], we also see Mercury with horns.


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EMBLEMA CXXVI.

Parem delinquentis & suasoris cul-
pam esse.

The one who urges wrongdoing is as guilty as the one who does the wrong

Praeconem lituo perflantem classica victrix
Captivum in tetro carcere turma tenet.
Queis ille excusat, quòd nec sit strenuus armis,
Ullius aut saevo laeserit ense latus.
Hinc illi, Quin ipse magis timidissime peccas,
Qui clangore alios aeris in arma cies.[1]

The victorious troop holds captive in a foul dungeon a herald, who sounds military commands on his trumpet. To them he makes his excuses - he is no strong fighting man and has wounded no one’s side with a cruel sword. They reply: You abject coward, you are in fact more guilty, for you with the sound of your trumpet stir up others to fight.

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Das CXXVI.

Es ist der Häler wie der Stäler.[2]

Dem sigenden hauffen in dhand
Kam und ward geworffen in die Band
Der Trommeter so in dem Feld
Sein Trommen und Posaun erschelt
Gen welchem er sich so entschüt
Das er gestritten habe nit
Noch niemand mit den Waffen sein
Beschedigt oder bracht ein pein:
Dem gabens wider diese sag
Drumb hastu mehr gsündigt du zag
Dann du mit deinr Trommeten schall
Die andern zum streit greitzt hast all.

Notes:

1.  This is a version of Aesop, Fables 325.

2.  This is a proverbial expression.


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