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In victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.

Aiacis tumulum lacrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[1]
Vincerer, & caussa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

Notes:

1. The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, [A34b038].

2. See Anthologia graeca 7.145.


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Prudens, magis qum
loquax.

Wise head, close mouth.

Noctua Cecropiis[1] insignia praestat Athenis,
Inter aves sani Noctua consilii.
Armiferae merit obsequiis sacrata Minervae est,
Garrula quo cornix cesserat ant loco.[2]

The owl provides the symbol for Athens, Cecrops’ city, for among the birds the owl is known for wise counsel. Deservedly was it dedicated to the service of weapon-bearing Minerva, in the place vacated by the chattering crow.

Notes:

1. Cecrops was a legendary wise early king of Athens, a city renowned as a place of learning. See above, Emblem 5 ([A51a005]), line 7.

2. garrula quo cornix cesserat, ‘vacated by the chattering crow’. The crow was dismissed from Athena’s service for telling tales, and was replaced by the owl. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.562-5. This story is represented in Aneau, ‘Periculum in terra, periculum in mari’ ([FANa029]).


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