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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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Non vulganda consilia.

Keep counsels secret

Emblema xii.

Limine quod caeco, obscura & caligine monstrum[1],
Gnosiacis clausit Daedalus in latebris,
Depictum Romana phalanx in proelia gestat,
Semivirque nitent signa superba[2] bove.
Nsque monent, debere Ducum secreta[3] latre
Consilia. auctori cognita techna nocet.

The monster that Daedalus imprisoned in its Cretan lair, with hidden entrance and obscuring darkness, the Roman phalanx carries painted into battle; the proud standards flash with the half-man bull. These remind us that the secret plans of leaders must stay hid. A ruse once known brings harm to its author.

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SCribit Festus Pompeius, Minotauri effigiem in-
ter signa militaria Romanis ideo fuisse, qud
non minus occulta esse debeant consilia Princi-
pum, qum fuerit olim domicilium Minotauri la-
byrinthus
: dque vel maxim in bellicis expedi-
tionibus debet observari. Ut enim permultum ha-
bet momenti ad victoriam taciturnitas, ita saepe in-
gentes affert calamitates linguae intemperantia.

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QU’IL NE FAUT REVE-
ler les secrets des grans.

ES guerres des Romains c’estoit un ordinaire,
Pour devise, porter Minotaure en banniere:
Monstre cach dedans un fort obscur manoir,
Moiti-beuf, moiti-homme, en labyrinthe noir.
Cecy en sens couvert donne assez cognoistre
Que le conseil des grans, mesme en guerre, doit estre
Tenu bien fort secret, & en rien decel:
“Car tel est bien puni pour l’avoir revel.

FEstus Pompeius nous a laiss par escrit,
que l’effigie du Minotaure estoit veu
entre les estendars & enseignes de guerres
des Romains, pour montrer que les secrets des
Princes ne doivent estre moins tenus secrets
qu’anciennement fut le labyrinthe, o estoit
detenu le Minotaure: ce que doit estre sur
tout observ s affaires de guerre. Car com-
me il sert de beaucoup la victoire d’avoir
bonne bouche & ne dire mot; aussi le babil
quelquefois apporte de grandes pertes &
dommages.

Notes:

1. ‘The monster that Daedalus imprisoned’, i.e. the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull monster kept in the famous Labyrinth at Knossos, which Daedalus, the Athenian master-craftsman, constructed for King Minos.

2. According to Pliny, Natural History 10.5.16, before the second consulship of Marius (104 BC) Roman standards bore variously eagles, wolves, minotaurs, horses and boars. Marius made the eagle universal.

3. Cf. Festus, De verborum significatu (135 Lindsay): the Minotaur appears among the military standards, because the plans of leaders should be no less concealed than was the Minotaur’s lair, the Labyrinth.


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