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Que no se de descubrir el secreto.

Ottava rhima.

Traxo esculpido el gran pueblo de Marte [M]
En sus banderas[1] (como consejero)
A el monstro que enerr con subtil arte [M]
En Laberintho el noble carpintero.[2]
Por declarar que no ha de aver mas parte
De descubrirse, el capitan guerrero,
Que el Laberintho tuvo de salida
Por que la astuia daa si es sabida.[3]

[Marginalia - link to text]Roma.

[Marginalia - link to text]Minautoro. Daedalo.


1. 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.

2. ‘The monster that the noble carpenter 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.

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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