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Vino prudentiam augeri.[1]

Wisdom increased by wine.

Haec Bacchus pater, & Pallas communiter ambo
Templa tenent[2], soboles utraque vera Iovis:
Haec caput ille femur solvit: huic usus olivi[3]
Debitus, invenit primus at ille merum.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E8r f27r]Iunguntur meritò: quòd si qui abstemius odit
Vina, Deae nullum sentiet auxilium.[4]

This temple Father Bacchus and Pallas both possess in common, each of them the true off-spring of Jove: she split Jove’s head, he his thigh. To her we owe the use of the olive; but he first discovered wine. They are rightly joined together, because if anyone in abstinence hates wine, he will know no help from the goddess.


Mit dem Wein wirt der verstandt

In dieser Kirchen wonen beid
Bacchus und Minerva die Meid
Beide deß obersten Gotts Kind
Jovis von im gezeuget sind
Die lößt den Kopff, der löst die Teich
Von ir kompt her die ölgab reich
Er aber erst erfunden hat
Den Wein und was dem Wein zustat
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [E8v f27v] Sie werden zsammen billich geint
Dann dieser so dem Wein ist feindt
Spüret wenig hülff und beystandt
Von der Göttin Minerve Handt.


1.  This emblem uses material from Anthologia Graeca, 16.183, concerning a statue of Bacchus beside one of Pallas Athene.

2.  Corrected from the errata.

3.  The errata suggest ‘olivae’, but this reading is not supported in other editions.

4.  For the birth of Pallas Athene from the head of Jove and of Bacchus from his thigh, see emblems 1 ([A67a001]), and 156 ([A67a156]). Pallas is the virgin goddess, patroness of intellectual pursuits, who presented Athens with the gift of the olive tree. Bacchus discovered the vine during his wanderings about the earth and taught men its use. He also introduced various other features of civilisation.

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