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Etiam ferocissimos domari.

Even the fiercest are tamed.

Romanum postquàm eloquium, Cicerone perempto,
Perdiderat[1] patriae pestis acerba suae:
Incendit [=Inscendit] currus victor, iunxitque leones[2],
Compulit & durum colla subire iugum,
Magnanimos cessisse suis Antonius armis,
Ambage hac cupiens significare duces.

After Antony, that grievous bane of his country, had destroyed eloquence by slaying Cicero, he mounted his chariot in triumph and yoked to it lions, forcing their necks to bow to the harsh yoke, desiring by this symbolic act to indicate that great leaders had given way before his military might.


Man kan auch die aller frechsten zemen
und baschgen .[3]

Nach dem jetz hett verloren Rom
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M6v f81v] Den Edlen wolberedten Mann
Ciceronem, so war umbbracht
Dem Vatterland zu grosser schmach
Satzt sich auff einen Wagen stoltz
Antonius der volle Boltz
Den zogen zwen wild Löwen groß
Als werens darzu gwente Roß
Damit gab er ja zuverstehn
Das nach seinem willen thet gehn
Dann er also seim Feind obsigt
Die grossen Fürsten undertrückt.


1.  ‘had destroyed eloquence by slaying Cicero’. Cicero was considered Rome’s greatest orator - his name was held by many to be synonymous with eloquence itself; see Quintilian, Institutio oratoria 10.1.112. Mark Antony had Cicero murdered in 43 BC in revenge for his scathing attacks in the fourteen ‘Philippic’ orations. See Seneca the Elder, Suasoriae 6.17.

2.  Cf. Pliny, Natural History 8.21.55: Antony was the first to yoke lions to a chariot in this unnatural sight giving people to understand that noble spirits were at that time bowing to the yoke.

3.  The German in certain parts of this emblem is particularly puzzling.

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  • Eloquence; 'Eloquenza', 'Fermezza & Gravità dell'Oratione' (Ripa) [52D3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Authority, Power; 'Dominio', 'Giurisdittione' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [53C11(+4):54F2(+2)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Vehemence, Violence, Fierceness; 'Sforza con Inganno', 'Violenza' (Ripa) [54AA4] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • death of Cicero: he is slain by soldiers at the order of the triumvirs [98B(CICERO)68] Search | Browse Iconclass

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