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EMBLEMA CLXXVIII [=177] .

Maledicentia.

Evil speaking

Archilochi[1] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[2] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Das CLXXVIII [=177] .

Ubelreden.

Es solln auffs Archilochs Grabstein
Wie man sagt Wespen ghauwen seyn
Sie seind ein gwi zeichn und urkundt
Eins bsen Mauls und herben Mundt.

Notes:

1. Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).

2. ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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    Mesdisance.

    LXVII.

    D’Archiloque[1] au tumbeau la guespe est engravee,
    Pour monstrer que sa langue estoit envenimee.

    Commentaires.

    Archiloque fut si picquant & mordant en sa
    posie, que par ses poignants jambes il contraignit
    Lycambe, son beau pere, de s’aller estrangler. De l
    est venu qu’on a appel Archiloques tous ceux qui
    ont escrit d’un stile ainsi venimeux. Les guespes sont
    engravees sur son tumbeau, non seulement pource
    qu’elles sont enroues & mordantes, mais aussi pour-
    ce que d’elles on ne tire ny plaisir ny proffit.

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    1. Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).


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      • grave, tomb [4.20E+32] Search | Browse Iconclass
      • Calumny, Detraction; 'Biasimo vitioso', 'Calunnia', 'Detrattione', 'Maledicenza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [57BB25(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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