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Cherephon.

XCI.

D’une chauvesouris Cherephon print le nom:
Car pour estudier il veilloit sans cesser.
Sa face s’enfuma, sa voix vint crisser,
Parquoy tresjustement il acquit tel surnom.[1]

Commentaires.

Cerephon Athenien, disciple de Socrates, s’opi-
niastra tellement estudier, qu’estant estrangement
affoibli par ses veilles nocturnes, il en devint pasle &
maigre extremement: si que par gausserie on l’appe-
loit choutte ou chauvesouris. S’appliquer sans cesse
l’estude des arts liberaux, fait devenir maigre: La
maigreur sans doute, diminue la voix: la suye des
lampes rend la face noire & enfumee.

Notes:

1. Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.


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    Vespertilio.

    The bat

    EMBLEMA LXI.

    Assumpsisse suum volucri ex Mineide nomen,[1]
    Socraticum auctores Chaerephoonta ferunt.[2]
    Fusca viro facies, & stridens vocula, tali
    Hunc hominem potuit commaculare nota.

    Writers tell us that Chaerephon, Socrates’ follower, got his particular name from the winged daughter of Minyas. It was his sallow complexion and squeaky little voice that gave rise to such a slur to sully his reputation.

    Notes:

    1. For the transformation of the daughters of Minyas (the founder of the earliest race of Greeks) into bats - for refusing to worship Dionysus - see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 4.389ff.

    2. Chaerophon, a distinguished disciple of Socrates, was nick-named ‘The Bat’ and ‘Boxwood’ for his pale complexion and poor health, supposedly brought on by excessive study. See Aristophanes, Aves, 1564; Philostratus, Vitae sophistarum, 1.482.


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