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POTENTISSIMUS AFFECTUS
amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

Emblema 104.

Aspice ut invictus vires auriga leonis,
Expressus gemma pusio vincat Amor.
Utque manu hac scuticam tenet, hac ut flectit habenas,
Utque est in pueri plurimus ore decor.
Dira lues procul esto: feram qui vincere talem
Est potis, ą nobis temperet anne manus?[1]

Look - here’s Love the lad, carved on a gem. He rides triumphant in his chariot and subdues the lion’s might. In one hand he holds a lash, with the other he guides the reins, and on his countenance rests the loveliness of youth. - Dread pestilence keep far away. Would one who has the power to conquer such a beast keep his hands from us?

Notes:

1.  This is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.221, an epigram about a seal carved with a representation of Eros driving a chariot drawn by lions.


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POTENTIA AMORIS.

The power of Love

Emblema 105.

Nudus Amor viden ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat, habet:[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet ut terrae iura det, atque mari.[2]

Do you see how Love, all naked, smiles, do you see his gentle glance? He has no torches, nor a bow to bend, but in one of his hands he holds flowers, in the other a fish, to impose his rule, of course, on land and sea.

Notes:

1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [A15a108] and [A15a112].

2.  Variant reading, Scilicet et terrae iura dat ..., ‘to be sure he imposes his rule both on land ...’.


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  • 'Terra', 'Carro della terra' (Ripa) [21B0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Acqua', 'Carro dell'acqua' (Ripa) [21D0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generositą dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtł del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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