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Potentissimus affectus amor.

Love, the all-powerful emotion

EMBLEMA CVI.

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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, 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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