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IN EUM QUI TRUCULENTIA
suorum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people.

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Delphinum invitum me in littora compulit estus,
Exemplum infido quanta pericla mari.
Nam si nec propriis Neptunus parcit alumnis,
Quis tutos homines, navibus esse putet?[1]

I am a dolphin whom the tide drove ashore against my will, an example showing what great dangers there are in the treacherous sea. For if Neptune does not spare even his own nurslings, who can think that men are safe in ships?

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1. This is based on Anthologia graeca 7.216 (two lines omitted).


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PIETAS FILIORUM IN
parentes.

Honour from children towards parents

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Per medios hostes patriae cum ferret ab igne,
Aeneas humeris dulce parentis onus.
Parcite dicebat, vobis sene adorea rapto,
Nulla erit, erepto sed patre summa mihi.[1]

When Aeneas was carrying the dear burden of his father on his shoulders through the midst of the enemy, out of the flames destroying his homeland, he kept saying: Spare us. Carrying off an old man will bring you no glory; but carrying my father to safety will be the greatest glory for me.

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1. This is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.


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