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NEC VERBO NEC FACTO
quenquam ledendum.

Injure no-one, either by word or deed.

Assequitur, Nemesisque virûm vestigia servat,
Continet & cubitun [=cubitum] , duraque frena manu.
Ne male quid facias, neve improba verba loquaris,
Et iubet in cunctis rebus adesse modum.[1]

Nemesis follows on and marks the tracks of men. In her hand she holds a measuring rod and harsh bridles. She bids you do nothing wrong, speak no wicked word, and commands that moderation be present in all things.

Notes:

1.  This epigram is based on Anthologia graeca 16.223-4.


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IN VICTORIAM DOLO
PARTAM.

On victory won by guile.

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Aiacis tumulum[1] ego perluo virtus,[2]
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[3],
Vincerer, & causa stet potiore dolus.[4]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

Notes:

1.  This neither makes sense nor scans without lacrimis, cf. other editions.

2.  The quotation marks at the beginning presumably signify that the verse is in the first person.

3.  The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, [A34a039].

4.  See Anthologia graeca 7.145.


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