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Che un dotto non dee biasimar l’altro.

A learned man should not reproach another.


Deh, perche Progne la Cicala, tanto
Crudel rapisci? Se pennuto uccello
Sei tu con l’ali, č anchor’ella altretanto.
Se canti sovra un tenero arboscello,
Et ella ingombra il cielo del suo canto.
Et č grato a chi l’ode e questo e quello.
Dunque lascia la preda, che non dei
Uccider cosa, a cui compagna sei.


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MULIERIS FAMAM NON
formam vulgatam esse
oportere.

A woman’s reputation, not her beauty, should be known to the world.

Alma Venus quae nam haec facies, quid denotat illa,
Testudo molli quam pede diva premis?
Me sic effinxit Phidias,[1] sexumque referri,
Foemineum nostra iussit ab effigie,
Quodque manere domi & tacitas decet esse puellas,
Supposuit pedibus talia signa meis.

Kindly Venus, what form is this, what does that tortoise mean, on which, o goddess, your soft feet rest? Phidias fashioned me like this. He intended the female sex to be represented by this image of me. Girls should stay at home and keep silence, and so he put such symbols under my feet.

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1.  Phidias’ statue of Aphrodite with one foot on a tortoise, set up at Elis, is mentioned by Pausanias, Periegesis 6.25.1. The tortoise is a symbol of ideal female domesticity, as it keeps silent and never leaves its house see Plutarch Coniugalia praecepta 32 (Mor. 142).


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