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Pietas filiorum in parentes.

Honour from children towards parents


Per medios hosteis patriae cým 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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Pitie du filz au pere.


Aeneas de Troye s’en fuyoit,
Son pere sur son col portant:
Et a ses ennemys cryoit,
Messieurs souffres de moy atant,
Si ce vieillart allez batant,
Nul est qui proffit en espere:
Et si cours me allez permettant,
Gloire auray de saulver mon pere.


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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