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Inanis impetus.

Antagonism that achieves nothing

Lunarem noctu (ut speculum[1] canis inspicit orbem:
Seque videns, altum credit inesse canem,
Et latrat: sed frustra agitur vox irrita ventis,
Et peragit cursas [=cursus] surda Diana suos.[2]

A dog at night is looking into the moon’s disk as into a mirror and seeing himself, thinks there is a dog up there; and he barks - but the sound is carried away, ineffectual, on the winds. Diana, unhearing, pursues her course.

Notes:

1. For the theory of the moon’s disk as a mirror reflecting things on earth, see Plutarch, De facie in orbe lunae, Moralia, 920ff.

2. Diana is of course goddess of the moon.


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In eum qui truculentia suo-
rum perierit.

On one who perished through the savagery of his own people

prosopopeia.

Things given speech.

Delphinem invitum me in littora compulit aestus,
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?

Notes:

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


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