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ALIUS PECCAT ALIUS
plectitur.

One sins and another is punished

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Arripit ut lapidem catulus morsuque fatigat,
Nec percussori mutua damna facit.
Sic plaerique[1] sinunt veros elabier hosteis,
Et quos nulla gravat noxia dente petunt.[2]

A puppy seizes the stone and worries it with his teeth and does not bite back at the one who threw it. Even so, most people allow the true enemy to escape and bite those who carry no burden of guilt.

Notes:

1.  Textual variant: plerique.

2.  Cf. Aesop, Fables 235, where bees sting the wrong person. See Erasmus, Adagia 153, Cum larvis luctari, where the ‘puppy’ comparison is quoted from Aristotle (Rhetoric 3, 4). See also Plato, Republic 5.469E.


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Senex puellam amans.

An old man in love with a girl

Dum Sophocles (quamvis affecta aetate) puellam
A quaestu Archippen ad sua vota trahit,
Allicit & pretio, tulit aegrč insana iuventus
Ob zelum, & tali carmine utrunque notat.
Noctua ut tumulis, super utque cadavera bubo,
Talis apud Sophoclem nostra puella sedet.[1]

When Sophocles, in spite of his advanced years, induced the courtesan [Aganippe] to fulfil his desires, winning her over by the reward he offered, Archippus [her lover, the comic poet] was filled with indignation. Mad with jealousy, he lampooned both of them with this verse: As a night owl perches on a tomb, as an eagle owl on corpses, so my girl sits with Sophocles.

Notes:

1.  A story taken from Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, 13.592b. Sophocles is the great tragic poet, of whom several such tales were told. He made Aganippe the beneficiary under his will. But Alciato (and so his translators) confuse Aganippe (the courtesan) with Archippus (the comic poet).


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