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Prudentes.

The Wise.

VIII.

Iane bifrons, qui transacta futuraque calles,
Quique retro sannas sicut & antè vides, [1]
Tot te cur oculis, tot fingunt vultibus? an qụd
Circunspectum hominem forma fuisse docet?

Two-headed Janus, you know about what has already happened and what is yet to come, you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front. Why do they represent you with so many eyes, why with so many faces? Is it because this form tells us that you were a man of circumspection?

Notes:

1.  quique retro sannas, sicut et ante, vides, ‘you see the jeering faces behind just as you see them in front’, a line based on Persius, Satirae, 1.58-62.


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    In pudoris statuam.

    A statue of Modesty

    III.

    Penelope desponsa sequi cupiebat Ulyssem,
    Ni secum Icarius mallet habere pater.[1]
    Ille Ithacam, hic offert Spartem manet anxia virgo,
    Hinc pater, inde viri mutuus urget amor.
    Ergo sedens velat vultus, obnubit ocellos:
    Ista verecundi signa pudoris erant.
    Queis sibi praelatum Icarius cognovit Ulyssem,
    Hocque pudori aram schemate constituit.[2]

    When Penelope was betrothed, she wished to go with Ulysses, except that her father Icarius would have preferred to keep her with him. Ulysses offers Ithaca, her father Sparta. The girl is distressed: on opposite sides her father and the mutual love between her and her man make their claims on her. So she sits and covers her face, veils her eyes - those were the signs of seemly modesty. By them Icarius knew that Ulysses was preferred to himself, and he set up an altar to Modesty in this form.

    Notes:

    1.  Some editions give a variant reading, Ni secus Icarius ..., ‘except that ... Icarius would have preferred to have it otherwise’.

    2.  See Pausanias, Periegesis, 3.20.10, for this statue and the story behind it.


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