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Adversus naturam pec-
cantes.[1]

Those sinning against nature.

XLVIII.

Turpe quidem factu. sed & est res improba dictu, [2]
Excipiat si quis choenice ventris onus.
Mensuram legisque modum hoc excedere sanctae est,
Quale sit incesto pollui adulterio.[3]

It is certainly foul as a deed but also a wicked thing to speak of, if someone were to empty the burden of his bowels into a bushel-box. This means exceeding the measure and limit of divine law as it would be defiled by impure adultery.

Notes:

1.  With thanks to the commentary supplied on the Memorial website.

2.  In the 1621 version, factu and dictu are swapped round.

3.  This emblem is omitted in most editions.


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    Respublica liberata.

    The republic restored to freedom

    XLVII.

    Caesaris exitio ceu libertate recepta.
    Haec ducibus Brutis cusa moneta fuit.
    Ensiculi in primis, queis pileus insuper adstat,
    Qualem missa manu servitia accipiunt.[1]

    When Caesar had been destroyed, as a sign of liberty regained, this coin was struck by the leaders, Brutus and his brother. In chief are daggers, beside which there also stands a cap, such as slaves receive when set free.

    Notes:

    1.  Julius Caesar, who had become in effect the sole ruler of Rome, was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC by Marcus and Decimus Brutus, Cassius and other conspirators. Alciato describes the well-known coin-type celebrating the restoration of republican government issued by Brutus after the murder. This bears the legend EID.MAR. (The Ides of March) across the lower section; above this, occupying the upper two thirds of the coin face, are two upright daggers with a cap of liberty between. Alciato had presumably seen or owned such a coin. He wrote a short treatise on ancient coins.


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