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Maledicentia.[1]

Evil speaking

Archilochi[2] tumulo insculptas de marmore vespas
Esse ferunt,[3] linguae certa sigilla malae.

They say that on the tomb of Archilochus wasps were carved in marble, sure figures of an evil tongue.

Notes:

1. It is to be noted that in this edition, Maledicentia and Contra are treated as one emblem whereas in other editions Contra is treated as an emblem in its own right called Principis Clementia.

2. Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).

3. ferunt, ‘they say’: words suggested by Anthologia Graeca, 7.71, an epigram concerning the tomb of Archilochus.


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    Mesdisance.

    Sur le tombeau d’Archiloc,[1] Guespes sont,
    Qui signe vray de malle bouche font.

    Archiloc, Pote Graec Iambic, en ses escriptz arm
    de mesdisance, represenre tous hommes mesdisans
    de parolle, ou d’escript, au reste bien faire inutil-
    les, telles que sont les Guespes, qui en grand bruit
    murmurantes, picquent tresaigrement, & ne font
    miel, ne cire.

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    1. Archilochus was an eighth-century BC poet, author of much (now fragmentary) verse, including satire. This last was considered in antiquity to be excessively abusive and violent. See Horace, Ars Poetica, 79; also Erasmus, Adagia, 60 (Irritare crabrones).


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