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Sottie.

APOSTROPHE.

T’esbahiz tu, si Ote je te nomme,
Quoy que tu sois des Otons extraict homme?
Ote oyseau ha d’oreille, & plume autant
Qu’une Chouete:[1] & est prinse en saultant:
Les folz aiséz à prendre.[2] Otes on dict.
Pren doncque ce nom pour toy, car il te duyct.

Cest Embleme ne vient pas proprement
au Francois: comme au Latin, pour ne
pouvoir rendre une certaine allusion des
noms Latins, aulxquelz les Francois ne
peuvent correspondre. Mais en somme il
signifie que à ung sot, nom sot est con-
venable.

Notes:

1.  See Pliny, Natural History, 11.50.137: only the eagle-owl and the long-eared owl have feathers like ears (the little owl - chouette - does not in fact have ear-tufts).

2.  See Pliny, Natural History, 10.33.68: ‘The otus is an imitator of other birds and a hanger-on, performing a kind of dance; like the little owl, it is easily caught, when its attention is fixed on one person while another person circles round it’. See also Plutarch, Moralia, Bruta animalia ratione uti, 951E.


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    ORGUEIL.

    Marbre de Marbre,[1] & Image d’Image
    Est Niobé: qui aux Dieux se parage.[2]
    Vice de femme est Orgueil: Qui figure
    Dureté de sens, comme la pierre dure.

    La Royne Niobé de Thebes fut muée en pierre
    dure pour son orgueil. Qui signifie que les communs
    vices des femmes sont Orgueil, Tyrannie, impito-
    yable durté, faulte de sens, comme une pierre.

    Notes:

    1.  According to the best-known story of her fate, Niobe was turned to stone. For the statue of Niobe by Praxiteles, see Ausonius, Epigrams, 63.2 and Anthologia Graeca, 16.130, a much translated epigram, which seems to have been in Alciato’s thoughts here.

    2.  Niobe in her pride boasted that having 12 (or 14) children, she was superior to Lato with just two, i.e. Apollo and Diana. These gods in revenge slew all her children and in her grief Niobe hardened into a rock; see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 6.165ff. See further, Erasmus, Adagia, 2233, ‘Niobes mala’.


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