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Superbia.

Pride

LXII.

En statuae statua,[1] & ductum de marmore marmor
Se conferre deis ausa procax Niobe. [2]
Est vitium muliebre superbia, & arguit oris
Duritiem, ac sensus, qualis inest lapidi.

Behold a statue of a statue, marble carved from marble, insolent Niobe, who dared to set herself up against the gods. Pride is a woman’s vice, and shows hardness of face and feeling, such as exists in a stone.

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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    EMBLEMA CXVII.

    In receptatores sicariorum.

    Those who harbour cut-throats

    Latronum furumque manus tibi saeva[1] per urbem
    It comes: & diris cincta cohors gladiis.
    Atque ita te mentis generosum prodige censes,
    Quod tua complures allicit olla malos,
    En novus Actaeon, qui postquàm cornua sumpsit,
    In praedam canibus se dedit ipse suis.[2]

    A fierce band of ruffians and thieves accompanies you about the city, a gang of supporters armed with lethal swords. And so, you wastrel, you consider yourself a fine lordly fellow because your cooking pot draws in crowds of scoundrels. - Here’s a fresh Actaeon - he, after he grew his horns, became the prey of his own hunting dogs.

    Das CXVII.

    Wider die so sich zu der Landsknecht und
    Buben Rott gesellen.

    Dich Lurtsch, So du gehst durch dstat
    Volget dir nach ein hauffen drat
    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M2v f77v] Der frechen und verwegnen Knecht
    Mit gwerter hand ein unnütz Gschlecht
    Und meinst also seystdu alsdann
    Dester Edler im Gschlecht und Stamm
    Dieweil du hast an dich gehengt
    Ein Gottloß Rott, durch miet und schenck
    Sich an ein neuwen Actean
    Welcher da er die Hörner gewan
    Wurd er von seinen eigen Wind [=Hind]
    Zerrissen und gefressen gschwind.

    Notes:

    1.  Other editions read scaeva, ‘evil-minded’. The capital letter in some editions suggests that the Latin word could be taken as a proper name in the vocative case, i.e addressing one Scaeva.

    2.  For the story of Actaeon turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 3.138ff. Similarly, the hangers-on will destroy the one who has fed them.


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