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Captivus ob gulam.

Caught by greed

EMBLEMA XCIIII.

Regnatorque penus, mensaeque arrosor herilis
Ostrea mus summis vidit hiulca labris.
Queis teneram apponens barbam, falsa ossa momordit:
Ast ea clauserunt tacta repentè domum.
Deprensum & tetro tenuerunt carcere furem,
Semet in obscurum qui dederat tumulum.[1]

A mouse, king of the pantry, nibbler at the master’s table, saw oysters with their shells just slightly open. Applying his sensitive whiskers, he nibbled the deceptive bone. But the oysters, when touched, suddenly slammed shut their house and held the thief, caught red-handed, in a noisome prison, a thief who had put himself into a lightless tomb.

Notes:

1.  This poem is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.86.


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EMBLEMA CLXIX [=168] .

In sordidos.

Disgusting people

Quae rostro (clystere velut) sibi proluit alvum
Ibis, Niliacis cognita littoribus,[1]
Transiit opprobrii in nomen: quo Publius hostem
Naso suum appellat, Battiadesque suum.[2]

The ibis, a bird familiar on the banks of the Nile, washes out its bowels using its beak like a syringe. ‘Ibis’ has become a term of insult. Publius Naso [Ovid] called his enemy Ibis; and the inhabitant of Battus’ town did the same.

Das CLXIX [=168] .

Wider die Garstigen.

Der Vogel Ibis so bekannt
Ist am Nil in Egyptenlandt
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q2r f109r] Der sich mit seim Schnabel clystiert
Und auß seim Leib den unflat führt
Deß Nam ist worden zu einr schmach
Dann also nennt sein Feind darnach
Der Poet Publius Naso
Auch Batiades sein also.

Notes:

1.  For this information about the ibis, see Aelian, De natura animalium, 2.35; Cicero, De natura deorum, 2.126; Pliny, Natural History, 8.41.97.

2.  Battiades, ‘the inhabitant of Battus’ town’, i.e. the poet Callimachus, a native of Cyrene, a town founded by Battus. Ovid refers to Callimachus’ invective (not now extant) in his own poem Ibis, 53ff.


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    • enema, squirt (+ variant) [49G331(+0)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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    • Insult; 'Ingiuria', 'Offesa' (Ripa) [57BB22] Search | Browse Iconclass
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