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Louange non louable.

Oultre esperance avoit Antiochus,[1]
A peu de gens les Galathes vincuz:
Ses elephans par leur trompe ayant mis
Tous les chevaux à mort, des ennemis.
Parquoy paignant l’Elephant en trophée,
Nous estions mors (dit il à son armée)
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [K5r p153] Si ne nous heust saulvéz celle orde beste.
Victoire est bonne, & si n’est pas honneste.

Utilité bien souvent est preferée à hon-
nesteté, & le proffit à l’honneur, mesme
en fait de guerre, ou l’on ne regarde
sinon à obtenir victoire, soit par proues
se, ou par astuce, par vaillance, ou par machine.

Notes:

1.  For this incident, see Lucian, Zeuxis sive Antiochus 8-11. In 276 BC Antiochus I won against fearful odds by directing his sixteen elephants against the Galatian horsemen and scythed chariots. Not only did the horses turn in panic and cause chaos among their own infantry, but the elephants came on behind, tossing, goring and trampling. Although he had won an overwhelming victory, Antiochus did not consider it a matter for congratulation.


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In subitum terrorem.

Sudden terror

EMBLEMA CXXII.

Effuso cernens fugientes agmine turmas,
Quis mea nunc inflat cornua? Faunus[1] ait.

Seeing the squadrons fleeing, their line in disarray, ‘Who now’, said Faunus, ‘is sounding my trumpets?’

Notes:

1.  Faunus is here equated with Pan, the half-goat rustic god (see [A91a097]), accredited with the invention of the horn or military trumpet, and responsible for unexplained ‘panic’ terrors seizing man and beast, especially on the battle-field and in wild lonely places. See Erasmus, Adagia 2603, Panicus casus.


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