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IN ILLAUDATA LAU-
DANTES.

Praising the wrong things

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Ingentes Galatum semerini [=semermi] milite turmas,
Spem praeter trepidus fuderat Antiochus.[1]
Lucarum cum saeva boum vis,[2] ira proboscis,
Tum primum[3] hostiles corripuisset equos.
Ergo trophea locans Elephantis imagine pinxit,
Insuper & sociis occideramus ait.
Bellua servasset ni nos foedissima barrus,
Ut superasse iuvat, sic superasse pudet.

Antiochus, in spite of his fears, had beyond all expectation routed the huge squadrons of Galatians with his light-armed troops, when the savage might of elephants, their raging and their trunks, for the first time ever fell upon the enemy’s cavalry. So when he set up the trophy, he adorned it with the picture of an elephant and furthermore said to his troops: “We would have fallen, if this revolting beast, the elephant, had not preserved us. Pleasing as it is to conquer, it is galling to conquer like this”.

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.

2.  ‘Might of elephants’, lit. ‘might of Lucanian cattle’, supposedly so called by the Romans because they first saw these strange beasts in Lucania in south Italy, when King Pyrrhus of Epirus made use of them in his defeat of the Romans at the battle of Heraclea in 280 BC. See Pliny, Natural History 8.6.16.

3.  ‘For the first time ever’. The Galatians, Celtic tribes who had invaded Asia Minor, had never seen elephants before. Elephants had often been used in battle on other occasions.


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Non à toy mais à religion.

XXXV.

L’asne portoit d’un Sainct la chasse:
Et voyant chacun prosterner,
Cuide que ce pour luy se face:
Si pense ja tout gouverner,
Mais sur ce on le vint bastonner,
En luy parlant de telle sorte:
Sus Baudet, il faut pietonner:
Tu n’es pas Sainct, mais tu le porte.[1]

commentaires.

Lasne, paresseux animal & lourdaut, portoit sur son
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troyent, se mettoyent à genoux, & l’adoroyent avec
grand’ devotion. Mais ce maistre baudet se faisoit à
croire, que c’estoit luy qu’on saluoit, & à qui on fai-
soit honneur, dont il devenoit fier & arrogant tout
son saoul. Ce qu’appercevant l’asnier, apres l’avoir ba-
stonné à bon escient, luy dit, Tu n’es pas Dieu, baudet,
mais tu le portes. Cest asne a beaucoup de freres. Car
il se trouve une infinité de personnes, courtisans &
autres, lesquels sous ombre qu’ils sont au service de
grands personnages, ou pour quelque autre occasion,
qui toutesfois ne leur est pas inherente, deviennent
tant rogues & fiers, qu’on ne peut durer aupres
d’eux.

Notes:

1.  See Aesop, Fables 266; Erasmus, Adagia 1104, Asinus portans mysteria.


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