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Concordia insuperabilis.

Concord is insuperable

XVIII.

Tergeminos inter fuerat concordia fratres,
Tanta simul pietas mutua, & unus amor:
Invicti humanis ut viribus ampla tenerent
Regna, uno dicti nomine Geryonis.[1]

There was concord between triplet brothers, such mutual care, one love between them all; and so, unconquerable by human force, they held wide realms and were called by the one name of Geryones.

Notes:

1.  This is a rationalisation of Geryones, the unconquerable giant with three heads or three bodies, who dwelt on the island Erytheia of the mythic Hesperides, eventually vanquished and killed by Hercules during his abduction of Geryones’ famous cattle. See Emblem 225 ([A56a225]).


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    La renommee des preux est immor-
    telle.

    XVII.

    D’Achille le tumbeau au Sigé promontoire,[1]
    Si souvent visité par la blanche Thetis,[2]
    D’amaranthe est couvert tousjours verd & exquis:[3]
    Car jamais des Heros ne se flestrit la gloire.
    Il fut rempar aux Grecs, à Hector mort amere:
    Homere autant luy doit, comme il doit à Homere.[4]

    Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3v p182]

    Commentaires.

    L’inscription de cest embleme luy sert de commen-
    taire. Amaranthe est une herbe qui ne flestrit jamais.
    C’est pourquoy on ne revestit les sepulchres des preux
    & vaillans Capitaines. Thetis est tousjours en l’eau.
    Et pource on la surnomme blanche, & aux pieds
    blancs. Achille doit beaucoup à Homere, pource qu’il
    l’a immortalisé par sa docte poësie: Mais Homere ne
    doit pas peu à Achille, puis qu’il l’a fourni de si digne
    subject & argument pour pouvoir desployer les thre-
    sors de son eloquence.

    Notes:

    1.  ‘Aeacus’ descendant’, i.e. Achilles, the greatest warrior on the Greek side in the Trojan War. Rhoeteum was a promontory on the Trojan coast (though normally associated with the tomb of Ajax).

    2.  Thetis, a sea-nymph, mother of Achilles, called ‘silver-footed’ by Homer.

    3.  amaranthe: the name of the plant means ‘never-fading’. See Pliny, Natural History, 21.23.47.

    4.  Homer, who told in the Iliad the famous story of Achilles’ wrath and refusal to fight during the Trojan War, and of his eventual slaying of Hector, the chief warrior on the Trojan side. (For which see [FALd057]). For the sentiment that great deeds need to be sung in order not to be forgotten, see Horace, Odes, 4.8.20ff; and that great literature needs great themes, see Tacitus, Dialogus de oratoribus, 37.


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