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Furor, & rabies.

Fury and madness

Ora gerit clypeus rabiosi picta leonis,
Et scriptum in summo margine carmen habet:
Hic hominum est terror, cuius possessor Atrida
Talia magnanimus signa Agamemno tulit.[1]

The shield bears the painted face of a raging lion, and inscribed upon the upper margin has a verse: ‘This is the terror of men, and the son of Atreus is its possessor’. Haughty Agamemnon bore this symbolic figure.

Notes:

1.  This poem is based on Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.19.4. For the ‘raging lion’. Cf. Emblem 70,‘Ira’ ([A46a070]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.


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Fureur & rage.

XLIX.

Ce bouclier un lion porte plein de fureur,
Le lion, lequel est des humains la terreur:
De ce bouclier estoit Agamemnon le maistre,
Le plus fort & vaillant qu’aucun autre eust peu estre.[1]

Commentaires.

Anciennement la plus part des Princes & grands
Seigneurs, ne chargeoyent leurs armoiries de chose
qui ressentist sa superbe ou cruauté: mais l’expedition
de Godefroy de Bouillon en la terre saincte, remplit
les armoiries des Rois & Princes d’Aigles, de Gry-
phons, de Lions, & autres furieux animaux. Le Roy
de France presque seul entre tous retint ses blanches
fleurdelis. Mais, helas! & jadis, & de nostre siecle,
plusieurs Seigneurs font sentir & experimenter à
leurs peuples la tyrannie & cruauté des animaux
qu’ils portent en leurs armoiries. Peu, ou peut estre,
pas un, n’aspire à acquerir le surnom d’Aristide. Le
bouclier d’Agamemnon a demeuré quelque temps
pendu au temple Olympique.

Notes:

1.  This poem is based on Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.19.4. For the ‘raging lion’. Cf. Emblem 63,‘Ira’ ([FALc063]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.


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