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Turrigeris humeris, dentis quoque barrus eburni,
Qui superare ferox Martia bella solet,
Supposuit nunc colla iugo, stimulisque subactus,
Caesareos currus ad pia templa vehit.
Vel fera cognoscit concordes undique gentes,
Proiectisque armis munia pacis obit.[1]

The elephant, with its tower-bearing shoulders and ivory tusk, a beast accustomed to dominate the conflicts of Mars with savage ravings, has now submitted its neck to the yoke: subdued by goads, it draws Caesar’s chariot to the holy temples. Even the beast recognises nations reconciled on every side, and rejecting the weapons of war, it performs the duties of peace.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [M3r p181]



Was gschicht verandrung in der welt,
Vor zeiten dient ein Elephant
Allein zu krieg, und im den [=in dem] veld,
Jetz an des Kaysers wagen gespandt,
Dient er gar vil in andermm stand,
Einem getzaemptem roß geleich:
Als wer auch disem thier bekant,
Das frid ist in dem gantzen reich.


1.  This is translated from Anthologia graeca 9.285, which refers to an occasion under the Emperor Tiberius when the statue of the Deified Augustus was for the first time borne in procession in a chariot drawn by elephants.

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