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IMPUDENTIA.

Effrontery

Emblema. 68.

Pube tenus mulier, succincta latrantibus infra
Monstrorum catulis Scylla biformis erat.[1]
Monstra putantur avarities, audacia, raptus:
At Scylla est, nullus cui sit in ore pudor.

As far as the hips a woman, with barking monster-pups below, Scylla was two-shaped. The monsters are interpreted as avarice, audacity, plunder. But anyone whose face knows no shame is a Scylla.

Notes:

1.  For Scylla’s half-transformation into barking dogs, see Ovid, Metamorphoses, 14.51ff.


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