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Pietas filiorum in parentes.

Honour from children towards parents

Per medios hosteis patriae, c¨m ferret ab igne,
Aeneas humeris dulce parentis onus.
Parcite (dicebat) vobis sene adorea rapto
Nulla erit: erepto sed patre summa mihi.[1]

When Aeneas was carrying the dear burden of his father on his shoulders through the midst of the enemy, out of the flames destroying his homeland, he kept saying: Spare us. Carrying off an old man will bring you no glory; but carrying my father to safety will be the greatest glory for me.


1. áThis is based on Anthologia graeca 9.163, a much translated epigram. It refers to the celebrated incident of Aeneas’ rescue of his old father at the sack of Troy, carrying him on his shoulders through the occupied and burning city. See Vergil, Aeneid 2.634ff.

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