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Ficta religio.

False religion.

EMBLEMA VI.

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Regali residens meretrix pulcherrima sella,[1]
Purpureo insignem gestat honore peplum:
Omnibus & latices pleno cratere propinat:
At circum cubitans ebria turba iacet.
Sic Babylona notant: quae gentes illice forma,
Et ficta stolidas relligione capit.

A beauteous harlot reclining on a royal seat wears a robe resplendent with purple, the badge of honour. From a full bowl she passes round the cup of drink to all, and round about the drunken crowd sprawls in stupor. Thus they indicate Babylon, who with her alluring beauty takes in the doltish nations with false religion.

Notes:

1. See Revelation 17:3 ff., which has influenced the illustration.

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