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Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q3v p246]

Vino prudentiam augeri.[1]

Wisdom increased by wine.


Haec Bacchus pater, & Pallas communiter ambo
Templa tenent, soboles utraque vera Iovis.
Haec caput, ille femur solvit, huic usus Olivi
Debitus: invenit primus at ille merum.
Iunguntur meritò, quòd si qui abstemius odit
Vina, deae nullum sentiet auxilium.[2]

This temple Father Bacchus and Pallas both possess in common, each of them the true off-spring of Jove: she split Jove’s head, he his thigh. To her we owe the use of the olive; but he first discovered wine. They are rightly joined together, because if anyone in abstinence hates wine, he will know no help from the goddess.

Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q4r p247]

Le vin augmente la sagesse.


Bacchus & Pallas frere & seur,
Ensemble on a sur l’autel mis.
Enfans divins sont, il est seur,
Et en tout temps parfaictz amys.
Bacchus a fort boire est submis,
Pallas s’est aux scavoirs donnée.
Mais elle n’a point d’aide promis
A ceulx qui hayent la vinée.


1.  This emblem uses material from Anthologia Graeca, 16.183, concerning a statue of Bacchus beside one of Pallas Athene.

2.  For the birth of Pallas Athene from the head of Jove and of Bacchus from his thigh, see emblems 1 ([A42a001]), and 67 ([A42a067]). Pallas is the virgin goddess, patroness of intellectual pursuits, who presented Athens with the gift of the olive tree. Bacchus discovered the vine during his wanderings about the earth and taught men its use. He also introduced various other features of civilisation.

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