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In victoriam dolo partam.

On victory won by guile.


Aiacis tumulum lachrymis ego perluo virtus,
Heu misera albentes dilacerata comas.
Scilicet hoc restabat adhuc, ut iudice graeco[1]
Vincerer, & caussa stet potiore dolus.[2]

I, Virtue, bedew with tears the tomb of Ajax, tearing, alas, in my grief my whitening hairs. This was all it needed - that I should be worsted with a Greek as judge, and that guile should appear to have the better cause.

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Syg mit betrug erobert.


Auff des helden Ajacis grab
Ich tugend sitz, und das bewayn,
Auch mein weys har zerrissen hab:
Was denckst du das ich damit mayn?
Es ist mein klag, das tugend rayn
Ist wider recht yrs lons entsoetzt
Durch kunstlich gschwetz, ist noch gemayn,
Und kumbt doch als ann tag zu loetzt.


1. The Greek assembly awarded the arms of the dead Achilles to the cunning and eloquent Ulysses, not the brave and straight-forward Ajax. For Ajax’ subsequent suicide, [A42b038].

2. See Anthologia graeca 7.145.

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