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Ocni effigies, de his qui meretricibus
donant, quod in bonos usus
verti debeat.[1]

A representation of Ocnus. On those who give to whores what should be turned to good

XVII.

Impiger haud cessat funem contexere sparto,
Humidaque artifici iungere fila manu.
Sed quantum multis vix torquet strenuus horis,
Protinus ignavi ventris asella vorat.
Foemina iners animal, facili congesta marito
Lucra rapit, mundum prodigit inque suum.

Ocnus never stops busily plaiting rope from broom, joining the damp fibres with skilful hand. But what he manages to spin with great effort in many hours the she-ass, a beast with greedy guts, continuously consumes. - Woman, an idle creature, grabs the accumulated savings from her complaisant husband and squanders it on her own adornment.

COMMENTARIA.

Quidam in Ionia Regione Asiae, nomine
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[c1r p33]Ocnus homo industrius & laboriosus atque
operi assiduŔ intentus erat. habebat is uxorem
ade˛ sumptuosam ac prodigam, ut quicquid
ille suo labore corraderet, id mox ab illa di-
lapidaretur. Inde proverbium dicebatur in
hominem in re quapiam elaborantem quae ni-
hil adferret emolumenti, hic torquet funicu-
lum Ocni. Autor est gravissimus rerum grae-
carum scriptor Pausanias in Phocide. Pingitur
itaque strenuus restio, conficiendis funibus
nunquam non occupatus, sed quantum mi-
ser longo tempore assiduoque labore contor-
quet, hoc totum subit˛ ignava devorat Asel-
la. Sic foemina desidiosum, luxuriosum, &
perniciosum animal, facile viri laboribus ac
sudore quaesita, (ut ait Hesiodus) sua la-
scivia & prodigalitate absumit: recte
itaque Lacon quidam qui c¨m
uxorem duxisset, pusillam
& parvulam, dicebat, Ŕ
malis quod mini-
mum esset, eli-
gendum.

Notes:

1. áThe painting by Polygnotus depicting this scene is described in Pausanias, Periegesis 29.2. See also Propertius, Elegies 4.3.21; Erasmus, Adagia 383, Contorquet piger funiculum. Ocnus, idleness personified, was a proverbial example of wasted effort.


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  • Industriousness, Assiduity; 'Assiduit├á┬ž┬Č 'Industria', 'Zelo' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A11(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • marriage, married couple, 'matrimonium' [42D3] Search | Browse Iconclass
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