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Les Antiquitez sont controuvťes.[1]

Apologie. Dialogisme.

D. Vieillard Proteu[2], qui has forme muable:
Homme par fois, puys beste dissemblable:
Quelle raison toute espece en toy mue:
Tant que tu n’has figure de tenue?
R. Je represente antique PoŽsie,
De qui chascun songe ŗ sa phantasie.

Des choses anciennes, & mises hors de toute memoire: cha-
scun en songe, & en divine ŗ sa phantasie: tellement que les au-
theurs ne s’ac
cordans, font une monstrueuse histoire ou fable
de variables formes, tel que les PoŽtes faignent estre Proteus
dieu marin, fort vieulx, & muable en toutes formes.

Notes:

1.In the 1549 French edition, this emblem has no woodcut.

2.Proteus was ‘the Old Man of the Sea’, who evaded capture by constantly changing his shape. See e.g. Homer, Odyssey, 4.400ff.; Vergil, Georgics, 4. 405-10, 440-2; Erasmus, Adagia, 1174 (Proteo mutabilior). Vergil (Georgics, 4.391) describes him living near the headland of Pallene (on the Macedonian coast). The idea of Proteus as a gifted actor or mime-artist is taken from Lucian, Saltatio, 19.


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