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Tandem tandem Iusticia obtinet.

At long last justice wins the day

Aeacidae haectoreo perfusum sanguine scutum,
Quod Graecorum Itacho concio iniqua dedit:
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H1v f44v]Iustior arripuit Neptunus in aequora iactum
Naufragio, ut dominum possit adire suum.
Littoreo Aiacis tumulo namque intulit unda,
Quae boat, & tali voce sepulchra ferit.
Vicisti Thelamoniadae, tu dignior armis,
Affectus fas est cedere iustitiae.[1]

The shield of Aeacus’ descendant, stained with Hector’s blood, the unjust assembly of the Greeks awarded to the Ithacan. Neptune, showing more respect for equity, seized upon it when it was cast into the sea in the shipwreck, so that it can go to its proper master. For the wave carried it to Ajax’s tomb upon the shore, the wave which booms and smites the sepulchre with these words: ‘Son of Telamon, you have conquered. You are more worthy of these arms’. It is right for partiality to yield to justice.


Es wirt letzt ein mal die gerechtig-
keit siegen.

Deß starcken Heldn Achillis Schilt
Mit deß Hectors Blut besprengt milt
So die Griechischen Fürsten all
Unbillich dem Ulysse zmall
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [H2r f45r] Zugsprochen hetten, den erwischt
Deß Meeres Gott Neptunus rischt
Als er nach dem Schiffbruch im Meer
Schwimmendt, vil gerechter schickt er
Seim Herren, dann deß Meeres Well
Hat in geführt an das gstad schnell
Zu deß Ajacis Grab mit brauß
Davon ein solchr thon gieng rauß
Ajax ein Son Thelamonis
Du hast uberwunden gewiß
Billicher ghörn die Waffen dir
Und weicht die Grechtigkeit der bgir.


1.  This is a version of Anthologia graeca 9.115-6. See Homer, Odyssey 11.541ff. for the contest for ownership of the divine armour of the dead Achilles (i.e. Aeacus’ descendant), who had earlier killed Hector. The Greek assembly awarded the armour to smooth Odysseus (the Ithacan) rather than to brave Ajax (son of Telamon), and, according to later tradition, Ajax became mad with fury and humiliation. Returning to sanity he committed suicide in shame. See e.g. Ovid, Metamorphoses 13.1.ff; and Emblem 137 ([A67a137]). Ajax was buried on a promontory near Rhoeteion, not far from Troy.

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