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Signa fortium.

The mark of the brave.



Quae te causa movet volucris Saturnia[1], magni
Ut tumulo insideas ardua Aristomenis[2]?
Hoc moneo, quantum inter aves ego robore praesto,
Tantùm semideos inter Aristomenes.
Insideant timidae timidorum busta columbae,
Nos aquilae intrepidis signa benigna damus.

Saturnian bird, what cause brings you to stand with uplifted wings on the tomb of mighty Aristomenes? - I tell you this - as I stand out among the birds in power, so does Aristomenes among the sons of gods. Fearful doves may perch on the graves of the fearful. We eagles give signs of favour to the fearless.

Pulchrè id imitatus est ex 3. Graecorum epigram-
maton: quo sub nomine Aristomenis, Carolum
V. Imperatorem
celebrat: alludítque ad imperialis di-
gnitatis publicum stemma, nempe aquilam, notam
fortitudinis, strenuitatis, intrepidi animi.

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L’enseigne des preux & vaillans.

QUelle cause te meut, dis, Aigle Jovienne,
Que tu sieds au tombeau du preux Aristomene?
C’est que comme entre oiseaux j’obtiens les premiers lieux,
Ainsi Aristomene entre tous demi-dieux.
Les colombes lon peint pour signe de foiblesse,
Mais nous, Aigles, portons les marques de proüesse.

IL a cecy gentilment imité du 3. des Epi-
grammes Grecs, par lequel souz le nom
d’Aristomenes, il loüe l’Empereur Charles
: & faict une allusion à l’armai-
rie Imperialle, qui est l’Aigle, laquelle por-
te la marque de vaillantise, d’hardiesse, de
grandeur de courage.


1.  volucris Saturnia, ‘Saturnian bird’, i.e. the eagle, attendant on Jupiter, son of Saturn.

2.  Aristomenes was a Messenian hero of the seventh century BC, of semi-divine origin, who performed incredible exploits while leading his country for many years in resistance to the Spartans. On one occasion an eagle aided his miraculous escape from captivity.

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  • (story of) Aristomenes representations to which the NAME of a person from classical history may be attached [98B(ARISTOMENES)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Courage, Bravery, Valiance, Manliness; 'Ardire magnanimo et generoso', 'Gagliardezza', 'Valore', 'Virt� heroica', 'Virt� dell'animo e del corpo' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A8(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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