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FUROR, ET RABIES.

Fury and madness

Emblema. 57.

Ora gerit clypeus rabiosi picta leonis,
Et scriptum in summo margine carmen habet.
Hic hominum est terror, cuius possessor Atrida:
Talia magnanimus signa Agamenno tulit.[1]

The shield bears the painted face of a raging lion, and inscribed upon the upper margin has a verse: ‘This is the terror of men, and the son of Atreus is its possessor’. Haughty Agamemnon bore this symbolic figure.

Notes:

1.This poem is based on Pausanias, Periegesis, 5.19.4. For the ‘raging lion’, cf. Emblem 63,‘Ira’ ([A15a063]). For Agamemnon’s savage temper, see e.g. Homer, Iliad, 1.103-4.

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  • Fury; 'Furore', 'Furore implacabile', 'Furore & Rabbia', 'Furore superbo & Indomito' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56E3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Pugnacity (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54AA45(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Rage, Anger (+ emblematical representation of concept) [56E2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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