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Crudeles homines humano sanguine fuso
Phtheiria si certum est interiisse putri
Exemplum Herodes,[1] & foelix Sylla,[2] perempti
Corpore per cunctos, vermiculante poros.
Ut qui multorum cor expleuêre cruore:
Cor, rosi à multis sanguigenis pereant.[3]

If it is the rule that cruel men who spill human blood should die in wasting diseases, Herod and happy Sulla, done to death by a body seething with worms from every pore as an example. Hence, those who sate their hearts with the blood of many perish, their hearts chewed by many creatures born of blood.


1.  Herod Agrippa I, King of Judea, grandson of Herod the Great; frequently known just as Herod (as in the Bible); died eaten by worms in 44 AD.

2.  The great Roman dictator Sulla was said to be plagued by Pediculosis, similarly being devoured by parasites (lice). Sulla was not, therefore, particularly happy (foelix), as Aneau’s text implies, but this was his agnomen, Felix - the fortunate - attained later in his life due to his skill and luck as a general.

3.  The idea being apparently a reference to the notion that worms and other vermin are born spontaneously from the decaying corpses of dead animals.

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