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Liberum arbitrium..

Free will.

Ex Homero.

After Homer.

Dic mihi Maeonius quorsum duo dolia vates
Dixerit in magni limine fixa Iovis?[1]
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [X6r p131]An quod spectatae nobis virtutis imago,
Et vitii species ponitur ante oculos?
Ergo ex alterutra qui nascitur hauriat olla:
Omnibus ex aequo se dat uterque cadus.

Tell me, for what purpose did the Maeonian seer [Homer] tell of two vessels standing on the great threshold of Jupiter? Is it so that we can we see an image of virtue, and a picture of vice placed before our eyes? Therefore let every mother’s son [lit. whoever is born] drink from one or the other vessel: Each of the vessels gives of itself equally to everybody.

Notes:

1.  Iliad, 24.525ff. One bowl was full of virtues, and one of vices. Cf. Corrozet, Hecatomgraphie, ‘Lyesse, & tristesse’ ([FCGa012]).



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