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Contemptor Divým Mezentius, ipse paravit
Suppetias Turno, dulcis amore meri:
Hinc sua mercato dum tingit guttura vino,
Hasta suo Teucri sanguine tincta fuit.[1]

Mezentius the atheist lent aid to Turnus for the love of sweet wine, and then, as the wine he’d bought painted his throat, he painted a Trojan spear red with his blood.

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Mezentius, Turnus Roy secourut,
Pour le guerdon d’un vin delicieux:
Ce goust de vin fut cause qu’il mourut,
Et qu’il receut guerdon pernicieux.

Notes:

1.In the Aeneid, Mezentius was the King of the Etruscans, ally of Turnus, King of the Rutulians, in the struggle against the invading Trojans (i.e., the Teucrians)under Aeneas. (Vergil, Aeneid, 7.648), though with no reference to wine. Contemptor divum is Vergil’s recurring tag for him.


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