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Virtutem honor sequitur.

Honour follows virtue

Ad amplissimum Anthonium Verancium Episcopum Agriensem.[1]

For the very reverend Antonius Verancius, Bishop of Eger.

Marcellus duo templa struit, virtutis, honorum.[2]
Hoc sed non patefit nisi praestes inclytus ausis,
Unica nam porta immittit, nec pervia cuivis.
Praeposuit templum virtutis, limina tanquam
Alterius, quisnam leviter tot praemia laudis
Consequitur, multum ni sudet, & algeat heros?
Ardua virtutis primùm ergo semita, victa
Molliter in suaves demum deducit honores.
Horum sint memores, famam qui fortè perennem
Exoptant, solidis seseque laboribus ornent.[3]

Marcellus built two temples, one for virtue and one for honours. But the latter opened only if you excelled as a famous man in daring acts, since there is only one door that is not open to anybody. He built a temple of virtue before it, as if it were the threshold to the other: what hero will lightly strive after such great rewards of praise, if he has not sweated and endured cold? At first, therefore, the track of virtue is tough, but once conquered it gently leads to sweet honours in the end. Let those who perhaps aspire to eternal glory remember these things, and adorn themselves with sound actions.


1.  Antun Vrancic (Anton Wranciush in German, Antal Verancsics in Hungarian): Croatian diplomat, statesman and humanist. As an envoy of the Emperor, he spent time in France and England, and notably six years in Turkey. As a churchman, he was successively Bishop of Pécs, 1554, then Eger, 1557, Archbishop of Esztergom (Primate of Hungary), 1569, and finally Cardinal in 1573, only a few days before his death.

2.  Marcus Claudius Marcellus, consul and commander during the Second Punic War.

3.  In a later edition of this work, Sambucus added another two lines at the end:

Quod tu es, si quisquam, toties legatus in omnes
Europae atque Asiae partes, constanter adeptus.

Which you [Vrancic], more than any one else, have achieved with determination; you who has been sent so often as an envoy to all parts of Europe and Asia.

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  • Courage, Bravery, Valiance, Manliness; 'Ardire magnanimo et generoso', 'Gagliardezza', 'Valore', 'Virtù heroica', 'Virtù dell'animo e del corpo' (Ripa) [54A8] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Difficulty (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54DD4(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Eternity, 'Aeternitas'; 'Eternità','Eternità o Perpetuità' (Ripa) [23A2] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • historical person (with NAME) other representations to which the NAME of a historical person may be attached (with NAME of person) [61B2(VERANZIO, Antoni)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Honour, Glory; 'Ampiezza della Gloria', 'Gloria', 'Gloria de prencipi', 'Gloria & Honore', 'Honore', 'Sublimatà della Gloria' (Ripa) [59B31] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • male persons from classical history (with NAME) representations to which the NAME of a person from classical history may be attached [98B(MARCELLUS, M. C.)3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • men of name or fame, heroes, 'homines illustres', 'uomini famosi' [46A127] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Praise, Approbation, Approval; 'Lode' (Ripa) [57B1] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • republic; 'Governo della republica' (Ripa) [44B03] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Reward, 'Praemium'; 'Premio', 'Remuneratione' (Ripa) [55A12] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • road, path [46C11] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • threshold [41A325] Search | Browse Iconclass

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