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Commentary on Emblem 24

Pallas is Athena, whose tree is the olive. Bromius, literally "noisy one," is Bacchus, so named from the tumultuous sound of his drunken festivals. So the image is that of the virgin olive refusing the embrace of the licentius and drunken grape.

A direct translation from Greek Anthology 9.130

The emblem first appeared in the edition of 1531, with an illustration at C5v. It then appeared in the edition of 1534, again illustrated, at page 54. Whitney imitates this emblem in Choice of Emblemes 133 (you may compare the versions in frames).

Last modified 25 November 1997