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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 65

Foolishness

You marvel that in my poem you're called Otus, since the ancient name, from your ancestors, is Otho. It is long-eared, and has feathers like the owl, and the quick fowler seizes the bird as it jumps. Hence, those who are foolish and easy to capture I call Otus. This suits you, so you too -- take this name!