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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 137

Noble, and well-born

A golden clasp fastened the Cecropian robes; to this a cicada was joined, tenacious of tooth.

A half-boot, with a small moon attached in the Arcadian manner, was worn by the Roman fathers as a shoe denoting high office.

Men distinguished by ancient nobility bore these symbols, to declare themselves native-born.