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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 168

On the gifts of enemies

They say that Ajax the shield-bearer and the Trojan Hector exchanged remembrances of the wars. The son of Priam took a sword-belt, and the son of Telamon a steel sword: each received the instrument of his own death. For the sword killed Ajax, while the belt fastened to the Aemonian chariot wheels dragged Hector to his death. So the gifts which enemies bestow on one another on the pretext of diplomacy bear with them fates that foreshadow what is to come.