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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 177


The elephant, with his tower-bearing shoulders, and ivory tusks, though accustomed to ferocious domination in martial conflict, has placed his neck under a yoke, and driven by goads, he pulls the chariots of Caesar to sacred temples. Even a wild beast recognizes nations everywhere in harmony and, when arms are laid down, he discharges the offices of peace.