Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Larebeke: Epulum Linguarum

Epulum Linguarum by Jacobus Xaverius van Larebeke (1603)

As the full title explains: Epulum linguarum, et apposita ad singula fercula varia condimenta: ex sacris ac profanis authoribus deprompta. What a great metaphor! The fercula are poems, and the condimenta are commentaries on the poems. The subjects are the different kinds of tongues: in linguam temere accusatricem, in linguam adulatoriam, in linguam amarulentam, etc. It doesn't look like I will find any distichs in here, but what an absolutely delightful book!


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