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Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 11

Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book Atalanta fugiens was first published in Latin in 1617. It was a most amazing book as it incorporated 50 emblems with a motto, an epigram and a discourse, but extended the concept of an emblem book by incorporating 50 pieces of music the 'fugues' or canons. In this sense it was an early example of multimedia.

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Atalanta Fugiens

Emblem 11

Make Latona white and tear up the books.

Epigram 11

Everyone knows Latona's twins,
Who, according to the legend, were children of Jupiter.
Others assert that the twins were a union of the sunlight
And the moon, which has black stains on its face.
Therefore get yourself ready, to make Latona white.
And without delay tear up the unclear books, which harm you.

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