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Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 12

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 12

The Stone that Saturn vomited up affer having devoured it in place of his son Jupiter, has been placed on the Helicon as a souvenir for the mortals.


Epigram 12

You want to know the reason why so many poets sing of the Helicon,
And say that everybody must try to reach the top of it?
At its summit a Stone has been placed as a souvenir,
The Stone that was devoured and spit our by Jupiter's father in his stead.
If you take these words at their face value, you are out of your senses,
For this Stone of Saturn is Chemical.


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