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Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 16

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 16

The feathers one lion has not, the other has.

Epigram 16

The Lion, the conqueror of the quadrupeds, of a powerful disposition and strong of claws,
Fights without fear and rejects flight;
Let him hold with his paws the winged Lioness, who flees and wants to take up with her the male lion
But the latter stands on the ground immovable and keeps her from flying;
May this picture of Nature show you the way.

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