D. Prisca Virgo, & Martyr Leoni objecta.


Martha Marchina

Original Text

Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma, p. 71.



Aspicit innocuum Virgo secura leonem       Vulneribus, lictor, saucia facta tuis. Nempe ferae incipiunt saevos dediscere mores,       Humanos postquam dedidicere homines.

In the title: St. Prisca (dates unknown) was a Christan martyr in ancient Rome. According to church tradition, the emperor Claudius had her tortured and sent to the Colosseum, where she fearlessly faced a lion. Instead of attacking her, the lion tamely licked her feet. She was then beheaded.


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