Fratres Helenae

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Fratres Helenae
... Fratres Helenae, lucida sidera, sic fratres Helenae, lucida sidera,

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Decorative border made of leaves, flowers and fruit, inside which is written an excerpt of Horace’s Ode 1.3. The full stanza reads:

Sic te diva potens Cypri,
Sic fratres Helenae, lucida sidera,
Ventorumque regat pater
Obstrictis aliis praeter Iapyga

Which can be understood as:

Thus the powerful goddess of Cyprus,
Thus the brothers of Helen, bright stars,
And the father of winds guide you,
With others confined except for Iapyx

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