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Friday, September 1, 2017

[GBM] The best evidence rule


The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: Now Paris has a hard time trying to choose the most beautiful among Juno, Minerva, and Venus. So -- surely following a cue from the poet -- he establishes a new rule: The three goddesses will have to show themselves naked to him. Juno and Minerva make "as if" they will not absolutely accept, at first. Venus takes her chance.

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But the sea's daughter, who in courteous     a true court. . . esan
acts has grace and boldness as needed,
"I'll be the first to untie my covering,"     arnesi, usually "armor"
cries, "and unveil the most unknown parts,
so that it will be clearly seen and shown
that not only beautiful eyes and cheeks
I have, but there exists a correspondence
between exterior and hidden beauties!"     see Orlando Furioso 7.14