St. Michael (the Archangel Michael) and two other archangels combat Satan (in dragon form).  Illumination by Pacino di Buonaguida, for the beginning of the hymn “Exultando in Gesu”; leaf from the Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant’ Agnese, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.  Ca. 1340.  Now in the British Library.

St. Michael (the Archangel Michael) and two other archangels combat Satan (in dragon form).  Illumination by Pacino di Buonaguida, for the beginning of the hymn “Exultando in Gesu”; leaf from the Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant’ Agnese, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.  Ca. 1340.  Now in the British Library.

Dido Defends Herself Against Vergilian Libel

Anthologia Planudea 151 (author and date unknown)

You’re gazing, stranger, at the perfect likeness of famous Dido-
   An image that shines with beauty like the gods’.
This is just how I looked, but my mind was not what you’ve heard-
   It was for deeds of good reputation that I won my glory.
For never did I lay eyes on Aeneas, nor did I journey
   To Libya at the time that Troy was sacked.
No- fleeing Iarbas’ attempts to force me into marriage,
   I drove a two-edged sword deep into my heart.
Pierian Muses, why did you arm terrible Vergil against me,
   To tell such lies and slander my self-control?

Ἀρχέτυπον Διδοῦς ἐρικυδέος, ὦ ξένε, λεύσσεις,
  
εἰκόνα θεσπεσίῳ κάλλεϊ λαμπομένην.
τοίη καὶ γενόμην, ἀλλ’ οὐ νόον, οἷον ἀκούεις,
   ἔσχον ἐπ’ εὐφήμοις δόξαν ἐνεγκαμένη.
οὐδὲ γὰρ Αἰνείαν ποτ’ ἐσέδρακον, οὐδὲ χρόνοισι
  
Τροίης περθομένης ἤλυθον ἐς Λιβύην·
ἀλλὰ βίας φεύγουσα Ἰαρβαίων ὑμεναίων
   πῆξα κατὰ κραδίης φάσγανον ἀμφίτομον.
Πιερίδες, τί μοι αἰνὸν ἐφωπλίσσασθε Μάρωνα
   οἷα καθ’ ἡμετέρης ψεύσατο σωφροσύνης;

The Meeting of Dido and Aeneas, Nathaniel Dance-Holland (1735-1811)