University of Toronto
for the Shakespeare Association of America
San Francisco 1999
SALMACIDAN: Salmacidan |}| (Salmacida Spolia)
Spoils or Conquests got without blood or labour; from Salmacis a fountain of Caria, which is said to enfeeble all such as either drank of it, or bathed in it, Hence that of Tully in his book de Officiis, Salmacida spolia sine sanguine & sudore, and there used for effeminate or veneriel Conquests. This Salmacida Spolia was the Motto of the Scene or Frontispiece of a Mask at Whitehal at Christmas 1636, or 1637.
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