Juvenal, Satires 1 | Latin in Translation

It must be still more evident that the greatest of the Latin poets was the product of his time, ..
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The poet's childhood1. Publius Vergilius Maro was a Mantuan of humble parents, especiallywith regard to his father: some have reported that he was an artisanpotter, others that he was employed by a summoner named Magus, that he soon became a son-in-law on account of his industry, and that he built up a fortune of no mean substance by buying up woodlands and tending bees.

Did Vergil, the greatest of all Latin poets, craft The Aeneid as an allegory of Augustus?
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Never shall I reply, Vexed so often by Thesean epic of hoarse Cordus





W henever I have made a discovery, I do notwait for you to cry "Shares!" I say it to myself in your behalf. If you wish to know what it is that I have found, open your pocket; itis clear profit./a What I shall teach you is the ability to become richas speedily as possible. How keen you are to hear the news! And rightly; I shall lead you by a short cut to the greatest riches. It will be necessary, however, for you to find a loan; in order to be ableto do business, you must contract a debt, although I do not wish you toarrange the loan through a middle-man, nor do I wish the brokers to bediscussing your rating. I shall furnish you with a ready creditor,Cato's famous one, who says:/b "Borrow from yourself!" No matter how smallit is, it will be enough if we can only make up the deficit from our ownresources. For, my dear Lucilius, it does not matter whether youcrave nothing, or whether you possess something.

shared Dante's sense of the special excellence of the classical Latin poets, Vergil ..
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Every being is clever in its own line. The skilledworkman handles his tools with an ease born of experience; the pilot knowshow to steer his ship skilfully; the artist can quickly lay on the colourswhich he has prepared in great variety for the purpose of rendering thelikeness, and passes with ready eye and hand from palette to canvas. In the same way an animal is agile in all that pertains to the use of itsbody. We are apt to wonder at skilled dancers because their gesturesare perfectly adapted to the meaning of the piece and its accompanyingemotions, and their movements match the speed of the dialogue. Butthat which art gives to the craftsman, is given to the animal by nature. No animal handles its limbs with difficulty, no animal is at a loss howto use its body. This function they exercise immediately at birth. They come into the world with this knowledge; they are born full- trained. But people reply: "The reason why animals are

For most of the modern era, Virgil was the most admired poet in the classical curriculum. Now available from Cambridge University Press, this book tells the story of how poets and scholars interpreted Virgil during the period of his greatest influence, from Dante to the Elizabethans.
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This is a list of Latin proverbs and sayings

We shall of course notice passages that are not sufficiently pruned,not constructed with sufficient care, and lacking the polish which is invogue nowadays; but after regarding the whole, you will see that thereare no futile subtleties of argument. There may, doubtless, be novariety of marbles, no water-supply/a which flows from one apartment toanother, no "pauper-rooms,"/b or any other device that luxury adds whenill content with simple charms; but, in the vulgar phrase, it is "a goodhouse to live in."
F urthermore, opinions vary with regard tothe style. Some wish it to be polished down from all roughness; andsome take so great a pleasure in the abrupt manner that they would intentionallybreak up any passage which may by chance spread itself out more smoothly,scattering the closing words in such a way that the sentences may resultunexpectedly. Read Cicero: his style has unity; it moves with a modulatedpace, and is gentle without being degenerate. The style of AsiniusPollio, on the other hand, is "bumpy," jerky, leaving off when you leastexpect it./c And finally, Cicero always stops gradually; while Pollio breaksoff, except in the very few cases where he cleaves to a definite rhythmand a single pattern.

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Moreover, there is a deal of deference in this regard also - asI shall make clear to you: Fabianus seems to me to have not so muchan "efflux" as a "flow" of words:/a so copious is it, without confusion,and yet not without speed. This is indeed what his style declaresand announces - that he has not spent a long time in working his matterover and twisting it into shape. But even supposing the facts areas you would have them; the man was building up character rather than words,and was writing those words for the mind rather than for the ear. Besides, had he been speaking them in his own person, you would not havehad time to consider the details - the whole work would have so swept youalong. For as a rule that which pleases by its swiftness is of lessvalue when taken in hand for reading. {sprezzatura+}Nevertheless, this very quality, too, of attracting at first sight is agreat advantage, no matter whether careful investigation may discover somethingto criticize. If you ask me, I should say that he who has forcedapproval is greater than he who has earned it; and yet I know that thelatter is safer, I know that he can give more confident guarantees forthe future. A meticulous manner of writing does not suit the philosopher;if he is timid as to words, when will he ever be brave and steadfast, whenwill he ever really show his worth? Fabianus's style was not careless,it was assured. That is why

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~CII+ ON THE INTIMATIONS OF OUR IMMORTALITY J ust as a man is annoying when he rouses adreamer of pleasant dreams (for he is spoiling a pleasure which may beunreal but nevertheless has the appearance of reality), even so your letterhas done me an injury. For it brought me back abruptly, absorbedas I was in agreeable meditation and ready to proceed still further ifit had been permitted me. }I was taking pleasure in investigating the immortality of souls, nay, inbelieving that doctrine. For I was lending a ready car to the opinionsof the great authors, who not only approve but promise this most pleasingcondition. I was giving myself over to such a noble hope; for I wasalready weary of myself, beginning already to despise the fragments ofmy shattered existence,/a and feeling that I was destined to pass overinto that infinity of time and the heritage of eternity, when I was suddenlyawakened by the receipt of your letter, and lost my lovely dream. But, if I can once dispose of you, I shall reseek and rescue it.