Thursday, November 04, 2004


The Real Names of Things

Sallust, On the Conspiracy of Catiline 52.11 (tr. John Selby Watson):
For some time past, it is true, we have lost the real names of things; for to lavish the property of others is called generosity, and audacity in wickedness is called heroism; and hence the state is reduced to the brink of ruin.

iam pridem equidem nos vera vocabula rerum amisimus: quia bona aliena largiri liberalitas, malarum rerum audacia fortitudo vocatur, eo res publica in extremo sita est.

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