Thursday, February 19, 2015


A Wish

Tacitus, Dialogue on Orators 13.5 (Curiatius Maternus speaking; tr. W. Peterson, rev. M. Winterbottom):
As for myself, may the 'sweet Muses,' as Virgil [Georgics 2.475-477] says, bear me away to their holy places where sacred streams do flow, beyond the reach of anxiety and care, and free from the obligation of performing each day some task that goes against the grain.

me vero dulces, ut Vergilius ait, Musae, remotum a sollicitudinibus et curis et necessitate cotidie aliquid contra animum faciendi, in illa sacra illosque fontes ferant.

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