Friday, December 18, 2015


A Prying Busybody of a God

Cicero, On the Nature of the Gods 1.20.54 (the Epicurean Velleius speaking; tr. H. Rackham):
[A]nd so [you] have saddled us with an eternal master, whom day and night we are to fear; for who would not fear a prying busybody of a god, who foresees and thinks of and notices all things, and deems that everything is his concern?

itaque inposuistis in cervicibus nostris sempiternum dominum, quem dies et noctes timeremus: quis enim non timeat omnia providentem et cogitantem et animadvertentem et omnia ad se pertinere putantem curiosum et plenum negotii deum?

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