Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Out of Control

Vergil, Georgics 1.510-514 (tr. H. Rushton Fairclough):
Breaking the covenants which bind them, neighbouring cities
draw the sword; the god of unholy strife rages throughout the world,
even as when from the starting gates the chariots stream forth
and gather speed lap by lap, while the driver, tugging vainly at the reins,
is carried along by his steeds, and the car heeds not the curb!

vicinae ruptis inter se legibus urbes
arma ferunt; saevit toto Mars impius orbe:
ut cum carceribus sese effudere quadrigae,
addunt in spatia, et frustra retinacula tendens
fertur equis auriga neque audit currus habenas.

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