Friday, October 05, 2018


Impermanent and Permanent

Tacitus, Annals 3.6.3 (tr. John Jackson):
Statesmen were mortal, the state eternal.

principes mortales, rem publicam aeternam esse.
Or, as Ronald Syme rendered it in Tacitus, Vol. I (1958; rpt. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), p. 319:
Princes come and go, but the Commonwealth is perpetual.

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