Thursday, August 19, 2004


Maxima Reverentia

The theme of Juvenal's fourteenth satire is the importance of parental example in raising a child. The poet wisely advises 'nil dictu foedum visuque haec limina tangat' (line 44, 'let nothing disgusting to say or see enter your house'). In order to obey this injunction literally today, one would be forced to smash the television set and radio to bits.

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