Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Airborne Contagion

Lucretius 6.1128-1130 (tr. Cyril Bailey):
Or else this force remains poised in the air itself,
and, when we draw in these mingled airs as we breathe,
it must needs be that we suck in these plagues with them into our body.

aut etiam suspensa manet vis aere in ipso
et, cum spirantes mixtas hinc ducimus auras,
illa quoque in corpus pariter sorbere necessest.
Hat tip: Eric Thomson.

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