Thursday, September 02, 2021


The Safe Course

Seneca, Agamemnon 100-107 (tr. Frank Justus Miller):
Whatever Fortune has raised on high, she lifts but to bring low. Modest estate has longer life; then happy he whoe'er, content with the common lot, with safe breeze hugs the shore, and, fearing to trust his skiff to the wider sea, with unambitious oar keeps close to land.

            quidquid in altum
Fortuna tulit, ruitura levat.
modicis rebus longius aevum est:
felix mediae quisquis turbae
sorte quietus
aura stringit litora tuta
timidusque mari credere cumbam
remo terras propiore legit.
R.J. Tarrant ad loc.:

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