Ovid, Metamorphoses 13.140
Lovat’s speech continued, ‘in a vein of becoming moralising’, with this quotation from Ovid. At the debate over who should have the armour of the dead Achilles, Ulysses makes the following observation, urging that the case should be judged purely on its merits:
nam genus et proavos, et quae non fecimus ipsi,
vix ea nostra voco.
For our birth, our ancestors, and things which we have not ourselves done – these things I can hardly call our own.