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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Horace, Epistles 1.1.106-108

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Horace characteristically ends his serious discussion of philosophy with a little joke.

ad summam, sapiens uno minor est Iove, dives,
liber, honoratus, pulcher, rex denique regum,
praecipue sanus – nisi cum pituita molesta est.

To sum up, the wise man is second only to Jupiter: he’s rich, free, honoured, in a word a king among kings, eminently healthy – except when he’s suffering with catarrh.

Written by aleatorclassicus

April 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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