aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Seneca the Younger, Phaedra 469-473

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The disasters that would happen without the power of Love.

excedat agedum rebus humanis Venus,
quae supplet ac restituit exhaustum genus:
orbis iacebit squalido turpis situ,
vacuum sine ullis piscibus stabit mare,
alesque caelo derit et silvis fera,
solis et aer pervius ventis fuit.

Come, let Venus depart from human affairs, she who makes good and restores the worn-out race; the world will lie foul in neglected squalor; the sea will stand empty, without any fish; the sky will be without birds, the woods without beasts, and the sky will be a path only for the winds.

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August 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Seneca the Younger

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