The Value of Knowledge: Persius, 1.25-26

“O, our silly ways! Is knowledge worthless, unless someone else knows that you know it?”

o mores, usque adeone

scire tuum nihil est nisi te scire hoc sciat alter?

Editorial note: Like many Classicists (whether they will admit it or not), I am myself very favorably disposed to the cultivation of ornamental knowledge, especially in the form of fine Classical quotations which can be produced in conversation. Although I therefore disagree with Persius on this point, I will retain this quotation in memory for the disingenuous chastisement of other vain scholars.

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