Money, Insult and Duty: Some Fragments from Caecilius

Caecilius Statius was a Roman poet who flourished after the second Punic War.

Fr. 19-21

“Although I came here contracted by your wages
I am not dependent on you for this reason:
If you speak of me badly you’ll hear bad things in return”

quamquam ego mercede huc conductus tua advenio, ne tibi
me esse ob eam rem obnoxium reare; audibis male si male dicis mihi.

Fr. 43-4

“People can endure trouble easily if there is no injury with it.
They can also endure injury unless they must handle insults too”

Facile aerumnam ferre possunt si inde abest iniuria;
etiam iniuriam, nisi contra constant contumeliam.

Fr. 54-5

“Why do you tell of such barbarism when you’re illiterate and unmannered?”

Quid narras barbare cum indomitis moribus, inlitterate inlex?

Fr. 56

“You pile of failures, how’d you forget your manners?”

Qui, homo ineptitudinis cumulatus, cultum oblitus es?

Fr. 109

“May the gods unbless you and your badly kept memory!”

Ut te di omnes infelicent cum male monita memoria!

Fr. 171

“Live as you can since you can’t live as you want”

Vivas ut possis quando nec quis ut velis.

Fr. 179

“Are you free?”

Liberne es?

Fr. 257

“A man is god to another man if he knows his duty”

Homo homini deus est si suum officium sciat.

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Fragmentary Friday, Latin Edition: Accius’ Achilles


 Achilles Schools Antilochus in Word Choice (Accius, Myrmidons, 452-7)

“Antilochus, this behavior that you declare obstinacy
I call constancy and desire to practice it.
To conquer and to be called constant
Is something I suffer happily; but I do not tolerate being called obstinate.
Constancy qualifies the brave; untrained men are obstinate.
You add the sense of fault and erase what should be praised.”

Tu pertinaciam esse, Antiloche, hanc praedicas,
Ego pervicaciam aio et ea me uti volo;
Nam pervicacem dici me esse et vincere
Perfacile patior, pertinacem nihil moror.
Haec fortis sequitur, illam indocti possident.
Tu addis quod vitio est, demis quod laudi datur.

Accius, Lucius Accius? A Romen tragedian and scholar who was born before the third Punic War and lived through the time of Sulla.

“You go first.” “No, YOU go first”…