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Latin Tuesday

Virgil, Aeneid 1.461-462:

Sunt hic etiam sua praemia laudi;
sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt.

“Here too virtue has its rewards, here too

there are tears for events, and mortal things touch the heart.”

Aeneas is observing a mural in Dido’s palace depicting the destruction of Troy. He comments that the fall of the great city is known and felt throughout the world. Similarly, when tragedies like the MH17 plane crash happen, the power of mass communication allows us to grieve over the event, even at a distance. This is also one of Bill’s favorite quotes.

Latin Tuesday

Obstipuisteteruntque comae et vox faucibus haesit. (Virgil, Aeneid, 2.774)

“I was astonished with fear, my hairs stood on end, and my voice caught in my throat.”
This is how Aeneas reacted to the burning of his hometown of Troy. It is what many Americans say as they hear the horror stories coming from the southern border. 

Latin Tuesday

From Pliny The Younger 35.36:

Non dies sine linea

“No day without a line”

This line is in reference to a painter who surpassed all other painters of his time. No day would pass where he wouldn’t paint something in order to ensure that his skill remained sharper than anyone else’s.

Latin Tuesday

Catullus Poem 64:

nunc iam nulla viro iuranti femina credat,
nulla viri speret sermones esse fideles:

“Now, no woman should believe a man’s pledges,
or believe there’s any truth in a man’s words:”
With these words, we think of the liberal feminist response to the Hobby Lobby decision. It wasn’t religious freedom that motivated the court’s decision, they say, but misogyny.

Latin Tuesday

From Cicero’s First Oration Against Cateline, Section 1: 

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet?

When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? 
This is the opening line of Cicero’s most famous speech – his introduction to his prosecution of Cateline, a would-be usurper of the Roman government. Cateline was eventually tried and convicted. Cicero’s sentiment here is similar to what Congressmen are saying to the IRS officials today.

Bret Stephens Remembers One of the Great Middle East Scholars of Our Time

Bret Stephens writes on the passing of the great Fouad Ajami:

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