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06/04/10

Permalink 08:27:55 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 147 words, 1942 views   English (US)
Categories: Literature

Horace Carmina III.3.1-4

According to legend, Dutch politician Cornelis de Witte recited these lines while tortured by the Orangist party in the late 17th century. Meter: Alcaic

Iustum et tenacem propositi virum
Non civium ardor prava iubentium,
  Non voltus instantis tyranni
    Mente quatit solida…

propositi - “purpose"; gen. of desc. with virum
prava - neuter “depraved things"; obj. of iubentium
quatit - “shakes”
Mente…solida - abl. of specification or (better IMO) separation

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