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(Marcus Annaeus Lucanus)
Roman poet
(AD 39 - 65)

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In se magna ruunt: laetis hunc numina rebus
crescendi posuere modum.

Great things come crashing down upon themselves – such is the limit of growth ordained by heaven for success.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 1, line 81

Quis iustius induit arma
Scire nefas, magno se iudice quisque tuetur:
Victrix causa deis placuit, sed victa Catoni.

It is not granted to know which man took up arms with more right on his side. Each has the support of a high authority: the victorious cause pleased the gods, but the vanquished one pleased Cato.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 1, line 128

Stat magni nominis umbra.
The mere shadow of a mighty name he stood. (literally: There stands the shadow of a great man.)
-- Of Pompey the Great, in: Pharsalia, bk. 1, line 135

Nil actum credens, dum quid superesset agendum.
Thinking nothing done while anything remained to be done.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 2, line 657

Est mihi, sunt nati: dedimus tot pignora fatis.

I have a wife, I have sons: we have given so many hostages to the fates.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 6, line 661

Plus est quam vita salusque
Quod perit.

More was lost than life and safety.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 7, line 639

Jupiter est quodcumque vides, quocumque moveris.
Jupiter is whatever you see, whichever way you move.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 9, line 580

Etiam periere ruinae.
Even the ruins have been destroyed.
-- Pharsalia, bk. 1, line 969

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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