Praefatio ad Disticha Catonis

D. CATONIS DISTICHA
Quum animadverterem quam plurimos homines errare graviter in via morum, succurrendum & consulendum opinioni eorum fore existimavi, maxime ut gloriose viverent, & honorem contingerent. Nunc te, fili charissime, docebo, quo pacto morem animi tui componas. Igitur mea praecepta ita legito, ut intelligas: Legere enim & non intelligere, negligere est.

ΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΚΑΤΩΝΟΣ ΗΘΙΚΑ ΔΙΣΤΙΧΑ.
Ἐπιστήσας πολλοῖς τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ὡς περὶ τὴν ἠθῶν ἔφοδον δεινῶς σφάλλονται, ἀντιλαμβάνεσθαι αὐτῶν, καὶ προνοεῖσθαι τῆς δόξης αυτῶν πρὄργου ἐποιησάμην, ἵνα ὅτι μάλιστα καὶ σὺν εὐδοξίᾳ διάγοιεν, καὶ τιμῆς ἐπιτύχοιεν. Νῦν γε φίλτατον τέκνον, διδάξω σὲ ὃν τρόπον δεῖ σὲ τὰ τῆς ψυχῆς σοῦ ἤθη ῥυθμίζειν. Τὰς γοῦν ἐντολάς μου οὕτως ἀνάγνωθι, ὡστε καὶ συνιέναι αὐτῶν. τὸ γὰρ τοι ἀναγνώσκειν, καὶ μὴ γνώσκειν, καταγνώσκειν ἐστὶν.

From Scaliger’s 1605 Opuscula Diversa, Graeca et Latina. p. 2 (http://bit.ly/1bFHtAx)

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