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Praefatio ad Distichorum Catonis Librum Alterum

The prefatory poem to the second book of the Disticha Catonis is a wonderful example of an ad fontes style of education. Want to know about agriculture? Read Virgil. Pharmacology? Macer. War? Lucan. Love? Ovid. Of course, if you want to know about how live should be lived, read the distichs. Of particular interest in […]

Epistola Puteani Filiis a Scaligero scripta

This verse epistle appears at the beginning of Scaliger’s 1605 edition of the Disticha Catonis. In the nine-line poem written in both Greek and Latin, Scaliger makes some bold claims about his Greek translation, namely that he is establishing the definitive edition of the distichs to replace an existing (and inferior) edition of Planudes. (I […]

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 […]

Monosticha Catonis

Itaque deo supplica. Θεῷ εὔχου. Parentes ama. Γονέας ἀγάπα. Cognatos cole. Τοὺς συγγενεῖς τίμα. Magistrum metue. Τὸν καθηγητὴν δέδιθι. Datum serva. Τὸ πιστουθέν σοι τήρει. Foro pare. Τοῖς ἀγροραίοις νόμοις ἕπου. Cum bonis ambula. Ἀγαθοῖς ὁμίλει. Antequam voceris, ad consilium: ne accesseris. Μὴ πρότερον εἰς βouλην παρέλθῃς, πρὶν ἂν κληθείης. Mundus esto. Καθάριος ἴσθι. Saluta […]

Monosticha Catonis 23

Cui des, videto.

Κατωνος Γνωμαι 7

Ἀγαθοῖς ὁμίλει.

Monosticha Catonis 22

Mutuum da.