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Praefatio ad Distichorum Catonis Librum Tertium

Hoc quicunque voles carmen cognoscere Lector, Quum praecepta ferat, quae sunt gratissima vitae, Commoda multa feres. Sin autem spreveris illud, Non me scriptorem, sed te neglexeris ipse. Ὅς τις ἐπιστῆσαι βούλει τοίσδεσσι μέτροισι, Τοῖς πολὺ πλῆθος ἔχουσι βιωφελέων ὑποθηκῶν, Πολλῶν ἂν μέγ’ ὄναιο· σὺ εἰ μὴ δέχνυσαι αὐτὰ, Οὐ τὸν ὑφηγητήν με, σὲ δὲ πλέον […]

Scaliger on Learning Greek

I finally had a chance to dig out the Latin text of Scaliger’s autobiography. Here is the (in)famous passage in which he discusses learning Greek, first briefly with Adrien Turnèbe in Paris, but shortly after, on his own—me magistro. Here Scaliger makes the claim, incredible even for a man who would go on to demonstrate […]

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 […]