Illa solo fixos oculos aversa tenebat
nec magis incepto vultum sermone movetur
quam si dura silex aut stet Marsepia cautes
Virgil Aeneid (6.469-471)
She, turned away, was holding her fixed eyes on the ground
No more was her visage moved by his begun speech
Than if she stood, a hard stone or Parian crag
Tigellinus constructed a raft on Agrippa’s lake and on it set a feast that could then be moved about, towed along by other vessels. The vessels were trimmed with gold and ivory, and the oarsmen were male prostitutes who were grouped according to age and sexual expertise. Tigellinus had sought out birds and wild animals from distant lands, and sea creatures all the way from the ocean. On the lake’s banks stood brothels filled with women of distinction, and on the other side common prostitutes were seen in the nude. At first there were obscene gestures and body movements; and when darkness began to fall the whole of the nearby copse and the surrounding buildings rang with singing and became bright with lights.
Tacitus Annals, Book XV
My, what revelry.
As a Maenad staggers on uncertain feet,
mad with the inspiration of the god,
on the peak of snowy Pindus or Mount Nysa,
so she runs to and fro, her movements wild,
her face displays her crazy passion’s marks.
Her cheeks are flaming and she draws deep breaths,
she shouts, her eyes are wet with tears, she smiles;
she shows the signs of every kind of passion.
Hesitant, aggressive, raging, bitter, full of grief.
Where will the weight of her angry heart tip down?
Where will this wave break? Her madness froths over.
the crime she contemplates is complex and extreme:
she will outdo herself; I recognize this passion.
She intends some terrible deed, wild and unnatural.
I see the face of PASSION.
solus hic inflexit sensus animumque labantem / impulit agnosco veteris vestigia flammae
The Aeneid, Book IV.
Nothing, however, delights the mind as much as loving friendship. How great a blessing it is to have those whose hearts are ready to receive every secret in confidence, whose knowledge of you causes you less fear than knowledge of yourself, whose conversation relieves your anxiety, whose position facilitates your decision, whose cheerfulness scatters your gloomy thoughts, whose very appearance makes you joyful!
Seneca, On the Tranquility of the Mind
Verba togae sequeris, iunctura callidus acri, ————————————————————— You will follow the words of the Toga, clever and sharp juxtaposition,
Persius, Satire 5
Ore teres modico, pallentis radere mores
doctus et ingenuo culpam defigere ludo
polished with a measured voice, having learned how to scrape away at
unhealthy habits and to fix blame in a noble game
Verba togae sequeris, iunctura callidus acri,
You will follow the words of the Toga, clever and sharp juxtaposition,
Poppysma, -atis (neuter): Third-Declension Noun. The smacking or clicking of the lips; used especially in instances of satisfaction or approbation.