Masterpieces of Latin Literature: Terence: Lucretius: Catullus: Virgil: Horace: Tibullus: Propertius: Ovid: Petronius: Martial: Juvenal: Cicero: Caesar: Livy: Tacitus: Pliny the Younger: Apuleius; with Biographical Sketches and Notes

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TO C. TREBATIUS TESTA, IN GAUL

( Fam. VII., 16.)

ROME, B. C. 54).

IN the "Trojan Horse,"1 just at the end, you remember the words, "Too late they learn wisdom." You, however, old man, were wise in time. Those first snappy2 letters of yours were foolish enough, and then . . .! I don't at all blame you for not being over-curious in regard to Britain.3 For the present, however, you seem to be in winter quarters somewhat short of warm clothing, and therefore not caring to stir out: --

"Not here and there, but everywhere, Be wise and ware: No sharper steel can warrior bear."

If I had been by way of dining out, I would not have failed your friend Cn. Octavius; to whom, however, I did remark upon his repeated invitations, "Pray, who are you?" But, by Hercules, joking apart, he is a pretty fellow: I could have wished you had taken him with you! Let me know for certain what you are doing and whether you intend coming to Italy at all this winter. Balbus has assured me that you will be rich. Whether he speaks after the simple Roman fashion, meaning that you will be well supplied with money, or according to the Stoic dictum, that "all are rich who can enjoy the sky and the earth," I shall know here

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1
A play by one of the earlier Roman dramatists, either Livius or Naevius.
2
The first letters written by Trebatius after going to Gaul seem to have been full of complaints.
3
Trebatius did not cross the Channel.

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