BECAUSE YOU ARE performing all alone so many great tasks, defending Italy's interests with arms, morally enriching her and reforming her with laws, I should sin against the good of the state if I took up your time with a lengthy discourse, Caesar.
(5) When after their enormous achievements Romulus, Father Liber, and Pollux along with Castor were received into their temples as gods, they loudly lamented that during their sojourn on earth succouring mankind, settling bitter wars, assigning territories, and founding towns, their acclaim had not matched their hopes or their merits. He who crushed the dreaded Hydra and subdued infamous monsters with his fateful labour, found envy overcome only at the hour of death. One who soars above those talents that lie beneath his own scorches them with a brilliance all his own, but will be loved when dead and gone. Upon you do we heap timely honours while still among us, rearing altars to swear oaths upon by your divinity, acknowledging that nothing like yourself has arisen before, or ever shall again.
(18) But this very people of yours, wise and just on the one hand in extolling you above our leaders and those of the Greeks, reckons everything else by a completely different standard of measure and loathes and disdains things that have not departed the earth and had their day. Such devotees of antiquity are they, that they go on dictating the Tables that