Caecilius Statius

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Statius Caecilius, also known as Caecilius Statius (c. 220 – c. 166 BC), was a Celtic Roman comic poet.


  • Tum in senectute hoc deputo miserrimum,
    Sentire ea aetate eumpse esse odiosum alteri.
    • And then this is what I think is the wretchedest thing in old age—when a man feels that at that time of life he himself is an object of loathing to his neighbour.
      • Ephesio, fragment 1, as quoted by Nonius, 1, 2
      • Cp. Cicero, De Senectute, 8, 25
  • Facile aerumnam ferre possum, si inde abest iniuria:
    Etiam iniuriam, nisi contra constat contumelia.
    • Men can easily bear hardship if there is no injury with it; and they can bear even an injury, unless they have to face insults also.
      • Fallacia ('The Fraud'), fragment 4; as quoted by Nonius, 430, 10
  • Hi sunt inimici pessumi fronte hilaro corde tristi.
    • For the worst of foes are those that have bright faces, gloomy hearts.
      • Hypobolimaeus ('The Changeling'), fragment 5; as quoted by Gellius, XV, 9, 1
      • Cp. Nonius, 205, 1–2
  • Placere occepit graviter, post quam emortuast.
    • She began to please me mightily after she was dead and gone.
      • Plocium ('The Little Necklace'), fragment 3; as quoted by Nonius, 314, 21
  • Edepol, senectus, si nil quicquam aliud viti
    Adportes tecum, cum advenis, unum id sat est,
    Quod diu vivendo multa quae non volt videt.
    • Ah! By heaven, Old Age, if there's no other mischief which you bring with you when you come—well—this one's quite enough—that a man by living long sees many things he doesn't want.
      • Plocium, fragment 9; as quoted by Cicero, De Senectute, 8, 25
      • Cp. Nonius, 247, 4 (Caecilius Plocio); with edepol cp. egad
  • Vivas ut possis, quando nec quis ut velis.
    • Live as you may, since you can't as you'd like.
      • Plocium, fragment 11; as quoted by Donatus, Commentum ad Andriam Terenti, IV, 5, 10
  • Serit arbores, quae saeclo prosint alteri.
    • He sows the seed of trees that they may be a profit to another age.
      • Synephebi ('Comrades in Youth'), fragment 2; as quoted by Cicero, De Senectute, 7, 24
      • Cf. Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes, I, 14, 31
      • Eugene S. McCartney, "Arbores Quae Alteri Saeculo Prosint", The Classical Journal, vol. 41, no. 2 (1945), pp. 75–78
  • In civitate fiunt facinora capitalia:
    Nam ab amico amante argentum accipere meretrix noenu volt.
    • Capital crimes are being committed in this State; for there's a whore who doesn't want to take money from a love-sick sweetheart.
      • Synephebi, fragment 3; as quoted by Cicero, De Natura Deorum, I, 6, 13
  • Deum qui non summum putet
    Aut stultum aut rerum esse inperitum existumem.
    Cui in manu sit, quern esse dementem velit,
    Quem sapere, quern insanire, quem in morbum inici.
    • The man who does not believe that Love is the greatest of gods, I should think he's either a fool or else untried in worldly affairs. It is in his power to make mad whom he will, to make him wise or crazed, or cast him straight into disease.
      • Ex incertis fabulis, 15; as quoted by Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes, IV, 32, 68
  • Homo homini deus est, si suum officium sciat.
    • Man to man is a god if he knows his job.
      • Ex incertis fabulis, 16; as quoted by Symmachus, Epistulae, IX, 114


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