Silius Italicus

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Make haste! The flood-tide of Fortune soon ebbs.

Silius Italicus (c. 28 – c. 103) was a Roman consul, orator, and Latin epic poet. His only surviving work is the 17-book Punica, an epic poem about the Second Punic War.



Silius Italicus, Punica, trans. J. D. Duff (Loeb Classical Library, 1934)
  • Ordior arma, quibus caelo se gloria tollit
    Aeneadum, patiturque ferox Oenotria iura
    • Here I begin the war by which the fame of the Aeneadae was raised to heaven and proud Carthage submitted to the rule of Italy.
      • Book I, lines 1–3
  • Metui demens credebat honorem.
    • He had the folly to believe that to be feared is glory.
      • Book I, line 149
  • Primus sumpsisse laborem.
    • He was ever first to undertake hardship.
      • Book I, line 242
  • Crede vigori
    femineo. Castum haud superat labor ullus amorem.
    • Doubt not a woman's hardihood; no danger is too great for wedded love to face.
      • Book III, lines 112–113
  • Abscisa relincunt
    membra gelu, fractosque asper rigor amputat artus.
    • Men leave arms and legs behind, severed by the frost, and the cruel cold cuts off the limbs already broken.
      • Book III, line 552–553
  • Blandoque veneno
    desidiae virtus paulatim evicta senescit.
    • And their manliness is slowly sapped and weakened by the seductive poison of indolence.
      • Book III, lines 580–581
  • Explorant adversa viros, perque aspera duro
    nititur ad laudem virtus interrita clivo.
    • Manhood is tested by trial, and valour climbs unterrified the rocky path and difficult ascent that leads to glory.
      • Book IV, lines 603–604
  • Pelle moras! Brevis est magni Fortuna favoris.
    • Make haste! The flood-tide of Fortune soon ebbs.
      • Book IV, line 732
  • Deforme sub armis
    vana superstitio est: dea sola in pectore Virtus
    bellantum viget.
    • Groundless superstition ill becomes an army; Valour is the only deity that rules in the warrior's breast.
      • Book V, lines 125–127
  • Aegris
    nil mouisse salus rebus.
    • Inaction is safety in peril.
      • Book VII, lines 395–396
  • Congesto laevae quodcumque avellitur auro
    metitur Latias victrix Carthago ruinas.
    • Victorious Carthage measures the downfall of Rome by all the heap of gold that was torn from the left hands of the slain.
      • Book VIII, lines 675–676
      • Note: This refers to the mass of rings Hannibal plundered from the Roman knights slain in the Battle of Cannae.
  • Stat nulla diu mortalibus usquam,
    Fortuna titubante, fides.
    • Nowhere do men remain loyal for long when Fortune proves unstable.
      • Book XI, lines 3–4
  • Pax optima rerum
    quas homini novisse datum est, pax una triumphis
    innumeris potior.
    • Peace is the best thing that man may know; peace alone is better than a thousand triumphs.
      • Book XI, lines 592–594
  • Ipsa quidem virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces.
    • Virtue is indeed its own noblest reward.
      • Book XIII, line 663

Quotes about Silius[edit]

  • Scribebat carmina maiore cura quam ingenio.
    • He wrote poetry with greater diligence than talent.

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