Ad Caesarem Senem De Re Publica Oratio
Under this heading is the quote "Faber est suae quisque fortunae" (Every man is the architect of his own fortune). In the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations this is ascribed to Appius Claudius Caecus, who is also given credit for these words in the article on him in Wikipedia. The Oxford entry, however, lists the source of the quote as the following:
'Sallust,' Epistulae ad Caesarem senem I.i.2.
I'm not sure why Sallust's name is in quotation marks here, or what would be his connection to these words of Caecus. Someone has created a stub for Appius Claudius Caecus. Should the quote be removed from Sallust? - InvisibleSun 16:09, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
- The source for this quote is Sallust Epistulae ad Caesarem senem I.i.2: Sed res docuit id verum esse, quod in carminibus Appius ait, fabrum esse suae quemque fortunae ("But experience has shown that to be true which Appius says in his verses, that every man is the architect of his own fortune"). The reference for that is sometimes given in older sources as Sallust Ad Caesarem senem de Re Publica Oratio i.2, and sometimes in more recent ones as Sallust Epistulae ad Caesarem senem II.i.2, such being the complicated history of the naming and numbering of that piece. Oxford puts quotation marks around Sallust because the attribution of the Oratio to him is disputed by some. Appius is indeed Appius Claudius Caecus. I'll amend this entry in the Sallust and Appius articles. Antiquary 22:06, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
Where we read "thus authority is always transferred from the less to the more deserving"... Isn't the meaning of the original phrase in Latin the opposite of that? I understood it like "authority is always transferred to the less deserving"...