Question and answer

Horace, ever wise, asks sensible questions, such as:

‘Who, then, is sane?’  /  Quisnam igitur sanus?

His answer seems simple:

He who is no fool / Qui non stultus.

Which may imply that being sane requires no more than an absence of folly, which at first glance could look like setting the bar low.  On the other hand, his ‘He who is no fool’ prompts the question, ‘And who is no fool?’ (Qui non stultus?)

Hard pressed to answer that one!

Round and round the question, like a fool I go,

One fool, two fools, we’re all of us fools you know…

While we’re circling with Horace, allow me to share with you our celebration of a beststellar book celebrating Horace: Harry Eyres’ superb Horace and Me.

Source: Horace (65-8 BC), Satires, in Satires, Epistles and Ars Poetica, trans. by H. Rushton Fairclough, Loeb (London: Heinemann; New York: Putnam, 1926), 2.3.158


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