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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Horace and his lawyer

The distinguished jurist Gaius Trebatius Testa (I century B.C.), warned the sublime poet Horace, his great friend, the rigor of the laws to which it was likely to meet with his biting satire.

- "If a man has composed bad verses  against someone, he will be taken to court and sentenced" - said the careful lawyer  to his friend.

- "All right!" - Horace replied - "But if someone had written   good verses also pleased to publict?"

- "Then even the tables of the law would melt with laughter and solved you would go to home!" - Concluded the great jurist reassuring his poet friend.

Here's how I imagined the dialogue between the two, freely
translatingfrom the First Satire of the Second Book of the Satires of the great poet Horace:

Gaius Trebatius Testa- ” Si mala condiderit in quem quis carmina, ius est iudiciumque!”- ego tibi moneo Horatius
Quintus Flaccus Horatius – ” Esto, siquis mala, docte Trebati; sed bona siquis judice condiderit?”
Gaius Trebatius Testa: – ” Solventur risu tabulae, tu missus abisis laudatus Flaccus.

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