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Bill Thayer

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Sayings of Romans
(Apophthegmata Romana)


The work appears in pp154‑237 of Vol. III of the Loeb Classical Library's edition of the Moralia, first published in 1931. The Greek text and the English translation (by F. C. Babbitt) are now in the public domain pursuant to the 1978 revision of the U. S. Copyright Code, since the copyright expired in 1959 and was not renewed at the appropriate time, which would have been that year or the year before. (Details here on the copyright law involved.)

The Text on LacusCurtius

This site is a transcription of the English translation of Plutarch's work by Frank Cole Babbitt as printed in pp154‑237 of Vol. III of the Loeb Classical Library edition of the Moralia, published in 1931. I have no intention of transcribing the original Greek text: the paucity of readers of ancient Greek out there make it a case of diminishing returns.

As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if success­ful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

To make for shorter, more manageable webpages, I split the work into two; so the titles "Part 1" and "Part 2" are mine just for this Web transcription then, and not part of any citation, of course.

This transcription has been minutely proofread. In the little table of contents below, the sections are therefore shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme. Should you spot an error, however . . . please do report it.

On this site, only the English translations:

Part 2

Metellus (201F-202A)

Gaius Marius (202A‑D)

Catulus Lutatius (202E)

Sulla (202E)

Gaius Popillius (202F‑203A)

Lucullus (203A‑B)

Gnaeus Pompey (203B‑204E)

Cicero (204E‑205F)

Gaius Caesar (205F‑206F)

Caesar Augustus (206F‑208A)

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The background of the icon I use to indicate this work is in the same hue of purple I use in the Roman Gazetteer section of the site as the background for Roman monuments of the Imperial period, to which our author belongs; the motif of the icon itself is a detail of a carved frieze in the Vatican Museums, probably from a triumphal arch or similar monument, roughly contemporaneous with Plutarch.

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Page updated: 29 May 16