Accius, Historical Plays in Roman Dress

LCL 314: 556-557

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Nonius, 257, 53: ‘Callet’ significat scit . . . —

Fabius

quod periti sumus in vita atque usu callemus magis. 10

Nonius, 123, 12: ‘Ignavavit,’ id est ignavum fecit . . . —

Decius

Fateor, sed saepe ignavavit fortem ex spe expectatio.

Cp. Non., 126, 17.

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Nonius, 139, 22: ‘Minitabiliter’ pro minaciter . . . —

Chorus

. . . Caleti voce canora fremitu peragrant minitabiliter. 13

Nonius, 504, 30: ‘Sonit’ pro sonat . . . —

Clamore et gemitu templum resonit caelitum.

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Historical Plays in Roman Dress

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An indecisive battle follows. Debate between Decius and Fabius, who claims the greater experience:

Nonius: ‘Callet’ (is thick-skinned, hardened) means knows . . .—

Fabius

Because we’re skilled in life, and by experience Are hardened more. 10

Retort of Decius, who decides to attach:

Nonius: ‘Ignavavit,’ that is, has made ‘ignavus’. . .—

Decius I do confess it; yes, but hope that’s hope Deferreda has oft dispirited strong men. 11–12

Advance of the Gauls:

Nonius: ‘Minitabiliter’ for ‘minaciter’. . .—

Chorus Hooting with songful voices threateningly Marchb the Caleti . . . 13

The fighting:

Nonius: ‘Sonit’ for ‘sonat’ . . .—

With shouts and groans resounds the heavenly precinct.c

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.accius-historical_plays_roman_dress.1936