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Valerius Maximus

pulcherrimo consumpto nomen eius per totum terrarum orbem disiceretur; quem quidem mentis furorem eculeo impositus detexit. ac bene consuluerant Ephesii decreto memoriam taeterrimi hominis abolendo, nisi Theopompi magnae facundiae ingenium historiis eum suis comprehendisset.

15. Quae Cuique Magnifica Contigerunt

praef.Candidis autem animis voluptatem praebuerint in conspicuo posita quae cuique magnifica merito contigerunt, quia aeque praemiorum virtutis atque operum contemplatio iucunda96 est, ipsa Natura nobis alacritatem sumministrante, cum honorem industrie appeti et exsolvi grate videmus. verum etsi mens hoc loco protinus ad Augustam domum, beneficentissimum et honoratissimum templum, omni impetu fertur, melius cohibebitur, quoniam cui ascensus in caelum patet, quamvis maxima, debito tamen minora sunt quae in terris tribuuntur.

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Superiori Africano consulatus citerior legitimo tempore datus est, quod fieri oportere exercitus senatum litteris admonuit. ita nescias utrum illi plus decoris patrum conscriptorum auctoritas an militum consilium adiecerit: toga enim Scipionem ducem adversus Poenos creavit, arma poposcerunt. cui quae in vita praecipua adsignata

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Diana so that through the destruction of this most beautiful building his name might be spread through the whole world. This madness he unveiled when put upon the rack. The Ephesians had wisely abolished the memory of the villain by decree, but Theopompus’ eloquent genius included him in his history.13

15. Of Distinction Falling to Individuals

Distinctions fallen deservedly to individuals would give pleasure to candid minds when placed conspicuously in view, because contemplation of the rewards of virtue and of its works is equally pleasing; for Nature herself gives us good cheer when we see honour strenuously sought and gratefully paid. But although the mind at this point is carried by its every impulse straight to the house of Augustus, a temple most beneficent and most honoured, it will better be held in check, since to him for whom ascent to heaven lies open earthly tributes, no matter how great, are still below his desert.

The Consulate was given to the elder Africanus before the legal time; the army admonished the senate by letter that this ought to be done. So it is hard to say whether the authority of the Conscript Fathers or the counsel of the soldiers did him more honour; the gown made Scipio commander against the Carthaginians, but arms demanded him.1 The distinctions accorded to him in life would take

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.valerius_maximus-memorable_doings_sayings.2000