Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings

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Valerius Maximus

Liber Nonus

1. De Luxuria Et Libidine

praef.Blandum etiam malum Luxuria, quam accusare aliquanto facilius est quam vitare, operi nostro inseratur, non quidem ut ullum honorem recipiat, sed ut se ipsam recognoscens ad paenitentiam impelli possit. iungatur illi Libido, quoniam ex iisdem vitiorum principiis oritur, neque aut a reprehensione aut ab emendatione separentur, gemino mentis errore conexae.

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C. Sergius Orata pensilia balnea primus facere instituit. quae impensa <a>1 levibus initiis coepta ad suspensa2 caldae aquae tantum non aequora penetravit. idem, videlicet ne gulam Neptuni arbitrio subiectam haberet, peculiaria sibi maria excogitavit, aestuariis intercipiendo fluctus, pisciumque diversos greges separatim molibus includendo, ut nulla tam saeva tempestas inciderit qua non Oratae mensae varietate ferculorum abundarent. aedificiis etiam spatiosis et excelsis deserta ad id tempus ora Lucrini lacus pressit, quo recentiore usu conchyliorum frueretur: ubi <dum>3 se publicae aquae cupidius immergit, cum Considio publicano iudicium nanctus est. in quo L. Crassus, adversus illum causam agens, errare amicum

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Book IX

Book IX

1. Of Luxury and Lust

Let Luxury, that cozening evil, which is somewhat more easily denounced than avoided, be introduced into our work, not to receive any honour but so that recognizing herself she may perhaps be impelled to repentance. Let Lust be joined to her, since she arises from the same vicious origins, and let them not be separated either by way of blame or by way of amendment, connected as they are by a twin psychic error.

C. Sergius Orata was the first to make hanging baths. This expense, starting from small beginnings, went nearly so far as suspended seas of hot water. The same, unwilling it would seem to have his appetite subject to the control of Neptune, devised private seas for himself, intercepting the waves by means of inlets and enclosing different shoals of fish with separate dams, so that no weather could be so rough but that Orata’s tables abounded in a variety of dishes. He also covered the mouth of the Lucrine lake, hitherto deserted, with spacious, lofty buildings, so as to enjoy the shellfish fresher. Plunging too greedily into public water, he got himself a lawsuit with the contractor Considius, in which L. Crassus, who was appearing against the latter, said that his friend Considius was mistaken in

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.valerius_maximus-memorable_doings_sayings.2000