Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cicero's Lares

Cicero is not one of my personal favourites, but he should be represented here non the less. Here's a short passage where he mention his penates and lares.

A household lar from the Campanian region.

"But they who caught the infection and polluted themselves with any partnership in the plunder, or in the purchase of anything, were not able to escape every sort of condemnation, whether public or private. Of this property then, of which no one touched a single thing without being accounted in every one's opinion one of the wickedest of men, did the immortal gods covet my house? Did that beautiful Liberty of yours turn out my household gods [i.e. Penates] and the eternal divinities [i.e. Lares] of my hearth, in order to be established there herself by you, as if in a conquered country?"

Cicero - de Domo sua (on his house) 108
Translated by C. D. Yonge

1 comment:

Björn Nilsson said...

Poor Cicero, who likes him? Have you read Saylor¨s novels about the Roman detective Gordianus? Cicero is present in some of these stories, and the picture of him ... well, an able guy but not the first one to like!