Friday, May 08, 2009

a.d. VIII Id. Mai.

MEMORĀBILE DICTŪ

Quidquid id est, timeō Danaōs et dōna ferentēs!
“Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even bringing gifts!” (Vergil, Aeneid, Book 2.49)

This is the exclamation that the poet Vergil places in the mouth of the Trojan priest Laocoön, who tries in vain to dissuade the Trojans from bringing into their city the huge wooden horse left, apparently as a gift, by the departing Greeks.

From Latin for the New Millennium