Monday, July 20, 2009

a.d. XIII Kal. Aug.

MEMORĀBILE DICTŪ

Imperium sine fīne.
“Empire without end.” (Vergil, Aeneid, Book 1.279)

Jupiter promises Aeneas’ mother Venus that he will bestow this gift upon the future Roman race. The idea of Rome as unending in time as well as space survives in the description of Rome as “the eternal city.”

From Latin for the New Millennium