Tuesday, November 10, 2009

a.d. IV Id. Nov.

MEMORĀBILE DICTŪ

Nūlla terra exsilium est sed altera patria.
“No land is a place of exile, but merely another native land.” (Seneca, About Remedies for Unexpected Grievances)

This thought is expressed in the Dē remediīs fortuītōrum, which is sometimes attributed to the first century CE Stoic philosopher Seneca. It articulates the characteristically Stoic idea that wise people who achieve harmony with themselves and with nature are at home anywhere. The sailors who accompanied Columbus to the New World, however, were unlikely to have been motivated by Stoic philosophy.

From Latin for the New Millennium