Chapter 23
Live! From Ancient Rome!
In This Chapter
◆ Our country’s Latin
◆ Institutional mottoes
◆ Quotations through the ages
◆ Advice from the past
◆ Latin expressions in English
◆ Repartee for every occasion
Romans quoted Romans. The church fathers quoted Romans. The Renaissance writers quoted Romans. The Reformation writers and the Romantic writers quoted Romans. And so it went until we had books and books of Roman quotations.
We quote Roman writers for several reasons. First, what they said is often wise and useful. If we lived our lives according to all the precepts thought up by the Romans, we would all attain sainthood.
Second, we repeat what the Romans wrote because it reaffirms the frailty of mankind and makes us more sympathetic to our ...

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