Papal Ovidiana

Interesting excerpt from an item at the BBC:

Standing on a balcony during his visit to Rome’s City Hall, built over the site of a long vanished temple, Benedict sympathised with the plight of modern Romans who are losing jobs and suffering from the economic downturn just like everyone else.

The “Scholar-Pope” was unable to resist the temptation of quoting a line written in Latin, not from the Bible, but by the Roman poet Ovid 2,000 years ago: “Perfer et obdura: multo graviora tulisti.”

“Endure and resist,” he urged. “In the past you have overcome much more difficult situations.”

That’s Tristia 5.11.7 for those of you keeping score at home …

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