Sed fortes tremuere manus, motique verenda
(Lucan. iii. 419). "Is it true" (said Augustus to a veteran
of Italy, at whose house he supped) "that the man who gave
the first blow to the golden statue of Anaitis was instantly
deprived of his eyes and of his life?" - "I was that man"
(replied the near-sighted veteran), "and you now sup on one
of the legs of the goddess." (Plin. Hist. Natur. cxxiii.
Majestate loci, si robora sacra ferirent
In sua credebant redituras membra secures.
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