By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, April 22, 2013

More From Ovid

At the end of March, I posted various quotes from Ovid's Ars Amatoria (link).

Here are some more Ovid quotes for your pleasure:

1. "Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus": "The load is light which is carried well." (Amores I.ii.10).

2. "Fugere pudor verumque fidesque": "Chastity and truth and good faith fled." (Metamorphoses, Book I, line 129). This line describes the iron age of mankind as humanity degenerated from the golden, silver, and bronze ages. In the United States, I date the iron age to circa 1968, with premonitions of its arrival in the 1920's. I see the great good of the Civil Rights Movement as the last gasp of decency and idealism coming just before the iron age arrived in full force. Many do not realize this period is now "iron" because they are too young to remember or are and were simply oblivious to the moral earthquake that struck. We now have to reinvent the wheel for many of our friends in the iron age.

3. "Sterilem sperando nutrit amorem": "He nourishes his fruitless love by hoping." (Metamorhoses, Book I, line 496. This line refers to the god Apollo's love for Daphne.

4. "Pia sunt nullumque nefas oracula suadent": "The oracles/prophecies are holy and they urge nothing unlawful." (Metamorphoses, Book I, line 392. I recommend this line to all theologians, liturgists, canon lawyers, and the self-anointed, varied magisteria of the internet. For "oracles," we Christians can say "the Gospels." Nothing proposed by the Gospel is unlawful. If an interpretation of a particular law or doctrine seems to undermine the Gospel, the interpretation cannot be right. We need to think about the matter again--even if it is hard, time-consuming, and inconvenient to think again and even if it is much easier to be superficial and "shoot from the hip." This canon, this rule, of interpretation is supreme. And it is not antinomian at all: for the Gospel is the New Law that is universally and supremely binding.

(Image of Apollo and Daphne in public domain)