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On Thu, 12 Sep 96 15:04 MET DST Otfried Lieberknecht wrote:
> 
> Dear Steven,
> 
> If *I* were about to kill a bishop defending himself with long speeches, I
> would chose maybe something like "quidquid praecipies, esto brevis" (Ars
> poet. 335). Should I want to incite him to try a bit more effective
> self-defence, I might say: "vellunt tibi barbam / lascivi pueri, quos tu
> nisi fuste coerces, / urgueris turba circum te stante miserque / rumperis et
> latras" (Sat. I.iii.133ss.). An eventual attempt to escape would be
> countered by my words: "misere cupis (inquam) abire, / iamdudum video; sed
> nil agis; usque tenebo" (Sat. I.ix.14s.), or maybe, if I am in a less
> courteous mood: "quo tu, turpissime!" (ibd. 75). On the other hand, I might
> want to offer him some consolation, like: "quid refert, morbo an furtis
> pereasque rapinis" (Sat. II.iii.157, or almost), or "quid refert, uri virgis
> ferroque necari" (Sat. II.vii.58), if I had decided that he should get some
> beating first. And a good line to accompany the final stroke would be:
> "accipe quod numquam reddas mihi" (Sat. II.iii.66). I only wonder why you
> ever asked. Horace is full of appropriate verses to kill a bishop.
> 
> Yours,
> 
>   Otfried

Stop showing off, Otfried.  Oriens.




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