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"No one knows what he can do until he tries." -- Publilius Syrus
Publilius (less correctly Publius) Syrus, a Latin writer of maxim, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him.

His mimes, in which he acted himself, had a great success in the provincial towns of Italy and at the games given by Caesar in 46 BC. Publilius was perhaps even more famous as an improviser, and received from Caesar himself the prize in a contest in which he vanquished all his competitors, including the celebrated Decimus Laberius.

All that remains of his works is a collection of Sentences (Sententiae), a series of moral maxims in iambic and trochaic verse. This collection must have been made at a very early date, since it was known to Aulus Gellius in the 2nd century AD. Each maxim consists of a single verse, and the verses are arranged in alphabetical order according to their initial letters. In the course of time the collection was interpolated with sentences drawn from other writers, especially from apocryphal writings of Seneca; the number of genuine verses is about 700. They include many pithy sayings, such as the famous "judex damnatur ubi nocens absolvitur" ("The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted") adopted as its motto by the Edinburgh Review.

As of 1911, the best texts of the Sentences were those of Eduard Wölfflin (1869), A. Spengel (1874), and Wilhelm Meyer (1880), with complete critical apparatus and index verborum; editions with notes by O. Friedrich (1880), R. A. H. Bickford-Smith (1895), with full bibliography; see also W. Meyer, Die Sammlungen der Spruchverse des Publilius Syrus (1877), an important work.

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Total Books: 5
The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus A Roman Slave
The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus A Roman Slave
2014 - The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus a Roman Slave (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781614276661
ISBN-10: 1614276668
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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L Annaei Senecae Et P Syri Mimi Forsan Etiam Aliorum Singulares Sententiae
2009 - L Annaei Senecae Et P Syri Mimi Forsan Etiam Aliorum Singulares Sententiae [1727 - Latin Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104878337
ISBN-10: 110487833X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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L Annaei Senecae Et P Syri Mimi Forsan Etiam Aliorum Singulares Sententiae
2009 - L Annaei Senecae Et P Syri Mimi Forsan Etiam Aliorum Singulares Sententiae [1727 - Latin Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104981624
ISBN-10: 1104981629
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Minor Latin Poets Vol 1
1934 - Minor Latin Poets Vol 1 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674993143
ISBN-10: 0674993144
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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