The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave by Publius Syrus

The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave

byPublius Syrus, Darius Lyman

Kobo ebook | August 5, 2015

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The philosophy of the ancient Syrian-Roman Publius Syrus defies easy categorization. Part Stoic, part Epicurean, and even part Sceptic and Cynic, the wit and wisdom of this former slave turned playwright transcends doctrine and embraces humanism. His celebrated dramatic works are all but lost – what remains is a collection of over one thousand one-line quotations known as The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus – A Roman Slave. With a brevity and insight that would make Oscar Wilde proud, Syrus summarizes an astonishing range of human emotions in his memorable epigrams. Some of the topics may be antiquated but the insight is timeless. We don’t need to have attended the Roman Games to appreciate the line:

The gladiator lays his plans after he enters the arena.

Here are some more:

The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.

No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.

The judge is condemned, when the criminal is acquitted.

Never promise more than you can perform.

Prosperity has no power over adversity.

Also included is a brief biography of Publius Syrus and an image gallery.

Title:The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman SlaveFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 5, 2015Publisher:Enhanced E-BooksLanguage:English

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