Our frantic Forum, and Public Record Office.
Insanumque forum aut populi tabulavia vidit.
Virgil, Georgics., Book II, line 501, Virgil's Georgics, trans. Smith Palmer Bovie, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1956, p. 52.
TIME: Sometime before Virgil's day (ca. 70 B.C.)
CIRCUMSTANCE: Virgil compares the tranquility of the land with the municipal racket.
Such was the life that golden Saturn lived upon earth:
Mankind had not yet heard the bugle bellow for war,
Not yet heard the clank of the sword on the hard anvil.
Virgil, Georgics, Book II, lines 538-540, trans. C. Day Lewis. The Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, Doubleday, New York, 1964.
TIME: Before the time of Virgil
CIRCUMSTANCE: Virgil looks back to an idyllic time before the Age of Wars.
When threshing-floors groan heavily under the pounding flail
And empty chaff is wafted about on a freshening west wind.
Cum graviter tunsis gemit area frugibus, et cum
surgentem ad Zephyrum paleae iactantur inanes.
Virgil, Georgics, Book III, lines 132-134, trans. C. Day Lewis. The Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, Doubleday, New York, 1964.
TIME: Virgil's time (ca. 70 B.C.)