The Satires of A. Persius Flaccus
: ...( Xen., Comm., 2, 1, 20), and alluded to again by our author, 5, 34 . Hence this letter was called the Pythagorean; Auson., Id., 12, de litt. monos., 9: Pythagorae bivium ramis patet ambiguis (comp. also Id., 15, 1: quod vitae sectabor iter?) Hence the rami Samii above. 'The stem stands for the unconscious life of infancy and childhood, the diverging branches for the alternative offered to the youth, virtue or vice' (Conington). 57. surgentem: The path to the right is the surgens callis of 131 Persius, the of Hesiod . The character itself points upward, and the right-hand path is a clear-cut line (limes), so that there is no mistaking the road, unless you are bent on following Shakspeare's 'primrose path of dalliance, ' instead of 'the steep and thorny path to heaven.' 58. stertis adhuc: The preacher finds his audience still snoring, despite his eloquence. As stertis can not be divorced from what follows, it is better to take it as an exclamation than as a rhetorical question.
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