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A Reading from Augustinus, Confessions VI.8

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Alypius, non sane reliquens viam demonstratam sibi a parentibus, Romam praecesserat, ut ius disceret. Ibi incredibili gladiatorii spectaculi studio incredibiliter arreptus est. Cum enim vitaret et detestaretur talia, quibusdam eius amicis et condiscipulis forte de prandio redeuntibus occurrit.

Illi eum recusantem vehementer et resistentem familiari violentia duxerunt in amphitheatrum diebus ludorum crudelium et funestorum, haec dicentem: "Sic corpus meum in locus illum trahitis, num et animum et oculos meos in illa spectacula potestis intendere? Adero sed animus aberit, ac sic et vos et illa superabo." Quibus auditis, illi vehementius eum adduxerunt secum, id ipsum forte explorare cupientes, utrum. posset efficere.

Quo ubi advenerunt et sedibus locati sunt, fervebant omnia immanissimis voluptatibus. Ille oculos clausit, quia in tanta mala animum suum procedere nolebat. Debuit etiam aures claudere! Nam quodam pugnae casu cum clamor ingens totius populi vehementer eum pulsavisset, curiositate victus et paratus, quidquid illud esset, etiam visum contemnere et vincere, oculos aperuit.

Statim percussus est graviore vulnere in anima quam in corpore ille gladiator, quem videre cupivit, ceciditque miserabilius quam ille, quo cadente factus est clamor. Ut enim vidit illum sanguinem, crudelitatem simul bibit. Non se avertit, sed diligenter spectabit. Hauriebat furias et nesciebat, et delectebatur scelere certaminis, et sanguinea voluptate inebriebatur. Nec erat iam ille, qui venerat, sed unus de turba ad quam venerat, et verus eorum socius, a quibus adductus erat.

Quid plura? Spectavit, clamavit, exarsit, abstulit inde secuminsaniam, qua excitabatur redire, non tantum cum illis, a quibus adductus erat, sed etaim prae illis et alios trahens.

Quaestiones:

  1. Why did Alypius go to Rome?
  2. Whom did he meet when he first arrived and what did they do?
  3. What was his reaction to the games? Be explicit.

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Compare Alypius' initial attitude toward the games and what he says to his friends about them with his attitude and actions after he begins to watch them. What do you think accounts for this change in his attitude? Can you think of any modern day analogies?

Footnotes

  1. sane = Certainly not
  2. praecesserat = praecedo, -ere, -cessi,-cessus to go somewhere before someone else does, to precede in going
  3. disceret = in order to learn
  4. talia = such things
  5. condiscipulis = fellow students
  6. prandio = prandium, -I n. lunch
  7. recusantem = recuso (1) to object, protest
  8. familiari = friendly (adjective)
  9. funestorum = funestus-a-um deadly, murderous
  10. intendere = intendere- to direct...
  11. explorare = to test, try to find out
  12. cupientes = desiring or wishing
  13. utrum = whether
  14. efficere = to bring about (live up to his boast)
  15. fervebant = ferveo, -ere, ferbui --- to boil, seethe
  16. immanissimis = immanis -is -e - huge, brutal, savage
  17. casu = casus, -us m. fall Casus Belli- in English, describes the actual deed that brought about a war vs. causae belli which are the underlying conditions without which the casus belli could not have occurred. E.G. Slavery, economic conditions are but two of the causae belli but the deed that began the Civil War was the firing on Ft. Sumter, thus it was the casus belli. Good to use in history class! Quodam pugnae casu…at the fall (of a gladiator) in a match)
  18. pulsavisset = pulso(1) to strike, beat
  19. quidquid illud esset = quidquid illud esset - whatever it might be
  20. contemnere = to despise, disregard
  21. anima = soul, spirit
  22. cadente = ablative absolute
  23. Hauriebat = haurire - to drink, draw (water)
  24. voluptate = voluptas, -tatis f. pleasure
  25. inebriebatur = inebrio (1) to make drunk, intoxicate
  26. exarsit = exardesco, -ere, exarsi --- to catch on fire, burst into flame

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