His mind floated away from the classroom when a shrill voice brought him back. 'Sir, please, sir, what does "due course" mean? James reflected. 'Alter it to "immediately," he said. 'Balbus is a great man, he wrote on the blackboard.
You, Balbus, seemed to agree with me that the honors which they received were not from their being regarded as immortals, but as men richly endued with virtue. But if you think Latona a Goddess, how can you avoid admitting Hecate to be one also, who was the daughter of Asteria, Latona's sister? Certainly she is one, if we may judge by the altars erected to her in Greece.
But you must bring me to your opinion by the force of your reason: for I have a right to demand from you, as a philosopher, a reason for the religion which you would have me embrace. But I must believe the religion of our ancestors without any proof. III. What proof, says Balbus, do you require of me? You have proposed, says Cotta, four articles.
The close friendship between Cicero and the young man Cælius was one of the singular details of the orator's life. Balbus was a Spaniard, attached to Cæsar, and remarkable as having been the first man not an Italian who achieved the honor of the Consulship.
On the 19th he was closeted with Philippus till one o'clock in the afternoon. No one was admitted. He was going over accounts with Balbus, I fancy. After this he took a stroll on the shore. Then came the bath. He dressed for dinner and sat down. As he was under a course of medicine, he ate and drank without apprehension and in the pleasantest humor.
So into the house he went, and the first person he found was Hazel, who was knitting her pretty forehead over the Latin exercise which had been given her as a holiday task. 'I say, Hazel, he said, with a trembling voice; but she interrupted him: 'Oh, perhaps you can help me. What's the Latin for "Balbus says it is all over with the General"? He shivered; it sounded so like an omen.
XL. Balbus, observing that Cotta had finished his discourse You have been very severe, says he, against a Divine Providence, a doctrine established by the Stoics with piety and wisdom; but, as it grows too late, I shall defer my answer to another day.
"There thou shalt receive due homage," said Balbus, as he placed his hand on the shoulder of Jesus, and marched him out of the chamber. Then said Caiaphas exultingly, "We are approaching the goal. Now, however, resolute steps are necessary." The priests and Pharisees cried together, "We will not rest until he is brought to death."
However, I can produce a third tag in the same language, which is worth consideration. Si vis amare bellum, para bellum said by Quintus Balbus the Younger five minutes before he was called a pro-Carthaginian. There seems to be something in it. I have been told by women that it is great fun putting on a new frock, but I understand that they like going out in it afterwards.
And of the truth of what they say I cannot speak; but I think he is Bacchus the Redeemer, who, as you, Balbus, know, was no wanton reveller in lasciviousness, but a very god of great benevolence and of wisdom truly dark and awful. And to those he touched tongues were given and soothsaying, and to many the transports of inspiration and divine madness, as of poets and rhapsodists.