Macrobius, in his Saturnalia, undertakes to prove that all the gods of Paganism may be reduced to the sun. "Varro de religionibus loquens, evidenter dicit, multa esse vera, quae vulgo scire non sit utile; multaque, quae tametsi falsa sint, aliter existimare populum expediat." St. AUGUSTINE, De Civil. Dei.
Twelvethly, the judgemente of Gerardus Mercator, that excellent geographer, which his sonne, Rumolde Mercator, shewed me in a letter of his, and drewe oute for me in writinge, of wise men is not lightly to be regarded. These were his wordes: Magna tametsi pauca de noua nauigatione scribis, quam miror ante multos annos non fuisse attentatam.
"Then let her teach it to her, and if it succeeded by the young Lord of Wolgast, she would have both rings; if not, but one." Illa. "It would succeed without doubt; if his young wife had no promise of offspring as yet, she would remain childless for ever." Summa. Et ego testis adfui tametsi in actis de industria hand notatis.
Bishop Spotswood allegeth his words anent the abolishing of these festival days, thus: Ego neque suasor neque impulsor fui, atque hoc testatum volo, si mihi delata optio, &c. Whereas the words in that epistle lie thus: Ego tametsi neque suasor, neque impulsor fui, sic tamen accidisse non moleste fero. Quod si statum nostrae ecclesiae aeque compertum haberes, non dubitares meo judicio subscribere.
Some of his fragments show the same sceptical tendencies that are prominent in Ennius. Pacuvius either improved his later style, or else confined its worst points to his tragedies, for nothing can be more classical and elegant than his epitaph, which is couched in diction as refined as that of Terence Adulescens, tametsi properas, te hoc saxum vocat Ut sese aspicias, delude quod scriptumst legas.
CIVIUM: 'fellow-countrymen'; perceperat: 'had grasped' or 'mastered'. QUI ... SOLITUM: 'that he often addressed as Lysimachus some one who for all that was Aristides'. The direct object of salutare is omitted. For qui = tametsi is cf. Att. 1, 13, 3 nosmet ipsi, qui Lycurgei fuissemus, cotidie demitigamur; also De Or. 1, 82. LYSIMACHUM: for ut L. or pro Lysimacho.