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Οὐ χρὴ παννύχιον ἕυδειν. &c.[1]

One should not sleep all night etc.

Exercitus curam gerens somno levis
Est, nec profundè dormiens.
Negotiosus semper, & paratior
Ad arma, primus prodiens.
Victorias celebres tulit Macedo vigil,
Laudes, trophaea maxima.
Sopore nunquam passus est se comprimi:
Sed altera globus manu
Detentus, aereum incidebat vasculum,
Quiete mox se colligens.
De Iulio fertur minus nec Caesare,
Ad singulas vigili vices.

Who exercises the command of an army has a light sleep and does not sleep deep. He is always full of activity and comes forward first completely ready for fighting. The watchful Macedonian [Alexander the Great] gained famous victories, praise, the biggest trophies. He never allowed himself to be restrained by a deep sleep, but having held a globe in one hand, it fell into a small bronze vessel, and soon after he pulled himself together from his sleep. The same is said of Caesar, who was watchful for each single situation.

Notes:

1.  Quotation, see Homer, Iliad, 2.23-25.



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