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In temerarios.

The reckless

Aspicis aurigam currus Phaëtonta[1] paterni
Ignivomos ausum flectere Solis equos.
Maxima qui postquŕm terris incendia sparsit:
Est temerč insesso lapsus ab axe miser.
Sic plerique rotis Fortunae ad sydera Reges
Evecti: ambitio quos iuvenilis agit:
Post magnam humani generis clademque suamque,
Cunctorum poenas denique dant scelerum.

You see here Phaethon, driving his father's chariot, and daring to guide the fire-breathing steeds of the Sun. After spreading great conflagrations over the earth, the wretched boy fell from the car he had so rashly mounted. - Even so, the majority of kings are borne up to heaven on the wheels of Fortune, driven by youth's ambition. After they have brought great disaster on the human race and themselves, they finally pay the penalty for all their crimes.

Notes:

1.  Phaethon, the son of Apollo, the sun-god. The myth referred to here is told in Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.748 - 2.349. Both Phaethon and Icarus (see [A50a103]) are types of those who aim too high and do not recognise their proper sphere.


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Temeritas.

Rashness

In praeceps rapitur, frustra quoque tendit habenas
Auriga: effraeni quem vehit oris equus.
Haud facilč huic credas, ratio quem nulla gubernat,
Et temerč proprio ducitur arbitrio.[1]

A driver pulled by a horse whose mouth does not respond to the bridle is rushed headlong and in vain drags on the reins. You cannot readily trust one whom no reason governs, one who is heedlessly taken where his fancy goes.

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1.  In general see Plato’s image of the chariot of the soul, Phaedrus, 246, as indicated in the commentary in other editions.


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