ies imprudentia (subject of pervertit
) and governs the indirect statement meos
esse familiares . pervertit: "ruined, destroyed."
Quodsi: "But if"; common in B.
< Anaxagoras , an Ionian philosopher
and friend of Pericles; he left Athens c. 432 B.C. (or c.
450?) after a charge of impiety was raised against him. Zenonis tormenta: The steadfastness under
torture of Zeno of Elea (born
c. 490 B.C., disciple of Parmenides; cf.
1P1.10) was proverbial, but different versions of the story gave
different names for the torturer. novisti: < nosco ,
"learn." The perfect means "to know" (i.e., "to have learned"). at: "yet, on the other hand."
Canios: Canius was killed by
the emperor Gaius (= Caligula, who reigned 37-41 A.D.); see 1.P4.27 for an anecdote on his fate. The plurals are
used only to generalize the fate of philosophers. Senecas: L.