IV[4arg] How Quintus Ennius rivalled 1 certain verses of Euripides.
IN the Hecuba of Euripides there are some verses remarkable and brilliant in their diction, their thought and their terseness. Hecuba is speaking to Ulysses: 2 [p. 309]
Thine high repute, how ill soe'er thou speak'st,These verses Quintus Ennius, when he translated that tragedy, rivalled with no little success. The verses of Ennius are the same in number, as follows: 3
Shall sway them; for the same speech carrieth not
Like weight from men contemned and men revered.
Though thou speak'st ill, thou wilt the Achivi sway;Ennius, as I have said, did well; but yet ignobiles and opulenti do not seem to express the full force of ἀδοξούντων and δοκούντων; for not all who are obscure are contemned, nor are the great all revered.
The selfsame words and speech have other weight
When spoken by the great and by the obscure.