Mentula has something like thirty acres of meadow land, forty under cultivation:
the rest are as the sea. Why can he not surpass Croesus in wealth, he who in one
estate possesses so much? Meadow, arable land, immense woods, and open fields
and marshes, even to the uttermost north and to the Ocean sea! All things great
are here, yet is the owner most great beyond all; not a man, but in truth a
mentule mighty, menacing!
Catullus. The Carmina of Gaius Valerius Catullus. Leonard C. Smithers. London. Smithers. 1894.
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