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[19] Quid nisi notitia. This verse, at first sight somewhat obscure, may be thus paraphrased: Quid tibi per praeclara tua facta comparavisti, nisi ut nune magis cognoscatur dedecus tuum?? 'What have you gained by all your mighty achievements, but the propagation of the fame of your degeneracy?' Marius, in Sallust's Jugurthine War, expresses himself nearly to the same effect: “Maiorum gloria posteris lumen est, neque mala eorum in occulto patitur.” 'The bravery of our ancestors does honor to their posterity; nor will it suffer their failings to be concealed from public notice.'

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