of those men occupied in studies which, though not
so exacting, yet demand keenness of intellect?
How Naevius used to revel in his Punic War!
and Plautus in his Savage
saw Livius Andronicus when he was an old man,
who, though he brought out a play in the consulship
of Cento and Tuditanus, six years before I was born,
yet continued to live until I was a young man.
Why need I speak of the zeal of Publius Licinius
Crassus in pontifical and civil law, or of that of
the present Publius Scipio, who was elected Chief
Pontiff only a few days ago? And yet I have seen
all these men whom I have mentioned, ardent in
their several callings after they had grown old. Then
too, there was Marcus Cethegus, whom Ennius
justly styled “the marrow of eloquence.”1
enthusiasm I saw him also display in his public
speeches, although he Was an old man! Therefore,
how can the pleasures of feasting, plays, and brothels
be compared with the pleasures which these men
enjoyed? But theirs was a zeal for learning, and
this zeal, at least in the case of wise and well-trained
men, advances in even pace with age; so that there
is truth in what Solon says in a certain bit of verse,
already mentioned, that, as he grew old, he learned
many things every day; and surely there can be no
greater pleasure than the pleasures of the mind.