with imperet .
Qua . . . parte: "where." beatos faciens: almost the
equivalent of a relative clause modifying potestas
. hac: "there,"
correlated with qua . . . parte above.
Expertus: "having experienced,
known"; governs genitive ( periculorum ).
metus: accusative plural.
The "sword of Damocles" (hung by the tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse
[405-367 B.C.]) was
aculeos: "stings, barbs." vellent vixisse: "they would have
liked to have lived . . ." Subject must be supplied from the exempla of sec. 2, hence the past potential
subjunctive and perfect infinitive.
qui satellite latus ambit: "who
surrounds [his] flank ( latus ) with a