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405 BC - 367 BC (search for this): book 3, sectio P5
with imperet . Qua . . . parte: "where." beatos faciens: almost the equivalent of a relative clause modifying potestas . hac: "there," correlated with qua . . . parte above. subintrat: "enters secretly." 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 already proverbial. 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 bodyguard." imbecillitatis: "weakness, helplessness." incolumi