Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? Quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? Quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia?
When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?
O tempora, o mores!
Oh, what times! Oh, what behaviour!
I love this fresco (even if it makes the depicted events far grander in appearance than they probably were in reality). This is also one of those events of Roman history (the begining of the fall of the Republic) that should give Americans pause. Why we all should study history to avoid repeating the same mistakes.
Ancient History: Cicero & the Catiline Conspiracy
Latin Library: The Conspiracy of Catiline
Camp of the Saints: Caesar or Cicero?