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All translations are © 1999-2000 by Ulysses K. Vestal.


Memmius, C.  (Return to List) (Previous Poet)

Ardua Cliva (FLP 233; Non. 194)

Clivus generis masculini, ut plerumque. Neutri apud Memmium invenimus, cuius auctoritas dubia est.

Ardua ne nitens fortunae scandere cliva


"Slope" is of masculine gender, as commonly held.  We find it of neuter gender in Memmius, whose authority is uncertain:

Striving to climb the difficult slope of fortune....
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