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34 on almost knowing greek torpor and into the light of reason, in our own era Greek has been perceived as a language informed by cultural authenticity but relatively unencumbered by civilization's discontents. The language of civilization, of course, and of people like Neville, is Latin, which was much more familiar than Greek to people of Woolf 's generation, a language forced on schoolchildren as a civilizing agent rather than a rare artifact to be savored by one possessed of a mature esthetic sensibility.

I hope it is clear that the situation was much more complicated than that. Nevertheless, the poverty topos circulated widely, and someone must have believed in it. It was Lucretius, as I observed earlier, who stated the problem most succinctly and memorably: Nec me animi fallit Graiorum obscura reperta di½cile inlustrare Latinis uersibus esse, multa nouis uerbis praesertim cum sit agendum propter egestatem linguae et rerum nouitatem . . Nor does it escape me how di½cult it is to cast light in Latin verses upon the obscure discoveries of the Greeks, especially when having to treat of many points by means of unfamiliar words, thanks to the poverty of the language and the novelty of the material .

If it were, it would be Quintilius (an older form, Quinctilius, is also attested). Pomponius is a Sabellian form of the same name, rather like such variants as Anderson and Anderssen. Many other ancient Roman families bore Sabellian names as well. Indeed, tradition even records that the ®rst king, Romulus, murdered his twin brother Remus rather than su¨er diminution of his kingly prerogative, and yet accepted as coregent for a time the Sabellian Titus Tatius. The biological twin is removed only to be replaced by a cultural one who is, moreover, foreign.

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