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  • (Quote) This is a striking passage out of one of Horace's most famous epistles. The letter (to Numicia) seems to be asking two questions; what is the good of life, and, how then should one live? He goes through a series of possible answers to the first, and then explores the necessary steps of acting upon each. If A, then B. If X, then Y. This particular "if...then" I found to be interesting. The Loeb edition suggests that lucum ligna putas was a proverbial Latin expression of materialism. Lucum…