Sunday, August 16, 2015

Solacia fati: Marius & Bartleby (Cum Marius aspiciens Carthaginem)

 
Louis Léopold Chambard (1811-1895), Marius sur les ruines de Carthage (1837)
Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
© service photographique de l'école nationale supérieure des beaux-arts



 
 


Cayo Veleyo Patérculo (c. 19 a. C. - c. 31) 

"Marius post sextum consulatum annumque septuagesimum nudus ac limo obrutus, oculis tantummodo ac naribus eminentibus, extractus arundineto circa paludem Maricae, in quam se fugiens consectantis Sullae equites abdiderat, iniedo in collum loro in carcerem Minturnensium iussu duumviri perductus est. Ad quem interficiendum missus cum gladio servus publicus natione Germanus, qui forte ab imperatore eo bello Cimbrico captus erat, ut agnovit Marium, magno eiulatu expromens indignationem casus tanti viri abiecto gladio profugit e carcere. Tum cives, ab hoste misereri paulo ante principis viri docti, instructum eum viatico conlataque veste in navem imposuerunt. At ille adsecutus circa insulam Aenariam filium cursum in Africam direut inopemque vitam in tugurio ruinarum Carthaginiensium toleravit, cum Marius aspiciens Carthaginem, illa intuens Marium, alter alten possent esse solacio."

Caius Velleius Paterculus, Historiae Romanae II 19, 4


 
Herman Melville circa 1846, por Asa Twitchell
 
Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (1853)

 
"Of a Sunday, Wall-street is deserted as Petra; and every night of every day it is an emptiness. This building too, which of week-days hums with industry and life, at nightfall echoes with sheer vacancy, and all through Sunday is forlorn. And here Bartleby makes his home; sole spectator of a solitude which he has seen all populous—a sort of innocent and transformed Marius brooding among the ruins of Carthage!"
 
Piazza Tales, Egbert S. Oliver ed.,Farrar Straus / Hendricks House, New York, 1948, p. 33
 
 
J. C. G.

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