“There remain the two wild-beast hunts, lasting five days, magnificent – nobody denies it – and yet, what pleasure can it be to a man of refinement, when either a weak man is torn by an extremely powerful animal, or a splendid animal is transfixed by a hunting spear?”
(Cicero’s Letters. Translation: Evelyn S. Shuckburgh (1908-1909) The Letters of Cicero; the whole extant correspondence in chronological order, in four volumes. London. George Bell and Sons.)
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