Roman Senator Metellus Macedonius

Metellus Macedonius (Senator of Rome from the 2nd century BCE)

“Fellow Romans, if we could make do without a wife, we would all be free of such a nuisance. But nature has ordained that we can’t live easily with women or without them, so we must look to our long term needs rather than our short-term happiness.”

  • From a speech given by Metellus Macedonius to the senate of Rome in 131 BCE, recorded by Aulus Gellius in Attic Nights (1.6.2).


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