Virgil (Roman poet, 70-19 BCE)

“Rumor, quicksilver afoot
and swift on the wing, a monster, horrific, huge
and under every feather on her body–what a marvel–
an eye that never sleeps and as many tongues as eyes
and as many raucous mouths and ears pricked up for news.”

  • From Virgil’s The Aeneid (Book four), translated by Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics, 2010)


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