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  • 'Let's Talk of Worms...'Author(s): Darwin and J. D. D.Source: The Classical Review, Vol. 37, No. 5/6 (Aug. - Sep., 1923), p. 97Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Classical AssociationStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/697282 .Accessed: 21/06/2014 22:05

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  • The Classical Review AUGUST-SEPTEMBER, 1923



    IF I drink water while this doth last, May I never again drink wine: For how can a man, in his life of a span, Do anything better than dine ? We'll dine and drink, and say if we

    think That anything better can be; And when we have dined, wish all man-

    kind May dine as well as we.

    T. L. PEACOCK.

    Quis Baccho potior deus ? Dum cadi mihi suppetunt, Exul his aqua sit labris : Sin minus, mala Tantali

    Viuum me sitis urat. Vitae summa iubet fugax Indulgere mero et cibis; Adque mala ubi uentum erit, Turn precabimur omnibus

    Tam bene esse epulari. E. H.


    WHEN we behold a wide, turf-covered

    expanse, we should remember that its

    smoothness, on which so much of its

    beauty depends, is mainly due to all

    the inequalities having been slowly

    levelled by earth-worms. It is a mar-

    vellous reflection that the whole of the

    superficial mould over any such expanse has passed, and will again pass every few years, through the bodies of worms.

    The plough is one of the most ancient

    and valuable of man's inventions; but

    long before he existed the land was in

    fact regularly ploughed, and still con-

    tinues to be thus ploughed, by earth-

    worms. It may be doubted whether

    there are many other animals which

    have played so important a part in the

    history of the world as have these lowly

    organised creatures.-DARWIN.

    Praeterea late florentis gramine campos cum uideas, nimirum oculis uenit inde

    uoluptas praesertim quia plana patent campi

    aequora circum: plana autem factast, quae quondam erat

    aspera, tellus uermiculorum opera qui in terris inue-

    niuntur. hi loca camporum pedetemptim leuia

    reddunt; nam quae uestit humus molli quasi

    cortice campum, transiit haec omnis per corpora uer-

    miculorum transibitque iterum paucis uoluentibus

    annis. rem tu, si reputes, merito mirabere

    tantam. sunt antiqua hominum, sunt et prae-

    clara reperta, praecipuasque meret laudes inuentor

    aratri; ante tamen genitos homines, ut tempus

    ad hoc fit, uermes usque suo uertebant uomere

    glaebas. huic igitur summae uix ulla animalia

    tantum contulerunt, quantum tam paucis sen-

    sibus aucti uermiculi. J. D. D.


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    Article Contentsp. [97]

    Issue Table of ContentsThe Classical Review, Vol. 37, No. 5/6 (Aug. - Sep., 1923), pp. 97-144Two Translations'Let Us Eat and Drink...' [p. 97]'Let's Talk of Worms...' [p. 97]

    Editorial Notes and News [p. 98]The Reverse of Aristotle [pp. 98-104]Horace, Epode XIII 3 [p. 104]Aeschylus, Ag. 40 ff [pp. 104-105]Mossynos and Mossynoikoi [pp. 105-107]Notes on the Younger Pliny and Apuleius [pp. 107-108]Diogenes Laertius X. 60 [pp. 108-110]The Political Sympathies of Servius Sulpicius Rufus [pp. 110-113]Aristophanes, Birds 700 [p. 113]Interlinear Hiatus in the Odes of Horace [pp. 113-114]Notes on Athenaeus [pp. 114-115]Herodas, Mimes III 93 [p. 115]The Gelenian Codices of Livy [p. 115]The Extent of Territory Belonging to Cities in the Roman Empire [p. 115]Lucretius and Cicero's Verse [pp. 115-116]ReviewsReview: Virgil and Dr. Mackail [pp. 116-117]Review: Bailey's Lucretius [p. 118]Review: Duff's Lucretius I [pp. 119-120]Review: Hosius' Propertius, Ed. 2 [pp. 120-121]Review: Julianus Redivivus [pp. 121-122]Review: Halliday's Roman Religion [pp. 123-124]Review: Postgate's Prosodia Latina [pp. 124-125]Review: Erasmus [pp. 125-127]Review: untitled [pp. 127-129]Review: Two Books on Greek Science [pp. 129-131]Review: Seneca's Modern Message [pp. 131-132]Review: untitled [pp. 132-133]Review: Greek Mathematics and Physics [p. 133]Review: Epicurus [pp. 133-134]Review: Roman Games [p. 134]Review: untitled [pp. 134-135]Review: Professor Lindsay's Palaeographia Latina [pp. 135-136]Review: untitled [pp. 136-137]Review: untitled [p. 137]Review: untitled [p. 137]Review: untitled [p. 138]Review: untitled [p. 138]Review: untitled [p. 138]Review: untitled [pp. 138-139]Review: untitled [p. 139]Review: untitled [pp. 139-140]Review: untitled [p. 140]Review: untitled [p. 140]

    Oxford Philological Society Reports [pp. 140-141]Summaries of Periodicals [pp. 141-143]Books Received [pp. 143-144]