Cato at the Oracle of Jupiter Amnion

Lucan Bellum civile 9.566-584

What do you bid me ask, Labienus? Whether I would prefer to fall in arms [as a] free [man] rather than witness (lit., see) a tyranny? Whether it makes no difference if a life is short or a life [is] long? Whether no violence harms a virtuous man and fortune wastes [its] threats [when] opposed by virtue, and [whether] to desire what is praiseworthy is sufficient and [whether] what is honorable never increases through success? I know [the answer], and Ammon will not fix this more deeply in me.

We are all closely attached to the gods, and [even if] an oracle (lit., temple) is silent, we do nothing [that is] not in accordance with the will of the god, nor does the divinity have need of any voices (i.e., of oracles and the like), and [our] creator has once and for all told [us as we are] being born whatever it is allowed [for us] to know. Did he choose barren sands to give oracles (lit., sing) to a few, and did he bury truth in this dust, and is there [any] abode of the god except earth and sea and air and sky and virtue?

Why do we look for gods further? Jupiter is everything (lit., whatever) you see and everything that causes you to act. Let the irresolute and those [who are] always uncertain about future events have a use for (lit., need) soothsayers. I am made certain [of the future] not by oracles but by the certainty of death (lit., certain death). The timid and brave must [both] die. It is sufficient that Jupiter has said this.

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