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Pactianam coniurationem paucis describere instituo, nam id in primis memorabile facinus tempestate mea accidit parumque abfuit quin Florentinam omnem rem publicam penitus everteret.
(...) secli qui facta feracis Omnia, qui mores aulae describere quique Tramite uult alios recto deducere, uti si Aut Prodicus foret, aut in quadriuiis situs Hermes (62).
Videns igitur Titum et Domicianum post patris Vespasiani Exequias hostile cupiditate imperii decertantes, quoniam Titus Domicianum expellere et patri flagitabat succedere, [Statius] Polinicis et Ethioclis discordiam et contentionem describere decrevit, quatenus inspectis casibus qu dictis fratribus propter bellum contigerant, titum et Domicianum a contentione simili removeret.
Quare accelerationes in d et p permanent in eadem ratione, et etiamnum generabunt velocitates descendentium in eadem ratione, effici-entque ut gravia pergant describere spatia dS & pn in eadem ratione.
Ipsa enim longe acnus et vehementius flagellatur quam ego.' Et tune incepit dictae Mariae describere passiones, ac si ipsam vidisset pluries in angustia tormentorum: quam tamen nunquam viderat, nee de ipsa quidquam audierat ab aliquo mortali, ut creditur.
Tabella ipsa ostendere poterit, si longe imensiori cura, atque exactiori diligentia quam hactenus, eam pro chorographi(a)e et geographi(a)e, ratione et ordine, conati sumus describere: ut opera quoque nostra studiosis ipsis (quibus mirifice gratificari cupimus) non nihil utilitatis alferentur...
nuptiarum apparatum, nuptae desponsationem, conviviorum et ludorum exhibitionem, veluti singulos est actum dies brevi et carptim describere decrevi ....
Notare (adnotare) and excerpere mean to take down short notes or excerpts,(63) and while exscribere too can refer to copying a brief item -- a name or a line or two of poetry -- it is also used for somewhat longer documents, such as a passage from an account book or a student's notes (hypomnemata).(64) When lengthier documents are involved, such as a complete work of literature or an entire book, the word that is regularly employed is describere, more rarely transcribere.(65) Normally, however, the subject of these verbs is not a member of Rome's elite, but a scribe.
The close connection between describere and librarii is brought out particularly well when a distinction is drawn between the functions of scribes and authors, as in a letter to Atticus where Cicero used scribere to denote what he himself was doing, describere what the copyists had done: `quin etiam feci, quod profecto ante me nemo, ut ipse me per litteras consolarer.
But in certain passages where it is clear that describere denotes the copying of a lengthy text, we find that its subject is not a scribe, but an upper-class Roman.
For if it is absurd to think that a Cornelius Nepos or an Atticus would copy a long text (and describere denotes a long text) in their own hands, it is equally absurd to think that Cicero, or Cornelius Balbus or Caerellia would have done so.
Tripliciter ergo describere oportet in anima sua unumquemque divinarum intellegentiam litterarum: id est, ut simpliciores quique aedificentur ab ipso, ut ita dixerim, corpore scripturarum (sic enim appellamus communem istum et historialem intellectum); si qui vero aliquantum iam proficere coeperunt et possunt amplius aliquid intueri, ab ipsa scripturae anima aedificentur; qui vero perfecti sunt hi tales ab ipsa >spiritali lege<, quae >umbram habet futurorum honorum<, tamquam ab spiritu aedificentur.