Verba Catonis ex Originum quarto haec sunt: "Non lubet scribere quod in tabula apud pontificem maximum est, quotiens annona cara, quotiens lunae aut solis lumine caligo aut quid obstiterit."
His words in the fourth book of his Origins are as follows: "I do not care to write what appears on the tablet of the high priest: how often grain was dear, how often darkness, or something else, obscured the light of sun or moon."
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from Aulus Gellius: Noctes Atticae (Volume I. Books 1-5), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 195, translated by J.C. Rolfe, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1927, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.