Pascal Quignard

from Abysses:
Chapter 9

the emperor augustus was born under the consulate of Cicero in 63 bce, on the ninth day before the Calends of October, before dawn, in the cellar of his house, in the part of the palatine called At the Oxheads (Ad capitula Bubula).

Oxen that still had quite a bit of the auroch in them.

A fifty-six year reign, forty-four of them years of solitary power.

He always wore a hunting knife in his belt.

He used to say all the time, in Greek, Speude bradeos, which in English means ‘Make haste slowly.’

In Latin: Festina lente.

The hieroglyph on coins and arches that commemorates him is the dolphin and the anchor.

An extraordinary proverb, after the fashion of impossibilia, in that in two words it expresses human time, that mixture of thrust and return, of leaping above the waves and anchorage at the bottom of the sea, of event and repetition, of morsus [bite] and remorse, of the erstwhile and the now.

Suetonius adds the phrase suggesting that an item of business or a decision be put off to the Greek Calends (ad Kal. Graecas—that is to say, to the calends that do not exist—sine die) is an expression also said to have been invented by the emperor Augustus.

So he would sit down.

The emperor was waiting for the lost object, with his hand on the hunting knife.

Then with his hand on everything that looked like a hunting knife. This the link between stylus and stylo [pen].