Mens sine pondere ludit

By JaimeB, in 'Latin Mottoes', Dec 16, 2011.

  1. JaimeB Civis Illustris

    San Francisco, CA
    “Mens sine pondere ludit.” The unburdened mind is playful.
  2. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

    Looks like the second half of an hexametre.
  3. JaimeB Civis Illustris

    San Francisco, CA
    With a little searching, I found this “maxim” to be part of a sentence from a poem of Petronius Arbiter (CE ca. 27–66). Below is the citation with the reference:

    … Nam cum prostrata sopore
    urget membra quies et mens sine pondere ludit,
    quidquid luce fuit tenebris agit. …

    “For when rest presses down the prostrate limbs in sleep, and the mind plays with no weight on it, it acts out in the dark whatever it did by day.”

    —Petronius Arbiter, Poems, 31

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