Commentary Cons. Phil. Book 4 Prosa 5
B. continues to object that the apparently unjust distribution of fortune's gifts is legitimate cause for dismay at the workings of providence.
- section 2
fortuna populari: i.e., what the populus judges to be fortuna (but cf. the discussion of fortuna in Book 2).
perpendo: "weigh carefully, judge."
malit: < malo, malle.
- section 3
testatius: comparative < testatus (< testor), "manifest, public."
- section 4
uersa uice: "with the order reversed, vice versa"; ablative absolute.
quaeque: = quae + -que.
ratio: here, "explanation."
- section 5
Nunc: Nunc . . . exaggerat: B.'s belief in God as rector exacerbates his outrage at the unfair distribution of fortune's gifts.
exaggerat: Nunc . . . exaggerat: B.'s belief in God as rector exacerbates his outrage at the unfair distribution of fortune's gifts.
- section 6
Qui: i.e., deus.
causa: i.e., the cause of this apparently unequal distribution.
- section 7
ordinis: with ratione.
ne dubites: negative command.