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"Fortune favors the bold” is one of those phrases that are quoted so frequently that they bear none of the weight of their original contexts. The appeal of its underlying message — luck is not something that merely happens to people, but rather the other way around — ignores the fact that it was originally written, by the Roman poet Virgil, as the battle cry of a fool whose boldness shortly leads to his death. There is a pause on the phone line as Richard Thomas, a professor of classics at Harvard University, attempts to locate the original passage. “I know this stuff, but for some reason I’m not…” Thomas trails off, preoccupied by the search.
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