Teneo te, Africa
(I take possession of thee, O Africa)
When Cæsar landed at Adrumetum, in Africa,
he tripped and fell—a bad omen; but, with wonderful presence of
mind, he pretended that he had done so intentionally, and kissing the
soil, exclaimed, “Thus do I take possession of thee, O
Africa.” Told also of Scipio. (See Don
Quixote, Pt. II. Bk. vi. ch.6.)
Africa semper aliquid novi affert
(Africa is always producing some novelty)
A Greek proverb quoted
(in Latin) by Pliny, in allusion to the ancient belief that Africa
abounded in strange monsters.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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