acta est fabula plaudite

The play has been performed; applaud!

Notes

A common ending to ancient Roman comedies, also claimed by Suetonius in The Twelve Caesars to have been Augustus' last words. Applied by Sibelius to the third movement of his String Quartet no. 2 so that his audience would realize it was the last one, as a fourth would normally be expected.

Words

  • fabulafable, play, story, tale