ut biberent quoniam esse nollent

so that they might drink, since they refused to eat


Also rendered with quando ("when") in place of quoniam. From a book by Suetonius (Vit. Tib., 2.2) and Cicero (De Natura Deorum, 2.3). The phrase was said by Roman admiral Publius Claudius Pulcher right before the battle of Drepana, as he threw overboard the sacred chickens which had refused to eat the grain offered them


  • quoniambecause, since, whereas
  • essebe, nature of being