Where sage got its name

By Stansie HQ

Where sage got its name

Bought as a slave and brought to Rome from Syria, Publilius Syrus rose to prominence during the reign of Julius Ceasar. His gift? Pithy sayings that peppered his writing, like this one: “Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.”

The herb sage goes by the Latin name of Salvia officinalis. Salvia derives from the Latin ‘salvere’ and that meant to feel well and healthy. So, to greet someone in Roman times you might say ‘salve’ – or ‘go well’. Sometime between Roman times and modern times, sage came to mean wise too (some have pinpointed it around the Middle Ages).

And that’s why we called our Stansie sage dip ‘Wise one’.

But back to our friend Publilius, what else did he have to say? We are indebted to the publication The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus, A Roman Slave, for some of these gems, which we wanted to share with you. (You will note the different spellings of his first name, that can happen when your fame endures through the centuries).

Here is Publilius on the following topics:

Against multitasking: “To do two things is to do neither."

For common sense: “To know when to fear, is to be in the path of safety.”

Giving a nod to justice: “To spare the guilty is to injure the innocent.”

And pausing to be Zen-like: “When the tree has fallen, anyone can cut wood.”

You might feel the need to quote Publilius while enjoying crackers, chips or vege sticks with you Wise One dip, with friends. Feel free to head on over to the product page now.


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