timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

[ tim-e-oh dah-nah-ohs et doh-nah fe-ren-tes; English tim-ee-oh dan-ey-ohs et doh-nuhfuh-ren-teez ]

  1. I fear the Greeks even when they bear gifts (I fear treacherous persons even when they appear to be friendly). Vergil's Aeneid: I, 2:49.

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  • When Ibarra said so to him, the old pessimist replied: “timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.”

    An Eagle Flight | Jos Rizal
  • The original is a proverbial expression like "timeo Danaos et dona ferentes."

    Tales of Old Japan | Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford