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THE ODES AND CARMEN SAECULARE OF HORACE

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EST MIHI NONUM.


Here is a cask of Alban, more

Than nine years old: here grows

Green
parsley, Phyllis, and good store Of ivy too

(Wreathed ivy suits your hair, you know)

The plate shines bright: the altar, strewn

With vervain, hungers for the flow

Of lambkin's blood.

There's stir among the serving folk;

They bustle, bustle, boy and girl;

The flickering flames send up the smoke

In many a curl.

But why, you ask, this special cheer?

We celebrate the feast of Ides,

Which
April's month, to Venus dear, In twain divides.

O, 'tis a day for reverence,

E'en my own birthday scarce so dear,

For my Maecenas counts from thence

Each added year.

'Tis Telephus that you'd bewitch:

But he is of a high degree;

Bound
to a lady fair and rich, He is not free.
O
think of Phaethon half burn'd, And moderate your passion's greed:
Think
how Bellerophon was spurn'd By his wing'd steed.

So learn to look for partners meet,

Shun lofty things, nor raise your aims

Above
your fortune. Come then, sweet, My last of flames

(For never shall another fair

Enslave me), learn a tune, to sing

With that dear voice: to music care

Shall yield its sting.





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The City of Rome was traditionally founded in 753 B.C. by our calendar. The Romans measured their calendar from the foundation of the City, or "Anno urbis conditae". By their calendar, today is Anno Urbis ("The Year of the City") 2768.

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The Roman Empire at its greatest extent comprised most of western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Larger than even most modern nations, the empire was held together by a network of roads, a common language, and most of all a culture which still today exerts a powerful influence on our society and institutions, over 1600 years after the fall of Rome. No other empire or civilization has had such a lasting and significant impact on the modern world.

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