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THE ODES AND CARMEN SAECULARE OF HORACE

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EXTREMUM TANAIN.


Ah Lyce! though your drink were Tanais,

Your husband some rude savage, you would weep

To leave me shivering, on a night like this,

Where storms their watches keep.

Hark! how your door is creaking! how the grove

In your fair court-yard, while the wild winds blow,

Wails in accord! with what transparence Jove

Is glazing the driven snow!

Cease that proud temper: Venus loves it not:

The rope may break, the wheel may backward turn:

Begetting you, no Tuscan sire begot

Penelope the stern.

O, though no gift, no "prevalence of prayer,"

Nor lovers' paleness deep as violet,

Nor
husband, smit with a Pierian fair, Move you, have pity yet!
O
harder e'en than toughest heart of oak, Deafer than uncharm'd snake to suppliant moans!

This side, I warn you, will not always brook

Rain-water and cold stones.





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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.

Roman Coliseum

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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