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THE ODES AND CARMEN SAECULARE OF HORACE

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QUANTUM DISTAT.


What the time from Inachus

To Codrus, who in patriot battle fell,

Who were sprung from Aeacus,

And
how men fought at Ilion,--this you tell. What the wines of Chios cost,
Who
with due heat our water can allay, What the hour, and who the host

To give us house-room,--this you will not say.

Ho, there! wine to moonrise, wine

To midnight, wine to our new augur too!

Nine to three or three to nine,

As each man pleases, makes proportion true.

Who the uneven Muses loves,

Will fire his dizzy brain with three times three;

Three once told the Grace approves;

She
with her two bright sisters, gay and free, Shrinks, as maiden should, from strife:
But
I'm for madness. What has dull'd the fire Of the Berecyntian fife?
Why
hangs the flute in silence with the lyre? Out on niggard-handed boys!

Eain showers of roses; let old Lycus hear,

Envious churl, our senseless noise,

And
she, our neighbour, his ill-sorted fere. You with your bright clustering hair,

Your beauty, Telephus, like evening's sky,

Rhoda loves, as young, as fair;

I for my Glycera slowly, slowly die.





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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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