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THE ODES AND CARMEN SAECULARE OF HORACE

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QUID FLES, ASTERIE.


Why
weep for him whom sweet Favonian airs Will waft next spring, Asteria, back to you,

Rich with Bithynia's wares, A lover fond and true,

Your Gyges? He, detain'd by stormy stress

At Oricum, about the Goat-star's rise, Cold, wakeful, comfortless, The long night weeping lies.

Meantime his lovesick hostess' messenger

Talks of the flames that waste poor Chloe's heart

(Flames lit for you, not her!) With a besieger's art;

Shows how a treacherous woman's lying breath

Once on a time on trustful Proetus won

To doom to early death
Too chaste Bellerophon;

Warns him of Peleus' peril, all but slain

For
virtuous scorn of fair Hippolyta, And tells again each tale

That e'er led heart astray.

In vain; for deafer than Icarian seas

He hears, untainted yet. But, lady fair,

What if Enipeus please
Your listless eye? beware!

Though true it be that none with surer seat

O'er Mars's grassy turf is seen to ride,

Nor any swims so fleet
Adown the Tuscan tide,

Yet keep each evening door and window barr'd;

Look not abroad when music strikes up shrill,

And though he call you hard, Remain obdurate still.





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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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