A vintage advent to Latin literature, with translations of the simplest passages from Virgil, Livy, Ovid, Seneca and plenty of others.
This vintage anthology strains the improvement of Latin literature from the early Republican works of Cicero and Catullus, to the writers of the Empire equivalent to Lucan and Petronius, to the later writings of St Augustine. the choices hide comedy and epic, background and philosophy, in prose and in verse, and every passage is prefaced by way of an advent to the writer and his effect. The translators diversity throughout heritage from Alexander Pope and Lord Byron to contemporaries. the result's a wide and significant evaluation of the civilization of Rome and its Empire--an perfect creation to Latin literature.
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Seven thousand males escaped into the smaller camp, 10000 into the bigger, and approximately thousand into the village of Cannae itself. those final have been instantly bring to an end by means of Carthalo and his cavalry, for the village used to be no longer fortified. the opposite consul, even if unintentionally or by way of layout, had no longer joined any throng of fugitives, yet fled to Venusia with a few fifty horsemen. it really is stated that forty-five thousand foot and thousand 700 horse have been slain, in a nearly equivalent share of electorate and allies. within the quantity have been the quaestors of either consuls, Lucius Atilius and Lucius Furius Bibaculus, and twenty-nine army tribunes, a few former consuls, others former praetors or aediles – among others are pointed out Gnaeus Servilius Geminus and Marcus Minucius, who have been grasp of the pony within the previous years and consul a number of years earlier than – and in addition to those, 80 senators or males who had held places of work which might have given them the perfect to be elected to the Senate, yet had volunteered to function infantrymen within the legions. The prisoners taken during this conflict are stated to have numbered 3 thousand foot-soldiers and fifteen hundred horsemen. Such used to be the conflict of Cannae, a calamity as memorable as that suffered on the Allia,1 and notwithstanding much less grave in its effects – as the enemy didn't stick with up his victory – but for the slaughter of the military much more grievous and disgraceful. For the flight on the Allia, even though it betrayed the town, kept the military: at Cannae the consul who fled used to be followed by way of an insignificant fifty males; the opposite, demise, had nearly the total military with him. within the Roman camps the gang was once half-armed and destitute of leaders. the lads within the better camp despatched a messenger bidding these within the smaller one to return over to them within the evening, whereas the enemy, exhausted via the scuffling with and via the feasting that had on their triumph, have been sunk in sleep. they'd then set out in a single physique for Canusium. This plan a few have been for completely rejecting. Why, they requested, didn't those that summoned them come themselves to the smaller camp, the place they can simply in addition impression a junction? truly as the floor among used to be coated with enemies and so they most popular to show to such risk the people of others instead of their very own. Others weren't loads displeased with the plan as short of in answer. Then stated the army tribune Publius Sempronius Tuditanus: ‘So you'll otherwise be captured by way of the greediest and so much merciless of foes, and be priced at lots a head by means of those that ask, “Are you a Roman citizen or a Latin best friend? ” so that from the insults and distress you Romans endure, the Latins can be privileged to move loose? “Never! ” every one guy will solution, while you're certainly fellow electorate of Lucius Aemilius Paulus the consul, who hottest an honourable loss of life to lifestyles with ignominy, and of all these heroes who lie heaped round him! yet sooner than sunlight surprises us and the enemy blocks our means in better strength, allow us to escape via those males which are clamouring in affliction and confusion at our gates.