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Epitaph on Scipio, I

By Ennius (239–169 B.C.)

  • This brings us to the last form of Ennius’s poetic activity which we can mention; viz., epitaphs. On Africanus he wrote an elegiac couplet, expressing the favorite eulogy of the ancients upon a successful soldierly life. Xenophon, for instance, records a prayer of the younger Cyrus to quite the same effect.

  • HERE is he laid unto whom no man, whether foeman or comrade,

    Ever was able to give recompense worthy his deeds.