Tag Archives: Ennius

Casting the Die, Sounding the Charge

It was on January 10th, 49 B. C., allegedly, that Gaius Julius Caesar decided to cross the Rubicon – literally – and thus both to start a bloody civil war and to create a metaphor, for millennia to come, that describes … Continue reading

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Ennius on War and (Dashed Hopes for) Peace

Quintus Ennius was one of ancient Rome’s greatest poets. He served as a soldier during the Second Punic War. In his epic poem Annales (‘Yearbooks’), which survives in fragments, Ennius, far from being a pacifist himself (even in the fragments … Continue reading

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