Macaulays essays and lays of ancient rome popular edition

In popular culture[ edit ] Lays of Ancient Rome has been reprinted on numerous occasions, and is now in the public domain. The fighting described by Macaulay is fierce and bloody, and the outcome is only decided when the twin gods Castor and Pollux descend to the battlefield on the side of Rome.

Sir Winston Churchill memorised the Horatius poem in his childhood, and used it to exhort the cabinet to stand and fight in the hardest hour World War II, when Britain was facing the threat of invasion by Germany.

Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: An edition, lavishly illustrated by John Reinhard Weguelinwas frequently republished.

While the trio close with the front ranks of the Etruscans, the Romans hurriedly work to demolish the bridge, leaving their enemies on the wrong side of the swollen Tiber. Macaulay writes, And when above the surges They saw his crest appear, All Rome sent forth a rapturous cry, And even the ranks of Tuscany Could scarce forbear to cheer.

The three heroes are willing to die in order to prevent the enemy from crossing the bridge, and sacking an otherwise ill-defended Rome. The phrase "how can man die better", from Horatius, was used by Benjamin Pogrund as the title of his biography of anti-apartheid activist Robert Sobukwe.

Lays of Ancient Rome

With weeping and with laughter Still is the story told, How well Horatius kept the bridge In the brave days of old. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his Gods.

He initiates legal proceedings, claiming Virginia as his "runaway slave", knowing that his claim will be endorsed by the corrupt magistracy over which he and his cronies preside.

Henry went on to issue the Edict of Nantes ingranting tolerance to the French Protestants, and ending the French Wars of Religion. He reaches the Roman shore, is rewarded, and his act of bravery earns him mythic status: Several years after the retreat of Porsena, Rome was threatened by a Latin army led by the deposed Roman king, Lucius Tarquinius Superbustogether with his son, Titus Tarquiniusand his son-in-law, Octavius Mamiliusprince of Tusculum.

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