A Garden of Roman Verse

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The glorious poetry of Rome has endured for more than two thousand years. For most of that time, it was read only in the original Latin, but over the centuries celebrated writers, from John Dryden to Aubrey Beardsley to Ezra Pound, have been inspired to create translations that reflect their own ages, while retaining the vibrancy of the originals

A Garden of Roman Verse presents work by four of Rome's finest poets: Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Virgil. Each poem appears in the ...

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The glorious poetry of Rome has endured for more than two thousand years. For most of that time, it was read only in the original Latin, but over the centuries celebrated writers, from John Dryden to Aubrey Beardsley to Ezra Pound, have been inspired to create translations that reflect their own ages, while retaining the vibrancy of the originals

A Garden of Roman Verse presents work by four of Rome's finest poets: Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Virgil. Each poem appears in the original Latin and in English translation, and is illustrated with a detail from Roman paintings or mosaics. The subtle colors and haunting quality of the illustrations evoke the spirit of the age in which this enchanting poetry was written. The combination of the poetry and illustrations, accompanied by notes on each poet and on Pompeii and Herculaneum--where some of the finest examples of Roman paintings were preserved--make this volume a perfect introduction to the towering civilization of Rome.

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By ways remote and distant waters sped 28
Equal to love, that youth must be 20
I hate and love, wouldst thou the reason know? 38
Lesbia for ever on me rails 25
My Lesbia let us love and live 68
Quintia is beautiful, many will tell you 51
The sun may set and rise 57
Ye cupids, droop each little head 26
Arms, and the man I sing 10
First, different trees have diverse birth assigned 42
In fair Calabria's woods, a snake is bred 14
See what delights in sylvan scenes appear! 18
Some god conduct you to these blissful seats 30
The farmer cleaves the earth with his curved plough 8
The loud report through Lybian cities goes 17
Wet weather seldom hurts the most unwise 36
Be not ever pondering 49
Does art through pipes, a purer water bring 44
Go little book, and wish to all 4
Happy the man, and happy he alone 23
Jesting decides great things 54
Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine 34
Many there are whose pleasure lies 60
Say what slim youth, with moist perfumes 52
Sharp winter now dissolved, the linnets sing 58
The bloods and bucks of this lewd town 41
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter 66
Although thy heart with fire like Etna flame 46
By charms I raise and lay the winds 65
Return fair youth, return 12
Then to be born, is to begin to be 33
When that this trump amid the sea 63
Biographical Notes on the Poets 70
The Art of Pompeii and Herculaneum 74
Sources of the Mosaics and Frescoes 77
Photographic Acknowledgments 77
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