You then have fared most admirably, being the
bravest of soldiers while you lived, and now the most holy of warriors, because
it will be impossible for your virtue to be buried, either through the
forgetfulness of the men of the present age, or the silence of posterity, since
the senate and Roman people will have raised to you an imperishable monument, I
may almost say with their own hands. Many armies at various times have been
great and illustrious in the Punic, and Gallic, and Italian wars; but to none of
them have honors been paid of the description which are now conferred on you.
And I wish that we could pay you even greater honors, since we have received
from you the greatest possible services. You it was who turned aside the
furious. Antonius from this city; you it was who repelled him when endeavoring
to return. There shall therefore be a vast monument erected with the most
sumptuous work and an inscription engraved upon it as the everlasting witness of
your godlike virtue And never shall the most grateful language of all who either
see or hear of your monument cease to be heard And in this manner you, in
exchange for your mortal condition of life, have attained immortality.