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Triumphalia Carmĭna

Songs sung by the Roman soldiers as they marched through the city in a triumph. (See Triumphus.) On this occasion the greatest license was allowed them, and this license was reflected in their songs. Sometimes these were fierce and exultant, smacking of bloodshed and slaughter like the remarkable verses sung by the troops of Aurelian:
Unus homo mille mille mille decollavimus!
Mille mille mille mille bibat qui mille occidit;
Tantum vini nemo habet quantum fudit sanguinis!

Sometimes they were full of ribaldry directed at their own commander, like the song sung by the soldiers of Iulius Caesar in his Gallic triumph:
Urbani, servate uxores, moechum calvum adducimus.
Aurum in Gallia effutuisti, hic sumpsisti mutuum.

(Vopisc. Aurel. 6; Iul. 51). This last recalls the ditties in which the British sailors used to celebrate Lord Nelson's too notorious amours.

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