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M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 1, line 33 (search)
's ' Catiline.' The cutting of the Isthmus of Corinth was proposed in Nero's reign, and actually commenced in his presence; but abandoned because it was asserted that the level of the water in the Corinthian Gulf was higher than that in the Saronic Gulf, so that, if the canal were cut, the island of AEgina would be submerged. Merivale's 'Roman Empire,' chapter lv.: thus when Crassus fell, Who held apart the chiefs, in piteous death, And stained Assyria's plains with Latian blood, Defeat in Parthia loosed the war in Rome. More in that victory than ye thought was won, Ye sons of Arsaces; your conquered foes Took at your hands the rage of civil strife. By sword the realm is parted; and the state Supreme o'er earth and sea, wide as the world, Could not find space for two.Compare: 'Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere Nor can one England brook a double reign Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.' For Julia bore, Cut off by fate unpitying,This had taken place in B.C. 54, abo
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 2, line 526 (search)
they follow-mine, whose conquering signs ' Swept all the ocean,In B.C. 67, Pompeius swept the pirates off the seas. The whole campaign did not last three months. and who, ere the moon ' Twice filled her orb and waned, compelled to flight ' The pirate, shrinking from the open sea, ' And humbly begging for a narrow home ' In some poor nook on shore. 'Twas I again ' Who, happier far than Sulla, drave to death From B.C. 66 to B.C. 63, Pompeius conquered Mithridates, Syria, and the East, except Parthia. ' That king who, exiled to the deep recess ' Of Scythian Pontus, held the fates of Rome ' Still in the balances. Where is the land ' That has not seen my trophies? Icy waves ' Of northern Phasis, hot Egyptian shores, ' And where Syene 'neath its noontide sun ' Knows shade on neither hand: Being (as was supposed) exactly under the Equator. Syene (the modern Assouan) is the town mentioned by the priest of Sais, who told Herodotus that 'between Syene and Elephantine are two hills with conica
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 3, line 169 (search)
nd Which lies without the circuit of the stars, Did not the Bull with curving hoof advanced O'erstep the limit. From that mountain zone They came, where rising from a common fount Euphrates flows and Tigris, and did earth Permit, were joined with either name; but now While like th' Egyptian flood Euphrates spreads His fertilising water, Tigris first Drawn down by earth in covered depths is plunged And holds a secret course; then born again Flows on unhindered to the Persian sea. But warlike Parthia wavered 'twixt the chiefs, Content to have made them two See Book I., 120.; while Scythia's hordes Dipped fresh their darts in poison, whom the stream Of Bactros bounds and vast Hyrcanian woods. Hence springs that rugged nation swift and fierce, Descended from the Twins' great charioteer.A race called Heniochi, said to be descended from the charioteer of Castor and Pollux. Nor failed Sarmatia, nor the tribes that dwell By richest Phasis, and on Halys' banks, Which sealed the doom of Croes
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 7, line 337 (search)
tars could see Throughout their course was Roman. But the fates In one dread day of slaughter and despair Turned back the centuries and spoke thy doom. And now the Indian fears the axe no more Once emblem of thy power, now no more The girded Consul curbs the Getan horde, Or in Sarmatian furrows guides the share:That is, marked out the new colony with a plough-share. This was regarded as a religious ceremony, and therefore performed by the Consul with his toga worn in ancient fashion. Still Parthia boasts her triumphs unavenged: Foul is the public life; and Freedom, fled To furthest Earth beyond the Tigris stream, And Rhine's broad river, wandering at her will 'Mid Teuton hordes and Scythian, though by sword Sought, yet returns not. Would that from the day When Romulus, aided by the vulture's flight, Ill-omened, raised within that hateful grove Rome's earliest walls, down to the crimsoned field In dire Thessalia fought, she ne'er had known Italia's peoples! Did the Bruti strike In vai
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 8, line 211 (search)
' Untipped with poison: from the rancorous edge 'The slightest wound deals death. Would that my lot ' Forced me not thus to trust that savage race ' Of Arsaces!Dion could not believe it possible that Pompeius ever contemplated taking refuge in Parthia, but Plutarch states it as a fact; and says that it was Theophanes of Lesbos who dissuaded him from doing so. ('Pomp.,' 76.) Mommsen (vol. iv., pp. 421-423) discusses the subject, and says that from Parthia only could Pompeius have attempted toParthia only could Pompeius have attempted to seek support, and that such an attempt, putting the objections to it aside, would probably have failed. Lucan's sympathies were probably with Lentulus. Yet now their emulous fate ' Contends with Roman destinies: the gods ' Smile favouring on their nation. Thence I'll pour ' On Caesar peoples from another earth ' And all the Orient ravished from its home. ' But should the East and barbarous treaties fail, ' Fate, bear our shipwrecked fortunes past the bounds ' Of earth, as known to men. The
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 8, line 331 (search)
. The tale of that one crime ' Of old by OEdipus unwitting wrought ' Made nations shudder at the name of Thebes: ' How many an offspring of such foul embrace Has held the Parthian throne? Where incest's right 'What shall be wickedness? This gracious dame 'Born of Metellus, noblest blood of Rome, 'Shall share the couch of the barbarian king ' With thousand others: yet in savage joy, 'Proud of her former husbands, he may grant 'Some larger share of favour; and the fates May seem to smile on Parthia; for the spouse ' Of Crassus, captive, shall to him be brought ' As spoil of former conquest. If the wound ' Dealt in that fell defeat in eastern lands ' Still stirs thy heart, then double is the shame 'First to have waged the war upon ourselves, ' Then ask the foe for succour. For what blame ' Can rest on thee or Caesar worse than this, 'That in the clash of conflict ye forgot ' For Crassus' slaughtered troops the vengeance due? 'First should united Rome upon the Mede 'Have poured her capt
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 10, line 1 (search)
st day; such end alone Could nature place upon the madman king, Who jealous in death as when he won the world His empire with him took, nor left an heir. Thus every city to the spoiler's hand Was victim made. Yet in his fall was his Babylon; and Parthia feared him. Shame on us That Eastern nations dreaded more the lance Of Macedon than now the Roman spear. True that we rule beyond where takes its rise The burning southern breeze, beyond the homes Of western winds, and to the northern star; But towards the rising of the sun, we yield To him who kept the Arsacids in awe; And puny Pella held as province sure The Parthia fatal to our Roman arms. Now from the stream Pelusian of the Nile, Was come the boyish king, taming the rage Of his effeminate people: pledge of peace; And Caesar safely trod Pellean halls; When Cleopatra bribed her guard to break The harbour chains, and borne in little boat Within the Macedonian palace gates, Caesar unknowing, entered: Egypt's shame; Fury of Latium; to