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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Epitaph of Gnaeus Naevius by Gnaeus Naevius

If that immortals might for mortals weep,
Then would divine Camenae weep for Naevius.
For after he to Orcus as treasure was consigned,
The Romans straight forgot to speak the Latin tongue.


Date: 3rd century BCE (original in Latin); 1927 (translation in English)

By: Gnaeus Naevius (c270-c201 BCE)

Translated by: John Carew Rolfe (1859-1943)