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Ennius, Annals fr. 525

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Born at Rudiae in southern Italy in 239 BC, Ennius became a Roman citizen in 184.

nos sumus Romani, qui fuimus ante Rudini.

We, who were Rudians before, are now Romans.

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August 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Ennius, Annals 1.102-3

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Romulus threatens to kill Remus for mocking him and leaping over his wall.

non pol homo quisquam faciet impune animatus
hoc quod tu: nam mi calido dabis sanguine poenas.

No man alive will do with impunity this thing which you have done. For you will make me recompense with your warm blood.

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July 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Ennius, Satires fr. 20 Courtney

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numquam po√ętor nisi podager.

I never write poetry, except when I’m suffering from gout.

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May 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Ennius, Annals 1.103

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Another fragmentary poet from the early days of Roman literature, and another much-quoted line. Donatus, for example, gives it as an example of what we would call alliteration, a feature for which Ennius’ work was particularly noted.

o Tite tute Tati tibi tanta, tyranne, tulisti!

O Titus Tatius, you tyrant, you yourself took upon yourself such troubles!

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November 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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