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Lays of Ancient Rome - Thomas Babbington Macaulay

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Lays of Ancient Rome

By Thomas Babbington Macaulay

Preface

Horatius
  The Lay

The Battle of the Lake Regillus
  The Lay

Virginia
  The Lay

The Prophecy of Capys
  The Lay


That what is called the history of the Kings and early Consuls of
Rome is to a great extent fabulous, few scholars have, since the
time of Beaufort, ventured to deny. It is certain that, more than
three hundred and sixty years after the date ordinarily assigned
for the foundation of the city, the public records were, with
scarcely an exception, destroyed by the Gauls. It is certain that
the oldest annals of the commonwealth were compiled more than a
century and a half after this destruction of the records. It is
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