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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Epitaph on Scipio
I
By Ennius (239–169 B.C.)
 
          This brings us to the last form of Ennius’s poetic activity which we can mention; viz., epitaphs. On Africanus he wrote an elegiac couplet, expressing the favorite eulogy of the ancients upon a successful soldierly life. Xenophon, for instance, records a prayer of the younger Cyrus to quite the same effect.

HERE is he laid unto whom no man, whether foeman or comrade,
Ever was able to give recompense worthy his deeds.
 
 
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