Masterpieces of Latin Literature: Terence: Lucretius: Catullus: Virgil: Horace: Tibullus: Propertius: Ovid: Petronius: Martial: Juvenal: Cicero: Caesar: Livy: Tacitus: Pliny the Younger: Apuleius; with Biographical Sketches and Notes

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DAMON AND ALPHESIBOEUS1
(Eclogue VIII.)
SONGS of the shepherds Damon and Alphesiboeus,
my theme:
Hearkening to whom with rapture as each in rivalry
sung,
Heifers forgot their pasture, upon whose melodies
hung
Lynxes smitten with wonder, and every listening
stream
Loitered with altered current along its watery way;5
Damon and Alphesiboeus shall be our burden to-day.
Sailing already abreast of the great Timavus's hill,2
Whether I find thee,3 or coasting around Illyria still,
Comes not the bright day ever when this poor tongue
shall be free
Thy fair deeds to proclaim? Shall I ne'er at liberty
be10
Proudly to waft thy verse o'er earth and her every
clime,
Only of Athens worthy, and buskin'd tragedy's prime?
Thou my Muse's beginning, her song shall finish with
thee.
2 The rocks near the mouth of the river Timavus on the north
shore of the Adriatic.
3 Pollio, to whom the poem is addressed, was on his way home
from a successful campaign in Illyricum, on the east coast of the
Adriatic.
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The Eclogue contains the songs of the two shepherds Damon and Alphesiboeus, the former telling of the faithlessness of his mistress, the latter giving the song of a Thessalian girl who is trying by magic to win back her lover.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Terence 1
  • Scene 2. 9
  • Scene 3. 13
  • Act III 18
  • Scene 6. 28
  • Act IV 34
  • Scene 4. 35
  • Scene 5. 41
  • Scene 6. 42
  • Act V 44
  • Scene 2. 46
  • Scene 3. 47
  • Scene 4. 49
  • Scene 6. 49
  • Lucretius 63
  • Invocation to Venus (i., 1-43.) 66
  • Atoms and Void (i., 503-550) 67
  • The Gospel According to Epicurus 71
  • The Fear of Death 76
  • Love's Extravagance 77
  • The Development of Man 78
  • Remorse 110
  • Love and Hate 124
  • At His Brother's Grave1 125
  • Cicero 127
  • To Caesar, in Gaul 162
  • To His Brother Quintus, in Gaul 164
  • To C. Trebatius Testa, in Gaul 165
  • To Atticus in Rome 166
  • Cicero and His Son to Terentia And Tullia, in Rome 167
  • To Atticus in Rome 169
  • Caesar 182
  • Virgil 198
  • Damon and Alphesiboeus 201
  • Signs of Bad Weather 210
  • After Caesar's Death 212
  • The Battle of the Bees 213
  • Horace 273
  • To Chloe 280
  • To Lydia 283
  • Simplicity 283
  • The Golden Mean 284
  • A Reconciliation 285
  • To the Spring of Bandusia 286
  • To Maecenas 287
  • Country Life 288
  • A Challenge 294
  • A Letter of Introduction 298
  • To His Book 299
  • Tibullus 302
  • A Rural Festival 303
  • Propertius 312
  • To Maecenas 313
  • A Change of View 314
  • A Roman Matron to Her Husband 318
  • Ovid 325
  • Livy 348
  • Horatius 353
  • Before the War 359
  • The Battle of Cannae (xxii., 44-49.) 362
  • The Carthaginians in Capua (xxiii., 17.) 373
  • Martial 393
  • Tacitus 399
  • Customs of the Germans 401
  • The Mutiny of the Pannonian Legions 410
  • The Great Fire at Rome 424
  • Juvenal 432
  • To Cornelius Tacitus 450
  • To Sosius Senecio 451
  • To Septicius Clarus 452
  • To Calpurnia 453
  • To Tacitus 454
  • To Sura 455
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