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Lays of Ancient Rome Paperback – October 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1426400667 ISBN-10: 1426400667

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426400667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426400667
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,076,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Babington Macaulay, the great historian of England, was born at Rothley, near Leicester, in 1800, and was named Thomas Babington after his uncle. Macaulay was a member of Parliament first for Colne, then for Leeds. In 1842 he gave to the world his spirited "Lays of Ancient Rome." Lord Macaulay excelled as a poet and essayist, but he is chiefly illustrious as a historian. During later years his health made work increasingly difficult for him. He died in December 1859 at the age of 59. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The second, "GREAT Lays of Ancient Rome," is a lot more interesting, and completely different in character.
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Another great story that sparks the imagination and allow you to be in the story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bardok on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have not read all of the lays, but Horatius at the Bridge stirs me in ways that I cannot explain. What a deeply moving, inspirational poem. This should be required reading in every school in America. And required to be memorized in every service academy.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
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Then out spake brave Horatius,/ The Captain of the Gate:/ ``To every man upon this earth/ Death cometh soon or late./ And how can man die better/ Than facing fearful odds,/ For the ashes of his fathers,/ And the temples of his gods/ ... Then none was for a party;/ Then all were for the state;/ Then the great man helped the poor,/ And the poor man loved the great:/ Then lands were fairly portioned;/ Then spoils were fairly sold:/ The Romans were like brothers/ In the brave days of old./ Now Roman is to Roman/ More hateful than a foe,/ And the Tribunes beard the high,/ And the Fathers grind the low./ As we wax hot in faction,/ In battle we wax cold:/ Wherefore men fight not as they fought/ In the brave days of old./
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ace on September 6, 2013
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Heard of the book from a movie quote. I wish we would teach the classics more in school. Great Book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David R. Glier on August 18, 2011
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"Then Romans in Rome's Quarrel, Spared neither Land nor Gold, nor Son nor Wife, nor Limb nor Life, in the Brave Days of Old."

"Was none who would be foremost to lead such dire attack; but those behind cried, 'Forward!' and those before cried, 'Back!' And backward now and forward wavers the deep array; and on the tossing sea of steel, to and frow the standards reel; and the victorious trumpet-peal dies fitfully away."

Great poetry like this, when the meanest poetry was reckoned greater than the greatest prose, doesn't show its head anymore. Lord Macaulay was a master, not only because as a Baron he had the leisure to cultivate his talent, but because he was also a politician and a moralist, and was convinced that art should be just as much uplifting and moralizing as it was beautiful.

Between Macaulay and Milton, a young person can grasp the scope and beauty of this much-diminished art form.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ALISON on January 2, 2000
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THE GIFT THE AUTHOR HAS TELLING ME OF HORATIUS IS BEAUTIFUL. THE WORDS THAT HE USES BECOME A SCENIC PICTURE THT ENTRANCES MY MIND AND CAPTURES MY SENSES. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE LAND THAT HE SPEAKS OF AND FEEL AS IF I HAVE BEEN THERE IN MY MIND. HE IS ELOQUANT AND POETIC AND EVEN THE HORRIBLE BATTLES ARE BEAUTIFUL!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookLover91 on August 9, 2013
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This is exactly what I expected. Great illustrations and a nice glossy cover. Short but a classic. Must read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Raetz on July 16, 2014
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If you have no head for poetry but want to enjoy some words that move you to an ancient time of warriors and Rome's glory these pages are for you.

Easily read in an afternoon or in bite sized pieces these are words of a pure classic. Something everyone should read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith D Troop on August 2, 2014
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One of those times when language uplifts in ways that transcend the words.
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