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Poem 415 in "Anthologia Latina" I.1, ed.Shackleton Bailey, 1982 (# 417 in "A.L." I.1, ed. Riese, 1894) - - - - - traditionally, but probably wrongly, attributed to Seneca the Younger | by The Classical World
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Poem 415 in "Anthologia Latina" I.1, ed.Shackleton Bailey, 1982 (# 417 in "A.L." I.1, ed. Riese, 1894) - - - - - traditionally, but probably wrongly, attributed to Seneca the Younger

These monuments that surround the city, the result of a senseless toil,

These marble buildings that are available to your view, Appian way,

the pyramids which dare to stand in the vicinity of the sky -

these pyramids that shadow abandoned in the middle of the day -

and the mausoleum, miserable consolation for a deceased person,

in which Cleopatra buried her foreign husband,

all this is shaken and shot down by time, which will ruin them

and devour them as they rise above.

Only the poems do not know this fate and dismiss death;

always you will live, Homer, thanks to your poems.

 

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Taken on November 2, 2012