Roman Poetry III - Ennius

Epitaph
Quintus Ennius (239-169 BC)

No one may honor my funeral rites with tears or lamenting.
Why? Because still do I pass, living, from lip unto lip.

Quoted by Cicero Tusc. Quoest., 15, 34

The Original:

Aspicite, o ciues, senis Enni imaginis forman.
hic uestrum panxit maxima facta patrum.
nemo me lacrimis decoret nec funera fletu
faxit. cur? uolito uiuos per ora uirum.

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The epitaph was said to be placed on Ennius' tombstone.

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