Roman Poetry III - Ennius

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.


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