Q. Horatius Flaccus
Non ut superbas invidae Carthaginis
Romanus arces ureret,intactus aut Britannus ut descenderet
Sacra catenatus Via,sed ut secundum vota Parthorum sua
urbs haec periret dextera.
Has too little Roman blood been shed on field and flood--not that the Roman might burn the proud towers of jealous Carthage, or that the Briton, as yet unscathed, might descend the Sacred Way in fetters, but that, in fulfilment of the Parthians' prayers, this city might perish by its own right hand?
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from Q. Horatius Flaccus: Volume I. Odes and Epodes, Loeb Classical Library Vol. 33N, translated by Niall Rudd, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 2004, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.