Banjo Paterson

(17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941 / New South Wales)

"Ave Ceasar"


Long ago the Gladiators,
When the call to combat came,
Marching past the massed spectators,
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  • Freshman - 1,642 Points John Richter (1/21/2015 7:38:00 AM)

    I don't know the story he is telling here. I get that he is comparing gladiators of old to the politicians of his day. But I don't understand the crowds gesture of thumbs down in the last stanza. Isn't that what the crowd showed the gladiator when wanting the gladiator to kill his fallen foe? Was he speaking of Germany? After the first World War? Or on the eve of the 2nd World War? I don't understand. Can anyone explain this? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Seluc Rynardley (2/3/2005 1:30:00 PM)

    Well done an excellent written poem I have been looking for!

    keep writting,
    Seluc (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 8,357 Points Kim Barney (1/21/2015 10:17:00 AM)

    Sorry, but he's not going to keep writing, since he died in 1941.

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