Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Portland, Maine
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Portland, Maine
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Morituri Salutamus: Poem For The Fiftieth Anniversary

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Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis,
Et fugiunt freno non remorante dies.
Ovid, Fastorum, Lib. vi.
'O Cæsar, we who are about to die
Salute you! ' was the gladiators' cry
In the arena, standing face to face
With death and with the Roman populace.
O ye familiar scenes,- ye groves of pine,
That once were mine and are no longer mine,-
Thou river, widening through the meadows green
To the vast sea, so near and yet unseen,-
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Fabrizio Frosini 07 March 2016
BUT, ABOUT THIS 'SALUTE' (''Morituri Salutamus'') , even if it's been widely represented and popularized by books and movies, it is questionable whether such a supposed ''gladiator salute'' was ever a customary sentence, since there is no evidence that this was common practice among gladiators.
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Fabrizio Frosini 07 March 2016
''Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant'' - or ''nos morituri te salutamus'' - ''Ave, Cesare, coloro che stanno per morire ti salutano'' = ''Hail, Cesar, we, who are about to die, salute you''
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