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Lays of Ancient Rome
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0898759366, Paperback)These are attempts to reconstruct in English form, the lost ballad-poetry of Rome, out of which its traditional history was thought to have grown. Written after Macaulay's first visit to Italy in 1838, and regarded by him as trifles written in his leisure time. But the public took a much more serious view of the poems, seeing in them a call to patriotism and manly virtue, expressed in stirring and musical language that it was impossible to resist.
Baron Macaulay (of Rothey) was one of the most famous literary figures of the Victorian era. For nearly twenty years he was a major contributor to the 'Edinburgh Review' and his collected essays were widely popular. His Lays of Ancient Rome were published in many best-selling editions; and his various "Histories" attained greater popularity than any other purely historical work in English. He was an able debater and served several terms in Parliament, including a stint in Lord Melbourne's cabinet as Secretary of War. He was raised to the peerage in 1857.
Edited, with notes and introduction, by William J. Rolfe and John C. Rolfe.
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"A collection of narrative poems. Four of the poems are based on early Roman history, giving the collection its title. There are also two other poems: Ivry and The Armada, based on more recent historical events" --Provided by publisher.
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