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This selection of short poems provides an insight into Roman attitudes towards life in the country and life in the city.


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The city, hour by hour   Page 72

Martial, Epigrams IV.8

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The sights, sounds and seasons of the countryside  Page 74

Ovid, Remedia Amoris 175-84 and 187-90

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Thoughts of home   Page 76

Ovid, Ex Ponto I.VIII.29-38

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A country spring   Page 78

Horace, Odes III.13

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The town mouse and the country mouse   Page 80

Horace, Satires II.6.79-117

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