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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.


The Stories

The city, hour by hour   Page 72

Martial, Epigrams IV.8

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The sights ... 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 country mouse   Page 80

Horace, Satires II.6.79-117

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Notes and Cultural Background

Weblinks: vita rustica et vita urbana