The Lays of Ancient Rome

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Lays-FRONTCOVER-webBy Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay.


“Then out spake brave Horatius

The captain of the gate

“To every man upon this earth

death cometh soon or late

And how can man die better

Than facing fearful odds

for the ashes of his fathers

And the temples of his gods.”


Lord Macaulay’s classic collection of four lays describe heroic episodes from ancient Roman history. They are a delightful literary adventure which allow the reader to enjoy a high point in European culture while learning some incredible details of Roman history.

The first two poems describe famous conflicts which led to the creation of the Republic: the story of Horatio’s defense of the bridge over the Tiber, and the Battle of Lake Regillus (where the Etruscan King Tarquinius was defeated).

The third lay tells the story of the Plebeian uprising against their near-slave conditions, and the fourth tells of the Pyrrhic and Punic Wars.

These masterpieces of literary writing were so highly regarded that they were required reading in British public schools for more than a hundred years—until they were deliberately replaced by the current “dumbed-down” anti-European curricula found in Western schools today.

This edition contains the author’s original introduction and his overview of each lay.


Pages: 107

Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback

Interior Ink: Black & white

Weight: 0.47 lbs.

Dimensions (inches): 6 wide x 9 tall

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Hardcover edition

Pages 107

Binding: Hardcover (dust jacket)

Interior Ink: black and white

Weight: 0.51 lbs

Dimensions (inches) 6 wide x 9 tall

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