Sextus Propertius, The Elegies

Sextus Propertius (c.50–c.15 BCE) was a Roman poet born in Assisi (central Italy). The emperor Augustus may have been amongst his patrons.

The following is an adaptation from the translation by H. E. Butler, Propertius. London: William Heinemann, 1912.

§ 4.10.39-44. Claudius beat back the foe that had crossed from the banks of Rhone, when the Belgic shield of the giant chief Virdomarus was brought back to Rome. He boasted that he was born from the Rhine itself, and he was nimble as he hurled the spear from a steady chariot. In striped breeches he went forward before his troops and the twisted torc fell from his severed throat.