„Who was the first discoverer of the horrible sword? How savage was he and literally iron!“

—  Tibull

Quis fuit, horrendos primus qui protulit enses?
quam ferus et vere ferreus ille fuit!
Bk. 1, no. 10, line 1.
Elegies
Original: (la) Quis fuit, horrendos primus qui protulit enses?<br/>quam ferus et vere ferreus ille fuit!

Original

Quis fuit, horrendos primus qui protulit enses?<br/>quam ferus et vere ferreus ille fuit!

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