RUTILIUS NAMATIANUS


The pagan poet Claudius Rutilius Namatianus lived at the end of the fourth and in the early fifth century AD. He was probably born in Toulouse. He held high office in Rome under Honorius, and was Praefectus Urbi in 414 AD. In "De reditu suo" he describes his return to Gaul after barbarian invasions.


De Reditu Suo I, 179-182
Tum demum ad naves gradior qua fronte bicorni | dividuus Tiberis dexteriora secat. | Laevus inaccessis fluvius vitatur arenis. | Hospitis Aeneae gloria sola manet. Then at length I proceed to the ships, where with twy-horned brow the branching Tiber cleaves his way to the right. The channel on the left is avoided for its unapproachable sands: its one remaining boast is to have welcomed Aeneas.

Translation: Loeb, A.M. Duff.