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Florus: The Poems

Text and Translation on LacusCurtius

This part of my site presents a transcription of the original Latin texts and the English translation of them by J. Wight Duff and Arnold M. Duff as printed in Volume II of the Loeb Classical Library's Minor Latin Poets, pp423‑435.

The Author, the Manuscripts

As with most ancient authors, not that much is known of Florus; we're not even sure of his full name or his exact dates. What we do know is more or less covered by the editors' Introduction, along with the manuscript tradition.

Textus Latinus English Translation


The translation is now in the public domain pursuant to the 1978 revision of the U. S. Copyright Code, since the copyrights expired in 1934 and 1935 and was not renewed at the appropriate time, which would have been in 1961 thru 1963. (Details here on the copyright law involved.)

Numbering of the Poems, Local Links

The Roman numerals preceding the poems mark local links, according to a consistent scheme; you can therefore link directly to any passage. Similarly, for citation purposes, the Loeb edition pagination, given in the right margin, is indicated by local links in the sourcecode.


As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if success­ful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

This transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents above, the sections are therefore shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme. Should you spot an error, however . . . please do report it.

The Epitome of Roman History

As you read in the Introduction, the poet may be the same man as the author of the Epitome of Roman History; and then again, maybe not: therefore the Epitome gets its own separate orientation page.

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