Aeneas learns from his ships, which have been transformed into sea- nymphs by the Goddess Cybele, that his son, Ascanius, and his Trojan force are being hard-pressed by the Rutulian leader, Turnus. Hear the Latin and follow in John Dryden’s classic 17th-century translation here.

In paying a compliment to one of his patron, Maecenas’s, friends, Horace is describing a party. Live it with him, from the original idea to the finale in the small hours, in just 125 words. The party about to go with a swing in the illustration, by Anselm Feuerbach, is Greek; but then, so is almost everything about Horace’s little gem of a poem except for the language.

Hear Horace’s Latin and follow in English here.