Today’s new poem is by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It is a tribute to Virgil on the 1,900th anniversary of his death and is an example of how deeply great European writers have been steeped in and influenced by Latin poetry. One of the aims of Pantheon Poets is to give you a better experience of Latin poems recited in the original than translations can provide, even if you don’t know Latin yourself.

Another war against the Parthians looks in the offing and the outcome of the last one does not reflect well on Roman military pride and moral fibre. An inspiring example is needed. Step forward Regulus, who long ago persuaded the Senate to reject a deal with the Carthaginians which would have saved his own life. Hear the Regulus Ode here.