Through many nations and over many seas having been
driven I come, poor brother, to make these offerings,
that I might give them at last for the service of the dead.
And I, in vain address ashes, unable to speak.
Since fortune has carried away your own self.
Alas, poor brother undeservingly taken away from me,
now however, not withstanding
these things, by the ancient
custom of our parents
these offerings are handed over with sad service.
Take them with much fraternal sorrow
and for ever, brother, I salute you and farewell.
Gaius Valerius Catullus
"Remember the past: Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier deeds, and the younger who are sons of those valiant fathers do their best not to tarnish the virtues of their race."
Paganodas of Thebes: Speech to the Boetian army before the battle of Delium, 424 B.C.