Horatius Cocles


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Horatius Cocles

(hɒˈreɪʃɪəs ˈkəʊkliːz)
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(Biography) a legendary Roman hero of the 6th century bc, who defended a bridge over the Tiber against Lars Porsena
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Not giddily like Brutus, passionately Like old Lucretius with his teare swolne eies, Not laughingly like Mutius Scsvola Nor bluntly like Horatius Cocles here.
Lucius Brutus, who avenged the rape of Lucretia and led the rising that drove out Tarquin; Horatius Cocles, who held the bridge alone against an army and saved the city from slavery; Lucius Cincinnatus, summoned from the plough to hold command in a desperate crisis, who served the Republic and then returned to his farm; Marcus Curtius, who appeased the gods of the underworld by galloping into the chasm that threatened to engulf the city; Decius Mus, father and son, who on two occasions saved Rome from defeat by sacrificing their own lives; Marcus Regulus, who chose to return to torture and death in Carthage rather than break his word--these were the men whose stories inspired generations of Roman citizens to put the interests of the res publica (the 'common wealth') before their own.