June 5th, 2006

A quote

From time to time I come across quotes that stick with me. More often than not these come from various genre sources. I got this one from the most recent episode of Doctor Who, where it was paraphrased somewhat.

"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods"

The source is attributed to Horatius, a Roman soldier who, with two others, held the Etruscan army at bay on a narrow trail while others hewed down the only bridge over the Tiber to Rome. The whole tale was recounted by Lord Macaulay in the "Lays Of Ancient Rome," where I got this quote from.