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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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V.
NERO.
ONE day during the reign of emperor Claudius, the
hundred and fifty thousand spectators the Circus
Maximus could hold, had assembled to view the Trojan
game. Youths of the noblest families of Rome were to
display before the emperor, senate and people, their skill
in managing horses and bearing arms.
The youthful host rode into the circus and saluted
Caesar and the senators. It then divided into equal com-
panies, which at a given signal engaged, involved each
other in an intricate line, fled and pursued, scattered into
contesting groups, and again collected in a united body
before the emperor and senate. In the very midst of
this throng

Like to ike dolphins’ shoal, that Jills, as it tumbles in ocean,
Now with its sport the Carpathian waves, nozv Libyan billows—
was seen a boy of ten years, fair Agrippina’s handsome
son, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Britannicus the
weakling, heir to the throne, was in the tournament also,
in which he was to represent the young lulus ; but the
glances, applause and approving cries of the spectators
were not for him, but for Lucius Domitius, whose beauty,
activity and endurance, enchanted every one. And so the
day was fixed ineffaceably in his memory, and had its

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