In the bold emulation, in the sounding rhythms, even in the mighty professional pride of the poets of this age there is, more than in any other epoch of Roman literature, an imposing grandeur; and even those who are under no illusion as to the weak points of this poetry may apply to it the proud language, already quoted, in which Ennius celebrates its praise: -Enni poeta, salve, qui mortalibus Versus propinas flammeos medullitus.

and the enthusiasm with which he celebrates his own artistic poetry: -Enni foeta, salve, Versus propinas flammeos medullitus. The clever man had an instinctive assurance that he had spread his sails to a prosperous breeze; Greek tragedy became, and thenceforth remained, a possession of the Latin nation. National Dramas

In the bold emulation, in the sounding rhythms, even in the mighty professional pride of the poets of this age there is, more than in any other epoch of Roman literature, an imposing grandeur; and even those who are under no illusion as to the weak points of this poetry may apply to it the proud language, already quoted, in which Ennius celebrates its praise: -Enni poeta, salve, qui mortalibus Versus propinas flammeos medullitus.

In addition to these philosophic aspirations he had a strong desire to reach artistic perfection, and to be the herald of a new literary epoch. Conscious of his success and proud of the power he wielded over the minds of the people, he alludes more than once to his performances in a self-congratulatory strain "Enni poeta salve, qui mortalibus Versus propinas flammeos medullitus."

and the enthusiasm with which he celebrates his own artistic poetry: -Enni foeta, salve, Versus propinas flammeos medullitus. The clever man had an instinctive assurance that he had spread his sails to a prosperous breeze; Greek tragedy became, and thenceforth remained, a possession of the Latin nation. National Dramas