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Delenda Carthago

Per terre ignote vanno le nostre legioni
A fondare colonie a immagine di Roma
"Delenda Carthago"
Con le dita colorate di henna su patrizi triclini
Si gustano carni speziate d'aromi d'Oriente;
In calici finemente screziati frusciano i vini,
Le rose, il miele.
Nei circhi e negli stadi
S'ammassano turbe stravolte
A celebrare riti di sangue.
...Conferendis pecuniis
Ergo sollicitae tu causa, pecunia, vitae!
Per te immaturum mortis adimus iter;
Tu vitiis hominum crudelia pabula praebes,
Semina curarum de capite orta tuo.

Our legions go through unexplored provinces
and create colonies in the image of Rome.
Carthage must be destroyed.
With henna tainted fingers, laying on patrician's triclinia
Some savour meat sorts flavoured with Oriental spices ;
Wine rustles in finely etched goblets
as well as roses and honey.
In circuses and arenae
Greatly troubled crowds
gather to celebrate blood sacrifice.
...To collect the money...
So money you’re the cause of a troubled life!
It’s because of you we go death’s path too soon:
you offer human vices cruel nurture,
from your source the seeds of sorrow spring.