whose sons are depicted in The Oath of the Horatii
is also the subject of a very popular poem from Lays of Ancient Rome
by Thomas Babington Macaulay
. He is a legendary Roman
hero who along with a duo of companions held the Etruscan
army at bay while the Roman army destroyed the Sublician Bridge
. With the connecting westward road to Rome gone Horatius
swam the Tiber River
and ariived safley home. Rome rewarded his heroism
by giving him as much land as he could plow in a day.
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods ...
-- Horatius --