Horatius, A famous Poet born at Venusium, a man excellent in sharpenesse of wit, and quicknesse of sentence: he was addict to Epicures sect, somewhat wanton in maners, though he with great libertie of speeche noted the vices of other men in his verses called Satyræ. In balades to sing to the harpe (which were in xviii. sundrie kindes of verses) he passed all other that wrote in Latine. He was in good fanour with the Emperour Augustus, by the meanes of Mecœnas the Emyerors minion, who tooke in him for his myrth and wit much delectation: to whome, and to Augustus, he wrot diuerse Epistles in verse, comprehending great wisdome in compendious sentences: and dyed when he was 57. yeares olde, as Eusebius writeth. He was after the sncarnation of Christ about ten yeares. Of his name were diuers notable Romaynes.Horatius Cocles, A valiaunt Romayne in that tyme that Porsenna in the quarrell of the Tarquines besieged the Citie. When the citie was almost taken, and all other did flie away, this Horatius accompanied only with two other, at a bridge that entred into Rome, did keepe back the whole army of Porsenna, vntil the bridge was broken down behind him: and then in spite of his enimies, armed as hee was, did swim safe into the citie, and so preserued his countrey.