brave men lived before Agamemnon

The exploits of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, in the Trojan War were celebrated by Homer and by the tragic poets of ancient Greece. The point, made first by Horace, was that heroes need writers to commemorate them if they are to achieve eternal fame: HORACE Odes IV. ix. 25 vixere fortes ante Agamemnona multi, many brave men lived before Agamemnon.

1616 JONSON Forest VIII. 114 There were braue men, before Aiax or Idomen, or all the store That Homer brought to Troy.

1819 BYRON Don Juan I. V. Brave men were living before Agamemnon And since, exceeding valorous and sage.

1980 Times 23 June 16 Brave men lived before Agamemnon, lots of them. But on all of them..eternal night lies heavy, because they have left no records behind them.


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