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Que a las vezes la fortaleza es vencida
de la Fortuna.

Ottava rhima.

Siendo de Cęsar Bruto ya vencido  [M]
De ansi ver la Pharsalia ensangrentada
Queriendo reclinar su pecho herido
Sobre la punta aguda de su espada,
Con atrevido accento echņ un gemido
Diciendo, O Fortaleza desdichada
No mas que palabrera, por que aora
Sigues ą la Fortuna mandadora?[1]

[Marginalia - link to text]Augusto

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1.  After the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius became the leaders of the Republican cause. The Caesarean troops, led by Mark Antony and Octavian, Caesar’s heir, defeated them in 42 BC in two battles at Philippi in Macedonia. (Pharsalus in Thessaly was the site of the battle in 48 BC in which Julius Caesar had defeated Pompey in a previous round of the Civil Wars. Pharsalia is here loosely used, as in the Roman poets, to refer to both sites of similar civil conflict.) For Brutus’ suicide after the defeat, see the end of Plutarch’s Life of Brutus.


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