Horatius Cocles

It’s time for a random classical world fact and today’s fact is Horatius Cocles.  He is one of the most famous of all Roman legends, Horatius and two friends held a bridge over the Tiber River against the invading army of Lars Porsenna until it could be demolished.  Once demolished, they swam back across the Tiber to safety.  The first reference to this legend is from the author Polybius.  “Cocles” means one-eyed and there are several statues believed to have been made in his honor.  (Hornblower et al, The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edition Oxford, 2003: 727)

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