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In my nineteenth year at my initiative
I set free the whole world which was oppressed by
the tyranny of earth and sea. As victor
I spared colonies and cities, and three times
I was emperor, I placed sacrifices
to gods, five times forty years I was augur,
sacred fellow of generations, and I
celebrated for my long life refused death.
I paid out rewards in cash and four times I
doubled the capacity of the temple
built between Jupiter and Saturn from war-
spoils. Gladiators, pirates, golden masters,
all swore allegiance to me and demanded
me as leader, and I sailed my ships to
sanctuary Mars. Emissaries and kings
defeated in war experienced the faith
of universal power, and all called me
Subduer and Thunderer, divine Youth and
Liberator rebuilt and raised and given