To later Romans Ennius was the personification of the spirit of early Rome; by them he was called "The Father of Roman Poetry." We must remember how truly Greek he was in his point of view. He set the example for later Latin poetry by writing the first epic of Rome in Greek hexameter verses instead of in the old Saturnian verse. He made popular the doctrines of Euhemerus, and he was in general a champion of free thought and rationalism.
Ruth Martin Brown, in A study of the Scipionic circle (1934), p. 26
No sooner said than done — so acts your man of worth.Ennius
Let no one pay me honor with tears, nor celebrate my funeral rites with weeping.Ennius
Ennius was the father of Roman poetry, because he first introduced into Latin the Greek manner and in particular the hexameter metre.Ennius
Ennius qui primus amenoDetulit ex Helicone perenni fronde coronam.Ennius
Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them.Ennius
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