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Euro 2012 history lessons: Steven Gerrard quotes Caesar, Horace and ‘Del Boy’ Trotter

by | 24th, June 2012

ENGLAND play Italy tonight at Europ 2012. The Sun says that England’s “lion-hearted”captain Steve Gerrard has adopted the habits of “Rome’s Julius Caesar — whose motto was: ‘Seize the day.'”

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace:

“Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero.”

This translates to:

“Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future”

Or:

“Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.”

Horace wrote the line in Odes Book I, a book on Gerrard’s library shelves, between the box sets of Only Fools And Horses (motto: “He who dares…”)

Horace lived from 65 BC to 8 BC. Caesar lived from 100 BC to 44 BC. They shared Earth’s air for 21 years. Horace wrote Odes in 23 BC – Caesar was already dead.

Says Gerrard:

“It’s important we seize this opportunity and this moment. That we grasp it and don’t go home with any regrets.”

Adding, “It’s what Quintus Horatius Flaccus would have wanted…”



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