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Contempsit caros dum nos amat ille parentes

Fishburn and Hughes: 'While loving us, he despised his dear parents', the Latin epitaph inscribed by the people of Ravenna on the tomb of Droctulft. The epitaph is quoted in full by Paul the Deacon in his Acts of the Lombards (3.19) and by Benedetto Croce in La Poesia. See 'Terribilis visu facies...' Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden