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The following is an excerpt from Virgil's Aeneid (From Ancient Rome). This poem is part of the Roman national Epic it "tell[s] the story of Aeneas, the leader of the Trojans, and his journey after the fall Troy that led to the founding of Rome." High on the stern Aeneas his stand, And held a branch of olive in his hand, ... This message bear: The Trojans and their chief Bring holy peace, and beg the king's relief." Virgil was one of Charles Thomson's favorite poets. Thomson was the secretary of the continental congress ( en.wikipedia.org) who drafted and proposed the original american seal with an olive branch in the talon of an American Bald Eagle. He said it symbolizes "the power of peace."
Contributed by Anne Mena