Eusebius Riddle 14: De X littera


Date: Mon 27 Dec 2021
Original text:

Post alias reliquas augustus (1) me creat auctor.
Utor in alterius, nam non specialis imago
Concessa est mihi, cum pro denis sola videbor,
Unaque sum forma sed vim retinebo duarum.


The venerable creator makes me after the others.
I am used in the place of something different, for no special idea
Is given to me, though I am seen on my own for ten,
And I am single in form but retain the power of two.

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(1) There is scholarly debate over whether this may be the name of or an epithet for a Roman emperor. 

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