They, the Poets, who birthed these Blessed Odes, did so –
by the witness of the smiling Gods – most Spontaneously on
the penultimate night of the Isthmian Games of the CCXXVIth Olympiad,
on the Occasion of a Symposium attended by the Emperor’s Favourite,
Antinous; the Orator, Favorinus; the student, Cornelius Fronto;
the Lauded Poet, Septimus Darius; and the Lauded Poet, Titus Fulvius.
It is Known that the Revellers were, by the Hour of these Compositions,
already in the Hand of Dionysus, having Imbibed for some Time.