"A hundred years of the Punic Curse"

This poem, like the previous one, is Graves's invention, although it incorporates phrases from the classical sources. "Every man's woman and each woman's man" (referring to Julius Caesar's bisexual promiscuity) echos a comment made in a speech by Gaius Scribonius Curio (the elder) and recorded by Suetonius in The Twelve Caesars. "He shall give Rome marble in place of clay" echoes Augustus's own boast in his Res Gestae (the valediction inscribed beside his tomb), which is also recorded by Suetonius.

This second Sybilline poem extends the conceit established by the first, predicting not only Claudius's accession ("The hairy fifth to enslave the state, To enslave the state, though against his will, Shall be that idiot whom all despised..."), but also his death at the hands of his wife and the subsequent accession of Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudians.