The Aeneid (Vintage Classics)
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Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald.
Deidamia QUIRINUS another name for Romulus QUIRITES (1) inhabitants of Curës, the Sabine capital; (2) a name for Roman citizens REMULUS (1) from Tibur, received a golden belt (which Euryalus plundered from Rhamnes) as gift from Caedicus; (2) a name for Numanus; (3) a Rutulian REMUS (1) brother of Romulus, slain by him; they were sons of Ilia and, in legend, nursed by a she-wolf; (2) a Rutulian RHADAMANTHUS brother of Minos, one of the judges of the underworld RHAEBUS the horse of Mezentius
By scythes of bronze, and juicy with a milk Of dusky venom; then the rare love-charm Or caul torn from the brow of a birthing foal And snatched away before the mother found it. 715 Dido herself with consecrated grain In her pure hands, as she went near the altars, Freed one foot from sandal straps, let fall Her dress ungirdled, and, now sworn to death, Called on the gods and stars that knew her fate. 720 She prayed then to whatever power may care In comprehending justice for the
neared the Sirens’ reef, That oldtime peril, white with many bones, Now loud far off with trample of surf on rock. Here the commander felt a loss of way 1135 As his ship’s head swung off, lacking a helmsman, And he himself took over, holding course In the night waves. Hard hit by his friend’s fate And sighing bitterly, he said: “For counting 1140 Overmuch on a calm world, Palinurus, You must lie naked on some unknown shore.” BOOK * * * VI * * * THE WORLD
400 With friendly stride come join us, join thy feast!” So ran the hymns they sang, and crowning all A song of Cacus’ cave and breath of fire— Voices that filled the leafy wood, and rang, And sprang back from the echoing hill-sides. 405 When they had carried out the ritual They turned back to the town. And, slowed by age, The king walked, keeping Aeneas and his son Close by his side, with talk of various things To make the long path easy. Marveling, 410 Aeneas gladly looked
Argyripa for his father’s race, 335 In Iapyx country, hard by Mount Garganus. When we were in the camp, with leave to speak Before him, tendering our gifts, we told What name was ours, what fatherland, what enemy Made war upon us, and what urgent cause 340 Drew us to Arpi. First he heard us out, Then answered peaceably: ‘Fortunate race And realm of Saturn, men of old Ausonia, What happened to disturb your quiet life 345 And make you rouse the unknown that is war? We who did