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Music, Art and Literature
Virgil Aeneid Book 2 505-558
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Forsitan et Priami fuerint quae fata requiras.
Perhaps you may also ask what was the fate of Priam
urbis uti captae casum convulsaque vidit/
limina tecotrum et medium in petetralibus hostem,
when he saw the fall of the captured city and
the doors of the palace, having been torn apart, and the enemy in their midst in the inner rooms,
Arma diu senior desueta trementibus aevo /
circumdat nequiquam umeris et inutile ferrum /
the old man, put on his armour, unused for a long time, onto his shoulders, trembling with old age, in vain girded on his useless sword,
ac densos fertur moriturus in hostis.
and, doomed to die, rushed into the the thick of the battle.
aedibus in mediis nudoque sub aetheris axe
in the middle of the palace under the open vault of heaven
ingens ara fuit iuxtaque ueterrima laurus/
incumbens arae atque umbra complexa penatis.
here was a huge altar and a very ancient laurel hanging next to it,
overhanging the altar and embracing the household gods with its shade.
Hic Hecuba et natae nequiquam altaria circum,/
praecipites atra ceu tempestate columbae,/
condensae et divum amplexae simulacra sedebant.
here, Hecuba and her daughters were sitting around the altar in vain, like doves driven headlong by a black storm, huddled together and embracing the statues of the gods.
ipsum autem sumptis Priamum iuvenalibus armis/
butwhen she saw Priam himself, having taken up the weapons of his youth, she said
'quae mens tam dira, miserrime coniunx,/
impulit his cingi telis
'what intention so awful, my most wretched husband, drove you to armyourself with these weapons?
aut quo ruis?'
or where are you rushing to?'
'non tali auxilio nec defensoribus istis tempus eget;
the moment needs no such help nor these kinds of defences,
non, si ipse meus nunc adforet Hector.
no, not even if my Hector himself were here now.
huc tandem concede;
please come here;
haec ara tuebitur omnis, aut moriere simul.'
this altar will guard us all or you will die together with me.'
sic ore effata recepit ad sese et sacra longaevum in sede locavit.
having spoken thus, she drew him to her and placed her aged man on a sacred seat.
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