drenched the virgin sea with its travel; as soon as it Androgeoneae poenas exsoluere caedis Oceanusque, mari totum qui amplectitur orbem? with Theseus seeking to fight against the savage monster This particular Carmine is relatively subtle compared to some of his more pointed works. I will then consider the question of speech in ecphrasis and show how radically Catullus 64 departs from its literary precedents. Or should I console myself with the faithful love of the husband? Perhaps it is because the era in which he wrote has been so thoroughly recorded, analyzed and studied down through the last two thousand years, or perhaps it is because he was simply that good a student of human nature. caressing he white tracks with clear waters, at pater, ut summa prospectum ex arce petebat, praeda, neque iniacta tumulabor mortua terra. atque ita decerpens aequabat semper opus dens, From there the safe bent back the foot with great praise Nequiquam uanis iactantem cornua uentis. praeterea nullo colitur sola insula tecto, English Catullus 64 translation on the Catullus site with Latin poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus plus translations of the Carmina Catulli in Latin, English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Estonian and more Funera Cecropiae nec funera portarentur. Sancte puer, curis hominum qui gaudia misces, pars sese tortis serpentibus incingebant, satisfied by the dear figure of the son. Magnanimum ad Minoa uenit sedesque superbas. periuri Pelopis vastabit tertius heres. Argive manpower, dared travel He explains that embroidered on the hem of the bed covering are scenes from mythology. talibus amplifice vestis decorata figuris caelicolae nondum spreta pietate solebant. Spinosas Erycina serens in pectore curas dicta nihil metuere, nihil periuria curant. cum thiaso Satyrorum et Nysigenis Silenis, having been returned recently to me in the final end of old age, omnia fanda nefanda malo permixta furore si tibi non cordi fuerant conubia nostra, at parte ex alia florens volitabat Iacchus O nimis optato saeclorum tempore nati Vt pote fallaci quae tunc primum excita somno or with purple coverlet spreading thy bed. But forgetful fleeing youth strikes the shallows with oars cum teres excelso coaceruatum aggere bustum extended, was shining with gleaming gold and silver. at non haec quondam blanda promissa dedisti Quae simul ac rostro uentosum proscidit aequor Quae simul optatae finito tempore luces reddite in extrema nuper mihi fine senectae, quam tibi fallaci supremo in tempore dessem. quae passim rapido diffunditur Hellesponto, producing cold sobs with a wet mouth: address you often in my song. o bona matrumÂ, hail, heroes, sprung from gods! Rura colit nemo, mollescunt colla iuuencis, and the barbarian pipe shrilled with dreadful din. which orders before he was holding in a steady mind Catullus' longest poem, it retains his famed linguistic witticisms while employing an appropriately epic tone. The first section (i) seeks to offer some means of classifying ecphrases. raising the soft coverings of calf having been made bare. very same longed for day, all of currite ducentes subtegmina, currite, fusi. Tum Thetidi pater ipse iugandum Pelea sensit. not earlier she turned away from that one passionate light, We begin at the end, with Ariadne left lonely on the shore while Theseus sails away with his companions. sed conubia laeta, sed optatos hymenaeos, and caught fire total in the deepest marrow. 60 post vento crescente magis magis increbescunt, sole sub ardenti flauentia demetit arua, so that a cruel heart might want to pity for us? anxia in assiduos absumens lumina fletus, wie? praesentes namque ante domos invisere castas L. ad Lucinium. Quae misera in gnata deperdita laetabatur, 120 Calvus, if I … she was hanging on you, Theseus, from the whole heart, because you were bristling the savage rules of the ancient parent Tum Thetidis Peleus incensus fertur amore, 20 citadels on the cities' summits for the Argonauts, made a saeua quod horrebas prisci praecepta parentis, . formabat digitis, tum prono in pollice torquens Poem 61. purpureaue tuum consternens veste cubile. (Full name Gaius Valerius Catullus.) Indomitus turbo contorquens flamine robur Sic domito saeuum prostrauit corpore Theseus ipse qui sit, utrum sit an non sit, id quoque nescit. Now already let no woman trust a man swearing, optauit genitor primaeui funera nati, currite ducentes subtegmina, currite, fusi. He is charming, but Catullus wonders how women have not passed him over and selected the donkey at the grinding mill instead. cum interea infirmo quatientes corpora motu quam primum cernens ut laeta gaudia mente falls facedown, widely breaking every conceivable thing in the way, how often did she then grow paler than the gleam of gold, cum saeuum cupiens contra contendere monstrumÂ, when Theseus, eager to contend with the savage monster,Â, aut mortem appeteret Theseus aut praemia laudis!Â, was setting forth to win either death or the meed of valour!Â, non ingrata tamen frustra munuscula diuisÂ, Yet not unsweet were the gifts, though vainly promised to the gods,Â, promittens tacito succepit uota labello.Â, nam uelut in summo quatientem brachia TauroÂ, For as a tree which waves its boughs on Taurus’ top,Â, quercum aut conigeram sudanti cortice pinumÂ, an oak or a cone-bearing pine with sweating bark,Â, indomitus turbo contorquens flamine robur,Â, when a vehement storm twists the grain with its blast,Â, and tears it up (afar, wrenched up by the rootsÂ, prona cadit, late quaeuis cumque obuia frangens,)Â. it lies prone, breaking away all that meets its fall), sic domito saeuum prostrauit corpore TheseusÂ, so did Theseus overcome and lay low the bulk of the monster,Â, nequiquam uanis iactantem cornua uentis.Â, vainly tossing his horns to the empty winds.Â, inde pedem sospes multa cum laude reflexitÂ, Thence he retraced his way, unharmed and with much glory,Â, guiding his devious footsteps by the fine clew,Â, lest as he came forth from the mazy windings of the labyrinthÂ, tecti frustraretur inobseruabilis error.Â. expleta est, sanctis coepit decedere divis. Athena Polias, holding fast the perfide, deserto liquisti in litore, Theseu? As Mortales oculis nudato corpore nymphas Aeëtean land, when the This coverlet, broidered with shapes of ancient men, with wondrous art sets forth the worthy deeds of heroes.Â, namque fluentisono prospectans litore Diae,Â, For there, looking forth from the wavesounding shore of Dia,Â, Thesea cedentem celeri cum classe tueturÂ, Ariadna sees Theseus, as he sails away with swift fleet,Â, indomitos in corde gerens Ariadna furores,Â, Ariadna bearing wild madness in her heart.Â, necdum etiam sese quae uisit uisere credit,Â, Not yet can she believe she beholds what yet she does behold;Â, utpote fallaci quae tum primum excita somnoÂ, since now, now first wakened from treacherous sleepÂ, desertam in sola miseram se cernat harena.Â, she sees herself, poor wretch, deserted on the lonely sand.Â, immemor at iuuenis fugiens pellit uada remis,Â, Meanwhile the youth flies and strikes the waters with his oars,Â, irrita uentosae linquens promissa procellae.Â. A closer examination of the underlying theme reveals criticism of the way Rome is being governed. all powerful Jupiter, if only the Athenian ships had not touched The latin poet created a precious, artful composition with mastering usage … illius egregias virtutes claraque facta The verse opens with a beautiful discussion of how the Argosy was made from pines that grew on Pelion, and how, while the Argonauts were sailing to collect the Golden Fleece, Peleus caught sight of Thetis, the sea Nymph and they were wed. From that union came Achilles. Catullus finishes it off by pointing out how when people do not take care of things as they should â being faithful to a wedded spouse, sending the right signal to a father â many things tend to go disastrously wrong.Â Now, he points out, the gods no longer attend weddings and other feast days. As a result, she gives him a ball of string and tells him how to defeat the Minotaur. plangebant aliae proceris tympana palmis, Carmine 64 is one of Catullus’ longer works. begrudged ears for our complaints. After she pour forth these voices from the sad chest, Illa, siqua alia, uiderunt luce marinas currite ducentes subtegmina, currite, fusi. quas ego, vae misera, extremis proferre medullis And for looking forth from wave resounding shore of Dia , veridicum oraclum: sed uos, quae fata sequuntur, Ariadne has risen from sleep, to see Theseus sailing away. non vacuos: namque ille tulit radicitus altas She rends her garments. talia complexum iuveni mandata dedisse: for the wild bull had unbound the rope in Crete thou that stirrest cruel madness with ruthless heart,Â, sancte puer, curis hominum qui gaudia misces,Â, divine boy, who minglest joys of men with cares,Â, quaeque regis Golgos quaeque Idalium frondosum,Â, and thou, who reignest over Golgi and leafy Idalium,Â, qualibus incensam iactastis mente puellamÂ, on what billows did ye toss the burning heart of the maiden,Â, fluctibus, in flauo saepe hospite suspirantem!Â, often sighing for the golden-headed stranger!Â, quantos illa tulit languenti corde timores!Â, what fears did she endure with fainting heart!Â, quanto saepe magis fulgore expalluit auri,Â. Thesea ceu pulsae ventorum flamine nubes Or, to put it another way, Catullus is pointing out that the Roman leaders have abandoned the ways of the righteous and that they are indulging their own passions and ambitions to the detriment of the Roman people. flammea praeuertet celeris vestigia ceruae. . . and call upon the faith of the heavenly ones in my last hour. vos nolite pati nostrum vanescere luctum, laeua colum molli lana retinebat amictum, nor before the sense will withdraw from the tired body, whom the chaste little couch emitting sweet smells This page was last edited on 17 April 2020, at 17:37. — whom I deserted of my own will,Â, respersum iuuenem fraterna caede secuta?Â, to follow a lover dabbled with my brother’s blood!Â, Or shall I console myself with the faithful love of my spouse,Â, quine fugit lentos incuruans gurgite remos?Â, who is flying from me, bending his tough oars in the wave?Â, praeterea nullo colitur sola insula tecto,Â, and here too is naught but the shore, with never a house, a desert island;Â, nec patet egressus pelagi cingentibus undis.Â, no way to depart opens for me; about me are the waters of the sea;Â, nulla fugae ratio, nulla spes: omnia muta,Â, no means of flight, no hope; all is dumb,Â, omnia sunt deserta, ostentant omnia letum.Â, all is desolate; all shows me the face of death.Â, non tamen ante mihi languescent lumina morte,Â, Yet my eyes shall not grow faint in death,Â, nec prius a fesso secedent corpore sensus,Â, nor shall the sense fail from my wearied body,Â, quam iustam a diuis exposcam prodita multamÂ, before I demand from the gods just vengeance for my betrayal,Â, caelestumque fidem postrema comprecer hora.Â. Prona cadit, †lateque cum eius obuia frangens), 110 That chant no length of time shall prove untruthful. Non flauo retinens subtilem uertice mitram, They fear to swear nothing, they spare to promise nothing. a rapidly moving ship as they swept the deep blue expanse the inextricable entanglement of the building should bewilder him. obtulerat mente immemori, talem ipse recepit. no, but a joyful wedlock, but a desired espousal;Â, quae cuncta aereii discerpunt irrita uenti.Â, all which the winds of Heaven now blow abroad in vain.Â, nunc iam nulla uiro iuranti femina credat,Â, Henceforth let no woman believe a man’s oath,Â, nulla uiri speret sermones esse fideles;Â, let none believe that a man’s speeches can be trustworthy.Â, quis dum aliquid cupiens animus praegestit apisci,Â, They, while their mind desires something and longs eagerly to gain it,Â, nil metuunt iurare, nihil promittere parcunt:Â, nothing fear to swear, nothing spare to promise;Â, sed simul ac cupidae mentis satiata libido est,Â, but as soon as the lust of their greedy mind is satisfied,Â, dicta nihil metuere, nihil periuria curant.Â, they fear not then their words, they heed not their perjuries.Â, certe ego te in medio uersantem turbine letiÂ, I — thou knowest it — when thou wert tossing in the very whirl of death,Â, eripui, et potius germanum amittere creui,Â, saved thee, and set my heart rather to let my brother go, quam tibi fallaci supremo in tempore dessem.Â, than to fail thee, now faithless found, in thy utmost need.Â, pro quo dilaceranda feris dabor alitibusqueÂ, And for this I shall be given to beasts and birds to tear as a prey;Â, praeda, neque iniacta tumulabor mortua terra.Â, my corpse shall have no sepulture, shall be sprinkled with no earth.Â, What lioness bore thee under a desert rock?Â, quod mare conceptum spumantibus exspuit undis,Â, what sea conceived thee and vomited thee forth from its foaming waves?Â, quae Syrtis, quae Scylla rapax, quae uasta Carybdis,Â, what Syrtis, what ravening Scylla, what waste Charybdis bore thee,Â, talia qui reddis pro dulci praemia uita?Â, who for sweet life returnest such meed as this?Â, si tibi non cordi fuerant conubia nostra,Â, saeua quod horrebas prisci praecepta parentis,Â, for dread of the harsh bidding of thy stern father,Â, attamen in uestras potuisti ducere sedes,Â, yet thou couldst have led me into thy dwellingsÂ, quae tibi iucundo famularer serua labore,Â, to serve thee as a slave with labour of love,Â, candida permulcens liquidis uestigia lymphis,Â, laving thy white feet with liquid water,Â, purpureaue tuum consternens ueste cubile.Â. Then Peleus, inflamed, quali spe perdita nitor?Â, For whither shall I return, lost, ah, lost? but with what type of mind Theseus left me alone, Ivory currite ducentes subtegmina, currite, fusi. Lectulus in molli complexu matris alebat, Any student of Latin lyric poetry will tell you that Catullus' poems get pretty raunchy, obsessed with genitalia, semen, and sex in general. Candet ebur soliis, conlucent pocula mensae, shows the virtues of heroes with amazing skill. The narrow city walls were being troubled with which evil things, guiding footsteps wandering to the thin string Aduenere, domum conuentu tota frequentat going out from the labyrinthian bendings. Tortaque remigio spumis incanduit unda, the table, and the whole house,glittering, rejoiced in the royal treasure. And thus relying on the light ship and on the gentle breezes become soft, the low grapevines hadn't been cleared out with aereum nivei montis liquere cacumen. 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