Claudian, The War against Gildo

LCL 135: 98-99

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De Bello Gildonico

Liber I(XV)

Redditus imperiis Auster subiectaque rursus alterius convexa poli. rectore sub uno conspirat geminus frenis communibus orbis. iunximus Europen Libyae. concordia fratrum 5plena redit. patriis solum quod defuit armis, tertius occubuit nati virtute tyrannus. horret adhuc animus manifestaque gaudia differt, dum stupet et tanto cunctatur credere voto. necdum Cinyphias exercitus attigit oras: 10iam domitus Gildo. nullis victoria nodis haesit, non spatio terrae, non obice ponti. congressum profugum captum vox nuntiat una rumoremque sui praevenit laurea belli. quo, precor, haec effecta deo? robusta vetusque 15tempore tam parvo potuit dementia vinci? quem veniens indixit hiems, ver perculit hostem.


The War Against Gildo

The War Against Gildo1

Book I


The kingdom of the south is restored to our empire, the sky of that other hemisphere is once more brought into subjection. East and West live in amity and concord beneath the sway of one ruler. We have joined Europe again to Africa, and unswerving singleness of purpose unites the brother emperors. The would-be third participant of empire has fallen before the prowess of Honorius the son—that one victory that failed to grace the arms of Theodosius, the father. Still is my mind troubled and admits not the universal joy for very amazement, nor can believe the fulfilment of its heartfelt prayers. Not yet had the army landed upon Africa’s2 coasts when Gildo yielded to defeat. No difficulties delayed our victorious arms, neither length of march nor intervening ocean. One and the same word brings news of the conflict, the flight, the capture of Gildo. The news of victory outstripped the news of the war that occasioned it. What god wrought this for us? Could madness so strong, so deep-seated be overcome so soon? The enemy whom early winter brought upon us, spring destroyed.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.claudian_claudianus-war_gildo.1922