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Ennius, Annals

LCL 294: 2-3

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Ennius Annales

Liber I


Varro, L.L., VII, 19: Ennii . . .—

Musae quae pedibus magnum pulsatis Olympum;

caelum dicunt Graeci Olympum.

Cp. Varr., R.R., I, 1, 4; Serv., ad Aen., XI., 660; Hom. Il., II, 484 Ἔσπετε νῦν μοι Μοῦσαι Ὀλύμπια δώματ᾿ ἔχουσαι.


[Probus], ap. G.L., IV, 23, 11 K: Neutro genere . . . brevis est (syllaba). . . . Ennius in I—

Nam populos . . . . . . Italos res atque poemata nostra cluebunt.

Fronto, de Eloq., 146 N: Magistra Homeri Calliopa, magister Enni Homerus et Somnus.

  • 2-3Italos . . . cluebunt W coll. Lucret., I, 119, ‘per gentes Italas hominum quae clara clueret’ cluvebunt D (I.) fort. Namque Italos . . . | clarabunt (cp. Hor., C., IV, 3, 4—clarabit). alii alia nam latos p. res cd.


Ennius Annals

Book I

Prelude. From the Sack of Troy to the Death of Romulus


The first a line; invocation of the Muses:

Varro: In Ennius there is . . .—

Muses, who with your feet beat mighty Olympus; by Olympus the Greeks mean the sky.


Exhortation to readers:

Probus: As for the neuter gender the syllable b is short . . . . Ennius in the first bookd

c for my subject and my poem shall have renown among the peoples of Italy.

Homer, seen by Ennius on Mount Helicon in a dream, was the source of inspiration:

Fronto: Homer’s instructress was Calliope; Ennius’ instructors were Homer and Sleep.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.ennius-annals.1935