Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.2. Comus

LCL 256: 8-9


Philostratus: Imagines

297 K.β΄ ΚΩΜΟΣ

(1) Ὁ δαίμων ὁ Κῶμος, παρ᾿ οὗ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὸ κωμάζειν, ἐφέστηκεν ἐν θαλάμου θύραις χρυσαῖς οἶμαι, βραδεῖα δὲ ἡ κατάληψις αὐτῶν ὑπὸ τοῦ ὡς ἐν νυκτὶ εἶναι. γέγραπται δὲ ἡ νὺξ 5οὐκ ἀπὸ τοῦ σώματος, ἀλλ᾿ ἀπὸ καιροῦ, δηλοῖ δὲ τὰ προπύλαια νυμφίους μάλα ὀλβίους ἐν εὐνῇ κεῖσθαι. (2) καὶ ὁ Κῶμος ἥκει νέος παρὰ νέους, ἁπαλὸς καὶ οὔπω ἔφηβος, ἐρυθρὸς ὑπὸ οἴνου καὶ καθεύδων ὀρθὸς ὑπὸ τοῦ μεθύειν.


Book I. 2

2. Comus

The spirit Comus2 (Revelry), to whom men owe their revelling, is stationed at the doors of a chamber—golden doors, I think they are; but to make them out is a slow matter, for the time is supposed to be at night. Yet night is not represented as a person, but rather it is suggested by what is going on; and the splendid entrance indicates that it is a very wealthy pair just married who are lying on a couch. And Comus has come, a youth to join the youths, delicate and not yet full grown, flushed with wine and, though erect, he is asleep under the influence of drink. As he

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_2_comus.1931