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Seneca the Younger, Hercules

LCL 62: 84-85

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Seneca

post monstra tot perdomita, post Phlegram impio 445sparsam cruore postque defensos deos nondum liquet de patre? mentimur Iovem? Iunonis odio crede.

lycus

Quid violas Iovem? mortale caelo non potest iungi genus.

amphitryon

Communis ista pluribus causa est deis.

lycus

450Famuline fuerant ante quam fierent dei?

amphitryon

Pastor Pheraeos Delius pavit greges.

lycus

Sed non per omnes exul erravit plagas.

amphitryon

Quem profuga terra mater errante edidit?

lycus

Num monstra saevas Phoebus aut timuit feras?

amphitryon

455Primus sagittas imbuit Phoebi draco.

lycus

Quam gravia parvus tulerit ignoras mala?

amphitryon

E matris utero fulmine eiectus puer mox fulminanti proximus patri stetit.

  • 454saevas* A: saeva E
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Hercules

he conquered so many monsters, after he defended the gods and spattered their enemies’ blood over Phlegra, is there still any doubt about his father? Are we lying about Jove? Believe Juno’s hatred!

lycus

Why profane Jove? Mortal kind cannot unite with heaven.

amphitryon

That is the origin shared by many gods.

lycus

Had they been slaves before they could become gods?

amphitryon

A cowhand from Delos pastured herds in Thessaly. 28

lycus

But he did not drift in exile through every region.

amphitryon

Though a fleeing mother bore him on a drifting land?

lycus

Did Phoebus face monsters or savage beasts?

amphitryon

The first to stain Phoebus’ arrows was a dragon.

lycus

Do you not know what serious trials he bore while small?

amphitryon

A boy expelled by the lightning bolt from his mother’s womb soon stood at the side of his lightning-wielding

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.seneca_younger-hercules.2002