Statius, Thebaid

LCL 207: 136-137

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unde procul tergo metus et via prona nocendi, saxum ingens, quod vix plena cervice gementes 560vertere humo et muris valeant inferre iuvenci, rupibus avellit; dein toto sanguine nixus sustinet, immanem quaerens librare ruinam, qualis in adversos Lapithas erexit inanem magnanimus cratera Pholus. stupet obvia leto 565turba superstantem atque emissi turbine montis obruitur; simul ora virum, simul arma manusque fractaque commixto sederunt pectora ferro. quattuor hic adeo disiecti mole sub una congemuere; fuga tremefactum protinus agmen 570excutitur coeptis. neque enim temnenda iacebant funera: fulmineus Dorylas, quem regibus ardens aequabat virtus, Martisque e semine Theron terrigenas confisus avos, nec vertere cuiquam frena secundus Halys (sed tunc pedes occubat arvis) 575Pentheumque trahens nondum te Phaedimus aequo, Bacche, genus. quorum ut subitis exterrita fatis agmina turbatam vidit laxare catervam, quae duo sola manu gestans acclinia monti fixerat, intorquet iacula et fugientibus addit. 580mox in plana libens, nudo ne pectore tela inciderent, saltu praeceps defertur et orbem, quem procul oppresso vidit Therone volutum, corripuit, tergoque et vertice tegmina nota saeptus et hostili propugnans pectora parma 585constitit. inde iterum densi glomerantur in unum Ogygidae firmantque gradum; trahit ocius ensem

  • 560murisque (du- P) valent Pω (Hall: alii alia)
  • 561avellit ω: ev- P
  • 568disiecta P: deiecti ω (Ϛ, Barth)

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cliff where danger from the rear is remote and the way to hurt runs downward. From the rocks he plucks a huge boulder, which groaning steers with full strength of neck could scarce tear from the ground and bring within walls; 52 then striving with all his might, he raises and seeks to balance the monstrous bulk, like great-hearted Pholus hoisting an empty mixing bowl against his Lapith adversaries. Stupified, the crowd in death’s path sees him standing above. He hurls the mountain and its rush overwhelms them. Their faces are squashed and their weapons and hands and shattered breasts, mingled with steel. Four groaned together here, scattered under a single mass. Straightway the terrified troop are shaken from their attempt. For they who lay fallen were of no small note: Dorylas the thunderbolt, whose ardent valour matched him with kings; Theron of Mars’ seed, confident in his earthborn ancestors; Halys, rider second to none, but now a footsoldier, he lies dead upon the ground; Phaedimus of Pentheus’ line—Bacchus has not yet forgiven. Appalled by their sudden fate the ranks break in confusion. As Tydeus sees it, he hurls two javelins (these only he had carried and planted them leaning against the mountain) in the wake of his fleeing foes. Then of his own will he leaps down to the level and lest weapons fall on his unprotected breast snatches up the shield that he had seen roll away when Theron was crushed. His back and head guarded by their familiar coverings, defending his breast with the enemy buckler, he took his stand. Once again the sons of Ogygus gather in one dense body and stand fast. Tydeus swiftly

  • 52To be used for building or as a projectile in a siege?
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.statius-thebaid.2004