Interea gelidis Maia satus aliger umbris iussa gerens magni remeat Iovis; undique pigrae ire vetant nubes et torpidus implicat aër, nec Zephyri rapuere gradum, sed foeda silentis 5aura poli. Styx inde novem circumflua campis, hinc obiecta vias torrentum incendia claudunt. pone senex trepida succedit Laius umbra vulnere tardus adhuc; capulo nam largius illi transabiit animam cognatis ictibus ensis 10impius et primas Furiarum pertulit iras; it tamen et medica firmat vestigia virga. tum steriles luci possessaque manibus arva et ferrugineum nemus astupet, ipsaque Tellus miratur patuisse retro, nec livida tabes 15invidiae functis quamquam et iam lumine cassis defuit. unus ibi ante alios, cui laeva voluntas semper et ad superos (hinc et gravis exitus aevi) insultare malis rebusque aegrescere laetis, ‘vade,’ ait, ‘o felix, quoscumque vocaris in usus, 20seu Iovis imperio, seu maior adegit Erinys

  • 3turbidus Pω (Baehrens): turpi- cod. saec. xi
  • 9animam P: costas ω

Book 2

Book 2

Meanwhile Maia’s winged son returns from the chill shades bearing great Jove’s command. From every side sluggish clouds forbid his passage and torpid air envelops him; no Zephyrs speeded his course, but the foul breath of the silent hemisphere. On one side Styx flowing round nine tracts, on the other blazing torrents block and bound his path. After comes old Laius’ trembling shade, still slow from his wound. For the impious blade transfixed his life beyond the hilt with kindred thrust and rammed home the Furies’ first wrath. 1 Yet on he goes, steadying his steps with the healing wand. 2 Then the barren groves and ghost-haunted fields and forest of sombre hue stand amazed, and Earth herself marvels to have opened rearwards; nor did even the dead and lightless lack the livid corruption of envy. One in particular, whose warped will it ever was even in the upper world (hence his life ended ill) to insult misfortune and wax sour at prosperity, ‘Go,’ he cries, ‘happy one, for whatever uses you are summoned—whether Jove’s command or a greater Fury has forced you to face

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.statius-thebaid.2004