Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica

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Valerius Flaccus

351solverat amplexus tristi tuba tertia signo. dant remo sua quisque viri, dant nomina transtris. hinc laevum Telamon pelagus tenet, altior inde occupat Alcides aliud mare, cetera pubes dividitur: celer Asterion, quem matre cadentem 356Piresius1 gemino fovit pater amne Cometes, segnior Apidani vires ubi sentit Enipeus nititur hinc Talaus fratrisque Leodocus urget remo terga sui, quos nobile contulit Argos. hinc quoque missus adest quamvis arcentibus Idmon 361alitibus; sed turpe viro timuisse futura. hic et Naubolides tortas consurgit in undas Iphitus, hic patrium frangit Neptunius aequor qui tenet undisonam Psamathen semperque patentem 365Taenaron Euphemus, mollique a litore Pellae Deucalion certus iaculis et comminus ense nobilis Amphion, pariter quos edidit Hypso nec potuit similes voluitve ediscere vultus. tum valida Clymenus percusso pectore tonsa 370frater et Iphiclus puppem trahit, et face saeva in tua mox Danaos acturus saxa, Caphareu, Nauplius, et tortum non a Iove fulmen Oileus qui gemet, Euboicas nato stridente per undas, quique Erymanthei sudantem pondere monstri 375Amphitryoniaden Tegeaeo limine Cepheus iuvit, et Amphidamas (at frater plenior annis maluit Ancaeo vellus contingere Phrixi)


Argonautica, I.

of the trumpet with its mournful signal loosed the embraces that made wind and ship tarry. Each man gives his name to his oar and to his bench. Here to larboard Telamon has his place, loftier than he Alcides takes his seat to starboard, the rest of the youth go to this side or to that; the nimble Asterion, whom as he slipped from his mother’s womb his father, the Piresian Cometes, bathed at the joining of two rivers, where the sluggish Enipeus feels the might of Apidanus . . . On one side Talaus strains, and Leodocus presses his brother’s back with his oar; lordly Argos sent the pair to join the host. On this side too is Idmon, sent despite warning omens; but it is shameful for a man to dread the future. Here too Iphitus, son of Naubolus, rises to strike the curling waves, here Neptune’s son cleaves his father’s sea, even Euphemus who dwells in Psamathe, washed with the sounding waters, and ever yawning Taenarus, and from the sandy shores of Pella Deucalion of the unerring javelin, and Amphion renowned in the close fight, whom Hypso at one birth brought forth and could not nor wished to tell their faces apart, so like were they. Next Clymenus, striking his breast with the strong oar, and his brother Iphiclus move the vessel, and Nauplius soon with cruel beacon to drive the Greeks upon thy rocks, Caphareus, and Oileus, who will one day lament the bolt that Jupiter hurled not, as his son’s body hisses over the Aegean waves;1 Cepheus too who did. aid Amphitryon’s son, sweating beneath the burden of the beast of Erymanthus on the threshold of Tegea, and Amphidamas (though his brother, fuller of years, chose rather to let the fleece of Phrixus fall to Ancaeus), and Eurytion,

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.valerius_flaccus-argonautica.1934