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Aeneid

Liber II

mpr Conticuere omnes intentique ora tenebant. inde toro pater Aeneas sic orsus ab alto: “Infandum, regina, iubes renovare dolorem, Troianas ut opes et lamentabile regnum 5eruerint Danai, quaeque ipse miserrima vidi et quorum pars magna fui. quis talia fando Myrmidonum Dolopumve aut duri miles Ulixi temperet a lacrimis? et iam nox umida caelo praecipitat suadentque cadentia sidera somnos. 10sed si tantus amor casus cognoscere nostros et breviter Troiae supremum audire laborem, quamquam animus meminisse horret luctuque refugit, incipiam. “Fracti bello fatisque repulsi ductores Danaum, tot iam labentibus annis, 15instar montis equum divina Palladis arte aedificant sectaque intexunt abiete costas; votum pro reditu simulant; ea fama vagatur. huc delecta virum sortiti corpora furtim includunt caeco lateri penitusque cavernas 20ingentis uterumque armato milite complent. “Est in conspectu Tenedos, notissima fama insula, dives opum, Priami dum regna manebant, nunc tantum sinus et statio male fida carinis:

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Book II

Book II

All were hushed, and kept their rapt gaze upon him; then from his raised couch father Aeneas thus began:

“Too deep for words, O queen, is the grief you bid me renew, how the Greeks overthrew Troy’s wealth and woeful realm—the sights most piteous that I saw myself and wherein I played no small role. What Myrmidon or Dolopian, or soldier of the stern Ulysses, could refrain from tears in telling such a tale? And now dewy night is speeding from the sky and the setting stars counsel sleep. Yet if such is your desire to learn of our disasters, and in few words to hear of Troy’s last agony, though my mind shudders to remember and has recoiled in pain, I will begin.

“Broken in war and thwarted by the fates, the Danaan chiefs, now that so many years were gliding by, build by Pallas’ divine art a horse of mountainous bulk, and interweave its ribs with planks of fir. They pretend it is an offering for their safe return; this is the rumour that goes abroad. Here, within its dark sides, they stealthily enclose the choicest of their stalwart men and deep within they fill the huge cavern of the belly with armed soldiery.

“There lies in sight an island well known to fame, Tenedos, rich in wealth while Priam’s kingdom stood, now but a bay and an unsafe anchorage for ships. Hither they

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.virgil-aeneid.1916