Whither do I stray? To fill a basket of leaves for a sick ewe: Forgive me. Tracing his descent from her through many generations: Searching for the roots of his race, unwinding the rolls. Who drinks of it goes mad.” “They think no shame,” said I, “to set a dish of herbs on the tables of the Mistress. Abandoned what he was: the goddess, angered, avenged it. tempora digereret cum conditor Urbis, in anno constituit menses quinque bis esse suo. To offer the entrails of a dog and a sheep to the flames. Twice the king’s unshorn head was sprinkled with water from a spring; twice he veiled his brows with beechen leaves. Kind Ceres abstained, and gave to the boy. Since the land of Italy was Greater Greece. Under your auspices may this my fabric rise! Aphrodite, from aphros, “foam.” And soft hands beat at the bull’s-hide drums. The whole competition is framed as a repeat of the judgment of Paris, and Ovid finally declines to make a choice. 85. O let the crops, nursed by the stars of a propitious sky, grow till they are ripe for the sickle. She’d left Ortygia, Megara and the Pantagias. She began: “Tis thought, the wildness of the brute was tamed by her: that she testifies by her (lion-drawn) car.” But why is her head weighted with a turreted crown? Poppy seeds in warm milk to make him sleep. He in a valley at the end of a willow copse caught a vixen fox which had carried off many farmyard fowls. And she was called the bride of Assaracus’ son,12 in order, to be sure, that in time to come great Caesar might count the Julian line among his sires. That boys of yours will indeed by mortal, but he will be the first to plough and sow and reap a guerdon from the turned-up soil.”, [561] She said, and forth she fared, trailing a cloud behind her, and passed to her dragons, then soared aloft in her winged car. And I, so distant – but Muse, quell your complaints! Her daughter, Persephone, attended by girls, as ever. It was midnight: silent in peaceful slumber, Caressed him with her hand three times, and spoke. 32. She left behind bold Sunium,56 and the snug harbour of Piraeus, and the coast that lies on the right hand. I said ‘Where did this urge to cut off. Apparent setting was on March 20, true setting on April 5. By wounds inflicted on the tree she cut down the Naiad, who perished thus; for the fate of the Naiad was bound up with the tree. It was burned down in 111 B.C., when one Metellus restored it (? Scopus Citations. Yet the ship lodged there, like an island fixed in mid-ocean: And astonished at the portent, men stood and quaked. His wife, Egeria, most dear to the grove, eased his doubt, Saying: ‘What’s needed are the innards of a pregnant cow,’, The innards of a pregnant cow were offered: the year proved. A city arose destined to set its victorious foot upon the neck of the whole earth; who at that time could have believed such a prophecy? To her dragons, and was carried away in her winged chariot. She said: ‘It’s because the Berecynthian goddess by good luck, Changed her house, and they try for the same luck, by their visits.’, I was about to ask why the Megalesia are the first games. The secret was kept, and the ancient deed is still acted in mimicry; the attendants of the goddess thump the brass and rumbling leather; cymbals they strike instead of helmets, and drums instead of shields; the flute plays, as of yore, the Phrygian airs.”. [393] Next come the games of Ceres. And the god, half-goat, have fled at sight of me: If my knife has pruned the copse of a shady bough. See i. Ovid, Fasti 4.831 Author(s): David Kovacs Source: The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 25 si licet et fas est, vates rege vatis habenas, auspice te felix totus ut annus eat. At one time that year it was dry, with cold northerlies. Of the centuries, he came at last to his divine kin. Said to have founded Patavium. ‘Hurt or whole have I ever deserted your cause? Sir James George Frazer. And raised her light three times in the vast heavens, A goddess comes framed in a thousand varied garlands. One tried the rocks of the wooded Palatine. Amulius had already been punished, and all. Meanwhile Night arrived, her calm brow wreathed. And healthy the vigilant pack of wakeful dogs. They would sweep the cottage, set on timber piles. There I entered, as usual, the house of my former host: Phoebus had already unyoked his weary horses. Add meats, and a pail of her milk, and when the meat. A day was chosen for him to mark out the walls with a plough. Intent on gathering them, she gradually strayed. 56. The goddess, moved, blesses the work: my ship. Ceres was startled by their grief (she’d just now come from Enna), And cried instantly ‘Ah me! [417] The subject requires that I should narrate the rape of the Virgin: in my narrative you will read much that you knew before; a few particulars will be new to you. The Sibyl. And so her face now is covered by her hands. In spring the landscape glistens; soft is the soil in spring; now the corn pushes its blades through the cleft ground; now the vine-shoot protrudes its buds in the swelling bark. When Augustus was made Pontifex Maximus, eh should have taken up his residence in the Regia near Vesta’s temple, but instead he built a chapel of Vesta in his own house on the Palatine, and dedicated it on April 28, which was made a public holiday. On the sons of Aeneas, and guard their many wives. I must therefore71 explain the reason why foxes are let loose with torches tied to their burning backs.72 The land of Carseoli73 is cold and not suited for the growth of olives, but the soil is well adapted for corn. Let a basket of millet keep the millet cakes company: The rural goddess particularly loves that food. Eros and Anteros. Then Jove was born. At dawn of day they loosed the rope from the oaken stump; but first they set down a brazier and put incense on it, and crowned the poop, and sacrificed an unblemished heifer that had known neither the yoke nor the bull. Either Zancle (an ancient name of Messene) or Drepanum, named after zanklon or drepanon, “a sickle.” The other places named are also in Sicily. Book IV: April 4 The Megalesian Festival of Cybele. Night fell: they tied the rope to an oak stump. To redden, and the birds, wet with dew, are singing, And the traveller who’s been awake all night, puts down. What’s the reason?’ I asked. Phrygian (from Mount Berecyntus). Ye, too, she herself bids bathe under the green myrtle, and there is a certain reason for her command; learn what it is. I’ve reached the fourth month, where you’re most honoured, And you know, Venus, both month and poet are yours.’, The goddess, moved, touching my brow lightly, With Cytherean myrtle, said: ‘Finish what you’ve begun.’. Alba followed Latinus: Epytus was next to take your titles Alba. 57. ‘The enemy’s pledged his vine-crop to the Tyrrhenian king: Jupiter, you shall have the wine from the Latin vines!’. 228 lines in total, and of that total 200 (4.419-618) relate The Virgin’s Rape. On April 1, women of the lower sort bathed in the men’s public baths, and worshipped Fortuna Virilis. But do not thou profane the corn, and ever may the husbandman be able to pay his vows to thee in thine absence.” So he spoke. Then at last Ceres recovered her looks and her spirits, and set wreaths of corn ears on her hair; and the laggard fields yielded plenteous harvest, and the threshing-floor could hardly hold the high-piled sheaves. 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