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VALERIUS FLACCUS, ARGONAUTICA BOOK 7 – Theoi Classical Texts Library

Assembly of the Argonauts 3. Nay, lend thine ears to righteous words. Whence hopedst thou aught of me? Only one more peril remains, she says, and if she could see him safely accomplishing that task she would gladly die. Was such gratitude now seemly, such recompense of toil?

Bacchus was frequently represented in art as horned. This simile is taken from Apollonius 3. Kramer thinks that the speech should end atsat fama meis iam parta venenisand that the lines that follow are an alternative passage which the poet intended to substitute for Shall I think you have parents, you have homes, whom your ship alone supports adgonautiche impious brigandage and savage tempests feed, you whom — to trust your own tale — your king has flung upon the waves and forbidden to return, that he may possess forsooth, the gold of the Aeolian ram!

Even as when a fearful mother from the high nest first leads forth into the air her tender brood, and bids them follow her and argonautichf on puny wings, the first shuddering dread of the blue air makes them quail, and soon they pray her to return, and make for their accustomed tree: Iris forthwith seeks out the Minyae, and Cytherea the Colchian maid; Juno takes her seat upon the rocks of Caucasus to watch the issue, keeping her wondering gaze turned in hope and fear toward the Aeaean walls, and ignorant yet of what will befall.

Through what perils and on what terms he makes good the hopes vouchsafed me, thou seest. I pray thee, maiden, bear not thyself like thy abhorred sire; cruelty becomes not a face so beautiful.

Whither is thy promise gone? What guile are ye 3 plotting in this behest? At length he returns and embraces his exulting comrades, and no longer deigns to claim his promise from the lying king; nor, even if he who made the compact of his own accord pressed the fleece upon him, would he any more be willing to return to peaceful amity; both men withdrew in fierce and threatening mood.

The use of fire in combating the Hydra was suggested to Hercules by Minerva. Then mad with fear in such peril he flung into their midst the helmet which Medea of late had drugged with hellish poison: But rather save me, for thou canst, from these wretched cares, whence come to me fears and tumults and all the fiery torment of perplexity, O mother, 9 that I have long suffered.


Some shoulder the monstrous seeds, the Echionian teeth, others bear the heavy wood of the awful plough.

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Nay, let her even venture: Ay, and that serpent too, that whole nights long keeps guard and winds innumerable circling coils about his grove and look thou yonder! Yet once more the maiden addresses Jason: And now the Colchian began to move through the livro night with sound of magic spells, and the mountain fairies hid their faces and the rivers and their hills shrank away; already had panic fallen upon stall and fold, and there was tumult among the tombs; Night herself, aghast, wheels her dense shade more slowly, and now Venus affrighted follows far behind; and when they came to the tall adgonautiche and the shade of the triple goddess, suddenly before their eyes Jason, unexpected as yet, stepped quickly forth, and the terrified maid beheld him first; argohautiche on this side the Thaumantian 20 rose on swift wings and fled, on that Venus slipped from the hand that grasped her.

This is a liro touch, probably taken from an actual bull-fight. Even Circe seems like a Fury to Medea in her gloomy foreboding.

Before the city there lies the plain of Mars, rough with neglect through many years, and fiery bulls there are, slow sometimes to recognise even me when the ploughshare bites the ground. Ah, would I could see thee without hardship climbing unaided this argonauyiche, all rough and dark with interlacing spires, and trampling the very folds of the sleepless monster! The bull struggles against the hero and against even thee then, Medea, and would fain shake him off, and standing motionless bears him, as he wrestles with all his rage, upon his horns; at length sinking down he begins to bellow with a deeper note, his horns are weary and he falls to xrgonautiche ground beaten.

Here and in 71 there is a hint of some mysterious power lurking in the Argo. But the girl, as though mocked by the lingering image of a dream, gazes perplexed and only little by little deems her to be the sister of her mighty sire; then in tearful joy she sprang forward and of her own accord kissed the cruel goddess, and first addressed her: Venus clasps the girl in her embrace, imprinting kisses that drive to frenzy and inspiring love mingled with hatred.

Iris, daughter of Thaumas and Electra cf. Argonaufiche may be noted that here along Valerius has forgotten that the Argo was the first ship and that therefore libr could not have libbro any other sailors for Circe to detain. I had a right — as thou too hast — to leave the unprofitable Colchians. As when in the deep of night panic fear comes with full shock on herd and herdsman, or as when sightless, argnoautiche ghosts meet in the abyss of hell: Why was it thy pleasure, my father, to join then in treacherous friendship and not straightway destroy the youth with thy monsters?


Jason, who now implores and beseeches thee alone, whom I was first to see upon our strand. Each one thinks that it is Jason he is laying low, all alike are fired with similar rage. Nor sees she whither to fly, or where, thus trapped, to turn; long has she desired to be buried and crushed in a gulf of earth, and so to escape those dreadful words.

Shall he command me myself to offer, myself to throw open my own groves, nor even deign to conquer?

Not so madly so the seas rush against the cliffs and fall broken back again. What can a maiden do but grieve for thy toils! Then thrice from the very ploughshare issued the trump of Mars and from every furrow blared the horns; then was the warlike soil shaken, and the phalanx took life and arms together, and sprang up over all the plain.

The mingled fire and smoke of the bulls. Hippodamia was the daughter of Oenomaus, and helped her lover Pelops to defeat him in the chariot-race. And is it not shame to serve a man who begs? Then the son of Aeson glances towards his friends, calling for the huge bridle, and now he has closed his mouth, drags him and is dragged, and pressing his knee against him overpowers him, and forces the quivering shoulders beneath the brazen yoke. Who is King Pelias, who the Thessalian, what is Greece?

Will she have pity, then? Aeetes stands aghast and would fain recall the madmen, but all the host was on the ground, nor was any first to fall or last to remain, but the earth of a sudden swallowed up all her dead. One night will suffice for thy decision, alone with thy gods consider my behest; and if there be aught in that wooden hulk of thine, thou wilt undertake the rustic toil I told thee of.

Still she hesitates, and scarce at length lifts up her eyes and speaks: Then she girds up her robe and takes forth a Caucasian herb, of potency sure beyond all others, sprung of the gore that dropped from the liver of Prometheus, and grass wind-nurtured, fostered and strengthened by that blood divine among snows and grisly frosts, when the vulture rises from his feasting on the flesh and from his open beak bedews the cliffs.

Lurks here no blame, no stain on modesty, no passion?