Carmine 64 tells the story of Theseus voyage and his defeat of the Minotaur from the maidenâs point of view. namque ferunt olim, classi cum moenia divae Illa tempestate, ferox quo ex tempore Theseus Achilles is not specifically mentioned in the poem. having set out from the curved shores of Piraeus flammati Phaethontis et aerea cupressu. ante pedes autem candentis mollia lanae at parte ex alia florens volitabat Iacchus For (Ariadne) looking out from the wave-resounding shore of Dia, she (Ariadne) sees Theseus withdrawing with the fast fleet, Not however she in vain promising little gifts to the gods impia non verita est diuos scelerare penates. Catullus refers to Mount Etna. Since 1995 this site has been the place to find translations of the poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus. And thus relying on the light ship and on the gentle breezes Venerit, aut ut eam deuinctam lumina somno Lumina quam cuncto concepit corpore flammam nor he shows that he himself safe saw the Athenian port. and I dead will not be buried with dirt having been thrown over. with all her soul, with all her mind (lost, ah lost!) Quanto saepe magis fulgore expalluit auri, How great she turned pale of gold with great gleam, Aut ut uecta rati spumosa ad litora Diae qui postquam niveis flexerunt sedibus artus Gnosia Cecropiae tetigissent litora puppes, For once they say when Aegeus was entrusting the son leaving the walls quine fugit lentos incurvans gurgite remos? did you carry the accursed false oaths of home? pars obscura cavis celebrabant orgia cistis, Regia, quam suauis exspirans castus odores by which motion, the land and the bristling seas trembled carmina divino cecinerunt pectore Parcae. snatches you from uwilling me, to whom the weak eyes not yet https://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Translation:Catullus_64&oldid=10094773, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. had rested in our seats as a guest! For just as a wild whirlwind twisting the trunk with gust purpureaque procul nantes ab luce refulgent: Poem 64. for they say that she poured from the deepest chest clearsounding voice, Nequiquam uanis iactantem cornua uentis. 133: Emathiae tutamen, Opis carissime nato, carries forth angers breathing out of the chest, before themselves and made their delights known by their I who might serve you as a slave in joyful labor, This bedspread having been adorned with with ancient figures of men together at Pharsalus and filled Pharsalian houses. was hanging, misera, assiduis quam luctibus externauitÂ, unhappy maid! I having been ruined will demand a just penalty from the gods. Omnibus his Thesei dulcem praeoptarit amorem, agnoscam, cum te reducem aetas prospera sistet.' Funera Cecropiae nec funera portarentur. Desertam in sola miseram se cernat harena. One of Catullus' few epic poems. sed postquam tellus scelere est imbuta nefando non illi quisquam bello se conferet heros, Pelion's But did you not give these promises with a seductive voice Eumenides, quibus anguino redimita capillo spume and spun in an eddy by the rowing, the maritime with all things which having slipped away from the whole body here and there you throw burning girl with what type of disorderly mind with winning voice, not this didst thou bid me hope, sed conubia laeta, sed optatos hymenaeos,Â, ah me! talia divino fuderunt carmine fata, denique testis erit morti quoque reddita praeda, which orders before he was holding in a steady mind he having embraced gave such orders to the youth: Ariadne has good reason to be upset. 35 Trinacria. quae tum alacres passim lymphata mente furebant perfudere manus fraterno sanguine fratres, quae Syrtis, quae Scylla rapax, quae vasta Carybdis, Previous (Poem 63) Perseus text of Catullus 64, Lines 1-70: Next (Poem 64, Lines 71-131) PELIACO quondam prognatae uertice pinus : 1: PINE-TREES of old, born on the top of Pelion, dicuntur liquidas Neptuni nasse per undas : 2: which Syritis, what rapacious Scylla, what vast Charybdis, Or should I hope for the help of the father? Perhaps it is because the era in which he wrote has been so thoroughly recorded, analyzed and studied down through the last two thousand years, or perhaps it is because he was simply that good a student of human nature. alta Polyxenia madefient caede sepulcra; saepe in letifero belli certamine Mauors thou that stirrest cruel madness with ruthless heart,Â, sancte puer, curis hominum qui gaudia misces,Â, divine boy, who minglest joys of men with cares,Â, quaeque regis Golgos quaeque Idalium frondosum,Â, and thou, who reignest over Golgi and leafy Idalium,Â, qualibus incensam iactastis mente puellamÂ, on what billows did ye toss the burning heart of the maiden,Â, fluctibus, in flauo saepe hospite suspirantem!Â, often sighing for the golden-headed stranger!Â, quantos illa tulit languenti corde timores!Â, what fears did she endure with fainting heart!Â, quanto saepe magis fulgore expalluit auri,Â. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Tum tremuli salis aduersas procurrere in undas that he might without hindrance enjoy the flower of a young bride, the unnatural mother impiously coupling with her unconscious sonÂ, impia non uerita est diuos scelerare penates.Â. Did Tethys and Oceanus, who in the sea quae, velut ancipiti succumbens victima ferro, advenit Chiron portans siluestria dona: Oceanusque, mari totum qui amplectitur orbem? Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. Tells of Ariadne's plight as Theseus leaves her. First, come the mortals, then the gods are shown in procession â thus were weddings once attended. Often they say that one raging with burning heart Non humilis curuis purgatur uinea rastris, 40 Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. Caesar is said to have remarked that he approved of him, and then to have quoted from his works. Cecropiam solitam esse dapem dare Minotauro. Troicaque obsidens longinquo moenia bello, quo motu tellus atque horrida contremuerunt Gai Valeri Catvlli Liber Gai valeri catvlli veronensis liber I. Cvi dono lepidum novum libellum arido modo pumice expolitum? Pinea coniugens inflexae texta carinae. tali mente, deae, funestet seque suosque.' Quem procul ex alga maestis Minois ocellis ignaro mater substernens se impia nato saepe pater divum templo in fulgente reuisens, 14. But instead of taking his bride with him, Theseus abandons her and sails away. annuit, ut tauri respergas sanguine dextram, Superficially, it is concerned with Theseu’s abandonment of Ariadne and his neglect to finer details, such as hanging white sails instead of the colored sails of grief. voce mihi, non haec miserae sperare iubebas, not having been bound in respect to the milky breasts with polished bra, armatas hominum est praesens hortata cateruas. very same longed for day, all of Now when that longed-for day in time fulfilledÂ, aduenere, domum conuentu tota frequentatÂ, had come for them, all Thessaly in full assembly crowds the house,Â, Thessalia, oppletur laetanti regia coetu:Â, the palace is thronged with a joyful company.Â, dona ferunt prae se, declarant gaudia uultu.Â, They bring gifts in their hands, they display joy in their looks.Â, deseritur Cieros, linquunt Pthiotica TempeÂ, Cieros is deserted; they leave Phthiotic TempeÂ, and the houses of Crannon and the walls of Larissa;Â, Pharsalum coeunt, Pharsalia tecta frequentant.Â, at Pharsalus they meet, and flock to the houses of Pharsalus.Â, rura colit nemo, mollescunt colla iuuencis,Â, None now tills the lands; the necks of the steers grow soft;Â, non humilis curuis purgatur uinea rastris,Â, no more is the ground of the vineyard cleared with curved rakes;Â, non glebam prono conuellit uomere taurus,Â, no more does the pruners’ hook thin the shade of the tree;Â, non falx attenuat frondatorum arboris umbram,Â, no more does the ox tear up the soil with downward share;Â, squalida desertis rubigo infertur aratris.Â. The city in Phoenicia, now the Lebanon, famous for its purple dyes, made from murex. Then on that perfide, deserto liquisti in litore, Theseu? And thus said she mournfully in her last laments, ‘sicine me patriis auectam, perfide, ab arisÂ, “Thus then, having borne me afar from my father’s home,Â, perfide, deserto liquisti in litore, Theseu?Â, thus hast thou left me, faithless, faithless Theseus, on the lonely shore?Â, thus departing, unmindful of the will of the gods,Â, immemor a! It is so sweet, Fabullus that when you smell it, you’ll wish you were nothing but nose. Sedibus in mediis, Indo quod dente politum For which I will be given to be torn to pieces as prey to wild beast and birds, o bona matrumÂ, hail, heroes, sprung from gods! quemne ipsa reliqui Addressed to him as Catullus’s friend. nam simul ac fessis dederit fors copiam AchiuisÂ, “For so soon as Fortune shall give to the weary Acbaeans powerÂ, urbis Dardaniae Neptunia soluere uincla,Â, to loose the Neptune-forged circlet of the Dardanian town,Â, alta Polyxenia madefient caede sepulcra;Â, the high tomb shall be wetted with Polyxena’s blood,Â, quae, uelut ancipiti succumbens uictima ferro,Â, who like a victim falling under the two-edged steel,Â, proiciet truncum summisso poplite corpus.Â, shall bend her knee and bow her headless trunk.Â, quare agite optatos animi coniungite amores.Â, “Come then, unite the loves which your souls desire:Â, let the husband receive in happy bonds the goddess,Â, let the bride be given up — nay now! purpureaue tuum consternens veste cubile. wie? quae cuncta aereii discerpunt irrita uenti. from the whole spirit, from the whole mind having been lost. or the spring breeze leads out distinctive colors, Emersere freti candenti e gurgite uultus 15 Learn. on what hope do I lean?Â, shall I seek the mountains of Sidon? Mollia nudatae tollentem tegmina surae, 130 For once they say that Athens having been compelled by cruel plague but however you were able to lead me into your seats, Sic domito saeuum prostrauit corpore Theseus alta tepefaciet permixta flumina caede. by which means, whereby; why; wherefore, therefore, hence in welcher Weise? on Neptune's clear waves to Phasis, was revolving manifold cares in her wounded heart. the troubled one demanding a punishment for savage deeds, morte ferox Theseus, qualem Minoidi luctum or death or reward of praise! Superficially, it is concerned with, Flowery, convoluted, and subtle though his poetry can be, even from this end of history, Passer, deliciae meae puellae (Catullus 2), Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus (Catullus 5), Miser Catulle, desinas ineptire (Catullus 8), http://www.vroma.org/~hwalker/VRomaCatullus/064.html. Namque fluentisono prospectans litore Diae qui persaepe vago victor certamine cursus His âtriumphâ therefore instead becomes a funeral march, and his wedding an underlying cause of the downfall of Troy. cum teres excelso coaceruatum aggere bustum at parte ex alia florens uolitabat IacchusÂ, In another part of the tapestry youthful Bacchus was wanderingÂ, cum thiaso Satyrorum et Nysigenis Silenis,Â, with the rout of Satyrs and the Nysa-born Sileni, s, te quaerens, Ariadna, tuoque incensus amore.Â. From there the safe bent back the foot with great praise Now, he goes on to say, things are not going well outside the palace. For where should I bring myself back? not earlier she turned away from that one passionate light, quae tarde primum clementi flamine pulsae saeua quod horrebas prisci praecepta parentis, who lamented, lost in grief for her daugbter, omnibus his Thesei dulcem praeoptarit amorem:Â, how she chose before all these the sweet love of Theseus;Â, aut ut uecta rati spumosa ad litora DiaeÂ, or how the ship came borne to the foaming shores of Dia;Â, or how when her eyes were bound with sleepÂ, liquerit immemori discedens pectore coniunx?Â, her spouse left her, departing with forgetful mind?Â, saepe illam perhibent ardenti corde furentemÂ, Often in the madness of her burning heart they say that sheÂ, uttered piercing cries from her inmost breast;Â, ac tum praeruptos tristem conscendere montes,Â, and now would she sadly climb the rugged mountains,Â, unde aciem pelagi uastos protenderet aestus,Â, thence to strain her eyes over the waste of ocean-tide;Â, tum tremuli salis aduersas procurrere in undasÂ, now run out to meet the waters of the rippling brine,Â, lifting the soft vesture of her bared knee.Â, atque haec extremis maestam dixisse querellis,Â. nobody lived in the hinterland, the necks of young bulls had . unigenamque simul cultricem montibus Idri: Instead, Carmine 64 is one of Catullusâ longer works. Ipse suos diuum genitor concessit amores. cum Delphi tota certatim ex urbe ruentes how? come? euhoe bacchantes, euhoe capita inflectentes. illius egregias virtutes claraque facta urbis Dardaniae Neptunia solvere uincla, . However, the majority of the poem describes the myth of Ariadne and Theseus, which is introduced by an ekphrasis and grave of the maidens as a sacrificial meal to the Minotaur. The pine trees erstwhile grown on Mt. the young man having been sprinkled with fraternal blood? Puluinar uero diuae geniale locatur But they left the plain white sails installed. Aeëtean land, when the Whom I left behind having followed non tamen ante mihi languescent lumina morte, shows the virtues of heroes with amazing skill. Catullus - Catullus - The poetry: A consideration of the text of Catullus’ poems and of its arrangement is of unusual interest. excipiet niveos perculsae virginis artus. Quae simul optatae finito tempore luces Ipsius ante pedes fluctus salis adludebant. But why should I having digressed from the first poem nam quo me referam? Promittens tacito succendit uota labello. Treacherous one, thus have you left me having carried away from fatherly altars, Catullus Poem 64, Lines 1-70 . . the Cretan shores for the first time, from the bottom marrows helpless, burning, blind with crazy fury. Any student of Latin lyric poetry will tell you that Catullus' poems get pretty raunchy, obsessed with genitalia, semen, and sex in general. Frigidulos udo singultus ore cientem: atque ita decerpens aequabat semper opus dens, He seems to speak of the funeral procession, and of self-indulgent youth. Test. nec Thetidis taedas voluit celebrare iugales. large multiplici constructae sunt dape mensae, no method of flight, no hope: Everything is silentk caelicolae nondum spreta pietate solebant. consilia in nostris requiesset sedibus hospes! nil metuunt iurare, nihil promittere parcunt: How many times you brought those fearing with weak heart! Catullus, full name Gaius Valerius Catullus (84-54 BC),: Roman poet, often considered the greatest writer of Latin lyric verse. certe ego te in medio versantem turbine leti Catullus’ purse is a nest of cobwebs; for your noble efforts you’ll get the. Peliaco quondam prognatae uertice pinus Nereid, embrace you? Liquerit immemori discedens pectore coniunx? If our marriages had not been for you to the heart Irrita uentosae linquens promissa procellae. you who [now] gives back such rewards for a sweet life? procedunt leviterque sonant plangore cachinni, Tota domus gaudet regali splendida gaza. . Tyrian. a rapidly moving ship as they swept the deep blue expanse sicine discedens neglecto numine divum, She is mad with grief and anger. coniugis an fido consoler memet amore? Alas wretchedly rousing the furies with savage heart, currite ducentes subtegmina, currite, fusi. The verse opens with a beautiful discussion of how the Argosy was made from pines that grew on Pelion, and how, while the Argonauts were sailing to collect the Golden Fleece, Peleus caught sight of Thetis, the sea Nymph and they were wed. From that union came Achilles. or with purple coverlet spreading thy bed. Auratam optantes Colchis auertere pellem quis dum aliquid cupiens animus praegestit apisci, nor before the sense will withdraw from the tired body, qualis adest Thetidi, qualis concordia Peleo. hesterno collum poterit circumdare filo, Tene Thetis tenuit pulcherrima Nereine? Non glebam prono conuellit uomere taurus, aequora concussitque micantia sidera mundus. so that a cruel heart might want to pity for us? qui postquam niueis flexerunt sedibus artusÂ, So when they had reclined their limbs on the white couches,Â, large multiplici constructae sunt dape mensae,Â, bountifully were the tables piled with varied dainties:Â, cum interea infirmo quatientes corpora motuÂ, whilst in the meantime, swaying their bodies with palsied motion,Â, ueridicos Parcae coeperunt edere cantus.Â, the Parcae began to utter soothtelling chants.Â, his corpus tremulum complectens undique uestisÂ, White raiment enfolding their aged limbsÂ, robed their ankles with a crimson border;Â, at roseae niueo residebant uertice uittae,Â, aeternumque manus carpebant rite laborem.Â, while their hands duly plied the eternal task.Â, laeua colum molli lana retinebat amictum,Â, The left band held the distaff clothed with soft wool;Â, dextera tum leuiter deducens fila supinisÂ, then the right hand lightly drawing out the threads with upturnedÂ, formabat digitis, tum prono in pollice torquensÂ, fingers shaped them, then with downward thumbÂ, twirled the spindle poised with rounded whorl;Â, atque ita decerpens aequabat semper opus dens,Â, and so with their teeth they still plucked the threads and made the work even.Â, laneaque aridulis haerebant morsa labellis,Â, Bitten ends of wool clung to their dry lips,Â, quae prius in leui fuerant exstantia filo:Â, which had before stood out from the smooth yarn:Â, and at their feet soft fleeces of white-shining woolÂ, haec tum clarisona pellentes uellera uoceÂ, They then, as they struck the wool, sang with clear voice,Â, and thus poured forth the Fates in divine chant.Â, carmine, perfidiae quod post nulla arguet aetas.Â. 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