February 20, 2011

15. Sulpicius Gallus


In bello Romanórum
cum Pérseo,
último Macedóniae rege,
áccidit ut
seréna nocte
súbito luna defíceret.
Haec res
ingéntem apud mílites terrórem
qui existimábant
hoc ómine
futúram cladem porténdi.
Tum vero Sulpícius Gallus,
qui erat in eo exércitu,
in concióne mílitum
causam huius rei
tam disérte expósuit,
ut póstero die
intrépido ánimo
pugnam commítterent.

(image: A crater on the moon is named after Sulpicius Gallus.)

TEXT SOURCE: First Easy Latin Reading Book - Anecdotes, by Edmund Fowle (1877). Vocabulary Lists in back of book.

1 comment:

  1. I got a comment from the reader of this blog who wants to share this post with an astronomy group whose members don't know Latin - here is his translation!
    During the war of the Romans against Perseus, the last Macedonian king, it so happened that on a clear night, all of a sudden the moon was eclipsed.
    This event stirred up great fear amongst the soldiers who thought that by this omen a future disaster was foretold.
    But, in fact, Sulpicius Gallus (who was in this army) explained the reason for the eclipse so eloquently to the assembled soldiers that, on the next day, they all engaged in battle with fearless courage.