March 6, 2011

24. Mausolus




Artemísia
Mausólum virum amásse
fertur
supra omnes amórum fábulas,
ultráque affectiónis humánae fidem.
Is Mausólus,
ubi fato perfúnctus est,
et inter laménta uxóris
fúnere magnífico sepúltus est,
Artemísia,
luctu atque desidério maríti flagrans,
ossa cinerémqe eius,
mixta odóribus
contúsaque in púlveris fáciem,
aquae índidit ebibítque.
Multa ália violénti amóris indícia
fecísse dícitur.
Molíta quoque est,
conservándae maríti memóriae
causa,
sepúlcrum illud memorábile
dignatúmque numerári
inter septem
ómnium terrárum spectácula.
Id monuméntum
Artemísia,
cum mánibus Mausóli dicáret,
certámen
laúdibus eius dicéndis
facit,
ponítque praémia
pecúniae aliarúmque rerum bonárum
amplíssima.


TEXT SOURCE: Excerpta Facilia, a Second Latin Translation Book , by H.R Heatley and H.N. Kingdon (1883). Vocabulary List in back of book.

2 comments:

  1. He was king of Caria which is located on Mediterranean coast of modern day Turkey around the modern city of Bodrum which is opposite Rhodes.
    Proverb
    "In Care periculum facere" meaning tp risk danger in pursuit of trivial gain (in this case figs)

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  2. Those Carian figs were very famous indeed! I'm not sure that the figs are what is implied in that proverb, though - the way Erasmus explains the proverb (1.6.14), it is based on the low regard in which Carians were held by the Greeks. You can see the proverb used in context in Plato's Euthydemus and elsewhere in the passages collected by Erasmus.

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