Friday, March 11, 2011

Catullus, Poem 2b

Gaius Valerius Catullus
c. 84-54 BCE (over 2,000 years ago)  
Trans. by RMBullard  
Latin (Golden Age of Latin Literature/Republican Era)

Tam gratum est mihi quam ferunt puellae/pernici aureolum fuisse malum/quod zonam soluit dui ligatam.
(They say my luck is as great for me, as the golden apple had been to that vicious girl, which finally loosened her knotted belt.)
Image: Race between Atalanta and Hippomenes, Atalanta and Hippomenes, Guido Reni, c. 1622–25