Thursday, March 31, 2011

Statius, Thebaid

Publius Papinius Statius [Statius]
45-96 AD
Trans RMBullard
Latin (Imperial Era)


Fraternas acies alternaque regna profanis
decertata odiis sontesque euoluere Thebas
Pierius menti calor incidit.
[Heat of Pieres' mind has fallen up me to unravel the wars between brothers, the each side's kingdoms contested between their ugly bouts of hatred, and Thebes, an innocent bystander.]

unde iubetis
ire, deae?
[Where do you order me to go, goddesses?]

 gentisne canam primordia dirae,
[Shall I sing the beginnings of a sad people,]

Sidonios raptus et inexorabile pactum                5
legis Agenoreae scrutantemque aequora Cadmum?
[the rape of Sidones, and the unwanted agreement enacted by Agenor's law, and Cadmus, who looked to the seas afterward?]