Tuesday, July 20, 2010


With Impunity

Claudian, On Stilicho's Consulship 1.228-231 (tr. Maurice Platnauer):
Safe it is to hunt amid the vast silence of the distant Hercynian forest, and in the woods that old-established superstition has rendered awful, our axes fell the trees the barbarian once worshipped, and nought is said.

ut procul Hercyniae per vasta silentia silvae
venari tuto liceat, lucosque vetusta
religione truces et robur numinis instar
barbarici nostrae feriant impune bipennes.
Max Liebermann, Holzhacker im Inneren eines Waldes


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