Thursday, April 09, 2020


Prayers to Athena

Homer, Iliad 6.305-307 (tr. Peter Green):
Athēnē, our city's protector, queen among goddesses,
now break Diomēdēs' spear, now grant that he himself
fall prone in front of the Skaian Gates.

πότνι᾽ Ἀθηναίη ἐρυσίπτολι δῖα θεάων
ἆξον δὴ ἔγχος Διομήδεος, ἠδὲ καὶ αὐτὸν
πρηνέα δὸς πεσέειν Σκαιῶν προπάροιθε πυλάων.
Vergil, Aeneid 11.483-485 (tr. Nicholas Horsfall):
Tritonian maiden, mistress of war and lady of weapons, with your hand break the Phrygian bandit's spear and lay him low on the ground, sprawled before the lofty gates.

armipotens, praeses belli, Tritonia virgo,
frange manu telum Phrygii praedonis, et ipsum
pronum sterne solo portisque effunde sub altis.
Both prayers are denied.

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