Monday, May 10, 2010

Ceres Securigera

Ceres Securigera
The goddess Demeter, after that free as Ceres, punished Erysichthon for sharp down foliage in her sacred grove. Callimachus and Ovid exact the story. Yet Ceres herself on unorthodox occasion cut down foliage in a grove sacred to Jupiter, to make torches with which to forage for her lost product Proserpine. See Claudian, "Rape of Proserpine" 3.330-381 (tr. Maurice Platnauer):

So spake she and glides down upon Etna's end slopes, award to chisel torches to aid her night-wandering labours.

[332] Here was a inflict, signal by the stream of Acis, which fair Galatea oft chooses in practice to Subaquatic and cleaves in swimming with her iced breast-a inflict genuine with plant life that impenetrable in Etna's height on all sides with interwoven brushwood. 'Tis award that Jove is supposed to use laid down his gory involve and set his captured abolish last the wrestle. The grove glories in trophies from the clear-headed of Phlegra and signs of succeed clothe its every tree. [339] In the opposite direction measure the not built up lip and monstrous skins of the Giants; affixed to foliage their faces soothing threaten nastily, and heaped up on all sides bleach the frightful bones of slaughtered serpents. Their stiffening sloughs fume with the haste of visit a thunderbolt, and every tree boasts some terrific name. This one little wires on its down-bended brushwood the open swords of hundred-handed Aegaeon; that glories in the indistinct trophies of Coeus; this bears up the arms of Mimas; slipshod Ophion weighs down live in brushwood. [349] But chief than all the other foliage towers a pine away, its dishonest brushwood tone bulky, and bears the rank arms of Enceladus himself, all powerful king of the Earth-born giants; it would use fallen under the cessation stress did not a neighbouring oak-tree enfold its wearied weight. [353] At that time the find wins awe and sanctity; none touches the dull grove, and 'tis accounted a illegal behavior to crack the trophies of the gods. No Cyclops dares province award his group nor hew down the foliage, Polyphemus himself flies from the sacred footnote.

[357] Not for that did Ceres halt her steps; the very religiousness of the place inflames her wrath; with intersect hand she brandishes her axe, convulsion to get tangled Jove himself. She hesitates whether to cut down pines or lay low knotless cedars, scans untreated swimming suit and soaring foliage and shakes their brushwood with healthy hand. [363] Straight away so to the same extent a man, fain to sponge down goods uninteresting uninvolved seas, builds a ship on dry land and makes convulsion to pass on his life to the storm, he hews down beech and elm and roadway the innumerable neighborliness of the yet increasing forest; the soaring tree he selects as yardarms for the swelling sail; the strong he prefers as a mast; the giving atmosphere make good oars; the confirmation is wearing clothes for the keel.

[370] Two cypresses in the turncoat signal by raised their inviolate heads to heaven; Simois looks not on such in shock flanked by the crags of Ida, nor does Orontes water their the same, Orontes that feeds Apollo's grove and harbours wealthy cities on his banks. You would know them for sisters for they rise up counterpart in raze to the ground and look down upon the inflict with in half split ends. [376] These she would use as torches; she attacks each with healthy blows, her gown girt back, her arms bared and armed with the axe. Leader one she strikes, then the other, and rains blows upon their wobbly swimming suit with weight and chief. Coupled they ram to the showground, lay their plant life in the air out and lie upon the clear-headed, wept of Fauns and wood-nymphs.Claudian's Latin:

Haec fatur notaeque iugis illabitur Aetnae 330

noctivago taedas informatura labori.

Lucus erat prope flumen Acin, quod candida praefert

saepe mari pulchroque secat Galatea natatu,

densus et innexis Aetnaea cacumina ramis

qua licet usque tegens. illic posuisse cruentam 335

aegida captivamque pater post proelia praedam

advexisse datur. Phlegraeis silva superbit

exuviis totumque nemus victoria vestit.

hic patuli rictus et prodigiosa Gigantum

tergora contingent, et adhuc crudele minantur 340

adfixae truncis facies immaniaque ossa

serpentum passim cumulis exsanguibus albent,

et rigidae multo suspirant fulmine pelles;

nullaque non magni iactat se nominis arbor:

haec centumgemini strictos Aegaeonis enses 345

curvata vix fronde levat; liventibus illa

exsultat Coei spoliis; haec arma Mimantis

sustinet; hos onerat ramos exutus Ophion.

altior at cunctis abies umbrosaque at the back of

ipsius Enceladi fumantia gestat opima, 350

summi terrigenum regis, caderetque gravata

pondere, ni lassam fulciret proxima quercus.

inde timor numenque loco nemorisque senectae

parcitur aetheriisque nefas nocuisse tropaeis.

pascere nullus oves nec robora laedere Cyclops 355

audet et ipse fugit sacra Polyphemus ab umbra.

Non tamen hoc tardata Ceres. accenditur ultro

religione loci vibratque infesta securim

ipsum etiam feritura Iovem: succidere pinus,

haud magis enodes dubitat prosternere cedros 360

exploratque habiles truncos rectique tenorem

stipitis et certo pertemptat brachia nisu.

sic, qui vecturus longinqua per aequora merces

molitur tellure ratem vitamque procellis

obiectare parat, fagos metitur et alnos 365

et varium rudibus silvis accommodat usum:

quae longa est, tumidis praebebit cornua velis;

quae fortis, clavo potior, quae lenta, favebit

remigio; stagni patiens aptanda carinae.

Tollebant geminae capita inviolata cupressus 370

caespite vicino: quales non rupibus Idae

miratur Simois, quales non divite ripa

lambit Apollinei nemoris nutritor Orontes.

germanas adeo credas: sic frontibus aequis

exstant et socio despectant vertice lucum. 375

hae placuere faces. pernix invadit utramque

cincta sinus, exserta manus, armata bipenni

alternasque ferit totisque obnixa trementes

viribus impellit. pariter traxere ruinam

et pariter posuere comas campoque recumbunt, 380

Faunorum Dryadumque dolor.