Friday, March 23, 2012

Elidit geminos infans...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.177: it describes how the young Hercules slew the snakes sent into his crib by the jealous Hera; he killed those twin snakes, striking fear into the heart of the hydra - which he would slay later, of course!

Elidit geminos infans nec respicit anguis;
Iam poterat teneras hydra timere manus.

See how the child doth the two serpents tear,
And squeeze out life! Hydra e'en now may fear.
- Wright

Here is the vocabulary:

elido - strike, dash, strangle
geminus - twin
infans - infant, baby
nec - and not, nor
respicio - look back at, consider, care for
anguis - serpent, snake
iam - already
possum - can, be able
tener - young, tender
hydra - water snake, hydra
timeo - fear
manus - hand