Thursday, November 14, 2019

Just Say No: Minerva's War Cry: Joseph of Exeter's de Bello Troiano II.341 - 342

Virginitas me sola iuvat, nil passa pudendum,
non laesura toros, non deprensura maritos.
Macte, Paris, mea bella viri, mea pensa puellae,
et mea laurigeri meditantur carmina vates:
sic populis utrisque fruor, sic grata per omnes.

--Joseph of Exeter, de Bello Troiano II.341 - 342

The goddess Minerva [Athena] delivers this speech:

"My chastity alone pleases me, that I have not encountered sex,
and shall not threaten marriages or relationships.
Look here, Paris, my prowess impresses men,
my weaving impresses women,
my songs impress the laurel crown'd poets:
I enjoy the love of them both, I am loved by all."

Name:  Iosephus Iscanus
Date:  12th c. CE
Works:  De Bello Troiano*

Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans

 Joseph of Exeter was a British nobleman who joined his uncle on campaign on the Third Crusade (1189 – 1192 CE). Although not everything he wrote survives, he is most known for his book On The Trojan War, a six volume epic poem about the fall of Troy.
Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE