Friday, November 29, 2019

M/M: Achilles and Patroclus Before the War at Troy, Statius, Achilleid I.172-177

...ut fido genetrix in limine visa est,
abicit exceptamque avidis circumligat ulnis,
iam gravis amplexu iamque aequus vertice matri.
Insequitur magno iam tunc conexus amore
Patroclus tantisque extenditur aemulus actis,
par studiis aevique modis, sed robore longe,
et tamen aequali visurus Pergama fato.

--Statius, Achilleid I.172-177

As soon as his mother [Thetis] appeared in the doorway, Achilles tossed aside what he was doing and threw his arms around her excitedly, revealing to her with his embrace that he already matched her in height.
Soon thereafter Patroclus followed suit. Already they were joined in deep love for each other. Paris strove to rival his love in whatever he did, and he nearly could: they were equal in training, equal in habits, but Patroclus remained  nowhere near as strong as Achilles. Despite this, he would join Achilles on his quest to Troy, and together both would meet their doom.

Name:  Publius Papinius Statius
Date:  45 – 96 CE
Works:  Achilleid*

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

One of the most influential epic poets of the Silver Age, Statius spent most of his life in Naples, Italy. His most famous work, the Thebaid, is an epic poem that describes the civil war between the descendants of Oedipus; he also wrote the Achilleid, a short epic on the boyhood of Achilles.
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