Thursday, April 23, 2020

M/M: Dionysus & Ampelos: Unspoken Fears, Unspoken Vows: Nonnus, Dion. X.278-287

In a Dream, Dionysus Imagines a Rival Trying to Seduce Ampelos:

"Humanae mentis dispensatrix amabilis Suada

solus mihi hic puer amabilis clemens sit.

Et ipsum haberet tanquam Bacchus contubernalem:  non cupio

Aethera inhabitare exsul. Non Deus esse

Volui, non Sol lucem praebens hominibus. Non potum traho

Nectaris, ambrosiaque, haud careo, non curo

Ampelus si amat me, et me odio habeat Saturnius!"

--Nonnus, Dionysiaca X.278-287; translated from the Greek by Christian Wulfius

"Persuasion, blessed goddess who manages human minds,
May this young man be attracted to me alone!
If he may love me the way he loves Bacchus,
I would give up Mt. Olympus,
I would give up my godhood,
I would be no Sun, bearing light to mortals.
I wouldn’t need to drink nectar or ambrosia,
I woudn’t miss it, I wouldn’t need it, I wouldn’t care!
If only Ampelos would love me, Jupiter himself can hate me, for all I care!"

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