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!"

 Ἀνδρομέης κραδίης ταμίη, φιλοτήσιε Πειθώ,
μοῦνος ἐμοὶ νέος οὗτος ἐπήρατος ἵλαος εἴη:
καί μιν ἔχων, ἅτε Βάκχος, ὁμέψιον οὐ μενεαίνω
αἰθέρα ναιετάειν μετανάστιος, οὐ θεὸς εἶναι
ἤθελον, οὐ Φαέθων φαεσίμβροτος, οὐ πόθον ἕλκω
285νέκταρος, ἀμβροσίης δ᾽ οὐ δεύομαι: οὐκ ἀλεγίζω,

ἄμπελος εἰ φιλέει με καὶ ἐχθαίρει με Κρονίων.’

--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!"

Name:  Nonnus of Panopolis
Date:  4th – 5th c. CE
Works:  Dionysiaca

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

 Nonnus was an Egyptian born Roman citizen who composed the Dionysiaca, a massive 48 volume epic about the life of the god Dionysus.
ARCHAIC: (through 6th c. BCE); GOLDEN AGE: (5th - 4th c. BCE); ALEXANDRIAN: (4th c. BCE - 1st c. BCE); ROMAN: (1st c. BCE - 4th c. CE); POST CONSTANTINOPLE: (4th c. CE - 8th c. CE); BYZANTINE: (post 8th c CE)