Continuo autem Assyriam venerunt in terram, quo Sinopam
Asopi filiam collocarat, & ei dederat
virginitatem ipse Iupiter pollicitis deceptus.
Ille enim amorem petebat, annuebatque ei
Illud se daturum, in quod ferretur vehementiore desiderio.
Haec autem virginitatem rogavit astutia sua.
Similiter etiam Apollini fraudem fecit, concumbere
volenti; fluvioque post hos Halyi; nec virorum aliquis
hanc inter ulnas amatorias fecerat mulierem.
αὐτίκα δ᾽ Ἀσσυρίης ἐπέβαν χθονός, ἔνθα Σινώπην,
θυγατέρ᾽ Ἀσωποῖο, καθίσσατο, καί οἱ ὄπασσεν
παρθενίην Ζεὺς αὐτός, ὑποσχεσίῃσι δολωθείς.
δὴ γὰρ ὁ μὲν φιλότητος ἐέλδετο: νεῦσε δ᾽ ὅγ᾽ αὐτῇ
δωσέμεναι, ὅ κεν ᾗσι μετὰ φρεσὶν ἰθύσειεν.
ἡ δέ ἑ παρθενίην ᾐτήσατο κερδοσύνῃσιν.
ὧς δὲ καὶ Ἀπόλλωνα παρήπαφεν εὐνηθῆναι
ἱέμενον, ποταμόν τ᾽ ἐπὶ τοῖς Ἅλυν: οὐδὲ μὲν ἀνδρῶν
τήνγε τις ἱμερτῇσιν ἐν ἀγκοίνῃσι δάμασσεν.
--Apollonius Rhodius Argonauticorum 2. 948, Translated into Latin by Joannes Shaw (1777)
Then they landed in Assyria, where Jupiter came upon
Sinope, the daughter of Asopus, and being outfoxed,
granted the nymph her own virginity.
For he sought her in bed, and in his zeal, vowed that he would give her
Whatever she wished.
And she—clever girl!—asked for her own virginity preserved.
She did the same to Apollo, who also wished to sleep with her,
And did the same to the river god Halys, too,
Nor did any man take her into his loving arms.
APOLLONIUS OF RHODES
Name: Apollonius of Rhodes
Date: 3rd century BCE
Little is known of this Hellenistic poet, but what is clear is that his surviving epic, the Argonautica, was wildly influential to later epic poets. According to the Suda, he was the Director of the Library of Alexandria and was a contemporary of the poet Callimachus (α.4319).
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