Sunday, February 14, 2021

Just Say No: Sinope, Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica V.109-112


Assyrios complexa sinus stat opima Sinope,
nympha prius blandosque Iovis quae luserat ignes

caelicolis immota procis: deceptus amatae
fraude deae nec solus Halys nec solus Apollo.

---Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica V.109--112

Presiding over Assyrian bays was victorious Sinope,

A nymph who outfoxed Jupiter’s seductive charms.

She was unimpressed by her immortal suitors;

Apollo was not alone in being outwitted by the goddess he wooed,

Nor was the river god Halys, either.



Name:  Gaius Valerius Flaccus

Date:  1st c. CE

Works:  Argonautica



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



Gaius Valerius Flaccus was a Latin poet who flourished during the Flavian dynasty. Only portions of his epic poem, the Argonautica, have survived.


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

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