Saturday, June 5, 2021

Some Poems on Love from the Codex Salmasianus

 263. De Hippolyto et Phaedra

Vincere falsa pudor poterat; sed castus et insons

Erubuit Phaedrae vincere falsa pudor.

Pudor* can prevail over lies;

But even chaste and innocent blushing

Blushed at Phaedra’s lies.

[*Pudor is a complex term that is difficult to translate. It is anything from a person's sense of self worth and self respect, a person's physical chastity, or an emotional response to impiety (e.g., blushing)]

264. De tumulo Achillis

Iurgia conflat amor, ut blandius urat amantes,

Ad cumulum fidei iurgia conflat amor.

Love kindles strife

To burn lovers more enticingly

To [reach] the ultimate sign of devotion.

265. De Niso & Euryalo

Nomen amicitiae magna pietate colendum est

Maxima pars vitae est nomen amicitiae.

The name of friendship must be cherished with great responsibility;

The greatest part of life is the name of friendship.

266. Item, unde supra

Mens, ubi amaris, ama; rarum est agnoscere amicos;

rarum servare <est>. Mens, ubi amaris, ama.

Dear mind, when you are loved, love back!

It is rare to find friends,

It is rare to keep them.

Dear mind, when you are loved, love back.

--Codex Salmasianus #263 - 266



Name:  Codex Salmasianus

Date:  6th Century CE

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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



 The Codex Salmasianus is a manuscript of Latin poetry that preserves poetry from 6th century CE and earlier. It was named after Claude de Saumaise, a 17th century scholar who owned the manuscript.


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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