…Hic [Branchus] cum in
silvis Apollinem osculatus esset, ab eo est comprehensus, et accepta corona
virgaque vaticinari coepit, et subito nusqam comparuit. Templum ei factum
Branchiadon est nominatum. Et Apollini templa consecrantur, quae ab osculo
Branchi philesia nuncupantur.
--Vatican Mythographer II.107 & I.80
When Branchus was in the forest, he kissed Apollo. Apollo
was smitten by him, and offered him a crown and a staff. And so Branchus began
to prophecy, and suddenly disappeared. A temple was made for him named
Branchiadon. People also dedicated temples to Apollo, which are called “Loving”
temples after Branchus’ kiss.
Date: 10th c. CE (?)
known about the author or origin of the collection of myths known as the Vatican
Mythographers, but the work’s first editor Angelo Mai found the
collection on a manuscript dating back to the 10th century CE.
This volume is a collection of three different mythographers who have
assembled various Greco-Roman myths; although many of these myths are basic
summaries in Latin, some of them are either analyzed as allegories or
compared to Christian thought.
LATE LATIN (10th c. CE ?)