CONTENT WARNING: attempted sexual assault
The common denominator in assault myths is not the victim's gender, but their beauty.
εὕδεις φυλλοστρῶτι πέδῳ, Δάφνι, σῶμα κεκμακὸς
ἀμπαύων στάλικες δ᾽ ἀρτιπαγεῖς ἀν᾽ ὄρη.
ἀγρεύει δέ τυ Πάν, καὶ ὁ τὸν κροκόεντα Πρίηπος
κισσὸν ἐφ᾽ ἱμερτῷ κρατὶ καθαπτόμενος,
... ἀλλὰ τὺ φεῦγε,
φεῦγε, μεθεὶς ὕπνου κῶμα καταρχόμενον.
Dum vari in summis stant montibus, aequore campi
Frondibus instrato te sopor altus habet,
Daphni [pastor], Faunus te capta[bi]t & ipse Priapus,
Tempora sub crocea cui titubant hedera,
... effuge Daphni,
effuge, nec somno mergere, sed vigila.
--Theocritus, Greek Anthology IX.388.1-4, 6; Translated into Latin by Eoranus Hess, 1781
You are worn out
on a leafy bed
with your snares set
on the mountaintop.
But Pan is hunting you,
And Priapus, too, with his crown woven with ivy & crocuses...
Flee! Shake off your sleep and wake up!
Date: 3rd c. BCE
Little is known about the life of Theocritus except that he was a 3rd century BCE Greek poet from Sicily. He was a prolific writer, and many of his works are still extant. His pastoral poetry influenced the works of Virgil.
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