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Virgil, Aeneid 11.590-594

Read by Emma Kirkby

The goddess Diana tells a nymph to take her bow and shoot anyone who harms Camilla.

Translation by kind permission of David West. His full translation of The Aeneid is published by Penguin Classics: ISBN 0140 449329. Recording © by The LATIN QVARTER, 2018.

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‘haec cape et ultrīcem pharetrā dēprōme sagittam:
hāc, quīcumque sacrum violārit vulnere corpus,
Trōs Italusque, mihī pariter det sanguine poenās.
post ego nūbe cavā miserandae corpus et arma
īnspoliāta feram tumulō patriaeque repōnam.’

Take these weapons, and draw an avenging arrow from my quiver. Then, with that same shaft, whoever violates that sacred body with a wound, be he Trojan or Italian, must pay to me an equal penalty in blood. Then I shall put a cloud round her poor body and her armour and take them undespoiled to lie in a tomb in her own country.

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