Statius: Silvae 5.4

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Read by Professor Kathleen Coleman

Professor of Classics, Harvard University

(July 14, 1997. Boylston Recording Studios.

Jeff Martini, audio engineer.)




Silvae 5.4

Some notes by Kathleen Coleman
Line 7 'Phoebe': The moon.

Lines 8-9 'Oetaeae Paphiaeque ... lampades': The Evening Star, Hesperus, believed to rise over Mt. Oeta in Thessaly, and The Morning Star, Venus, traditionally associated with the island of Paphos.

Line 9
'Tithonia': Aurora, named for her lover Tithonus.

Line 13 'Argus': A monster with a hundred eyes. When Jupiter committed adultery with Io, she was turned into a heifer and Juno set Argus to watch over her. Jupiter instructed Mercury to lull Argus to sleep by playing the flute, and then to cut off his head. Juno rescued his hundred eyes, and transferred them to the tail of her special bird, the peacock.avoided the 'Octauianus' that betrayed his origins; hence, significantly, Propertius here refers to him by his preferred name of 'Caesar'.