Monday, 29 August 2016

The Roman Connection

Poul Anderson, A Midsummer Tempest, Chapter xii, "LATER."

"'And this is Clodia Pulcher, come from Rome.'
"Will leered at her. Rupert was dumbfounded. 'That Clodia - Catullus' Lesbia?' he faltered. (His host nodded.) 'But she is dead this sixteen hundred years!'" (p. 97)

"primum Catullus Clodiae ipsi amorem declarare non audet..."
-Maurice Balme and James Morwood, Oxford Latin Course, Part III, revised impression (Oxford, 1994), Chapter X, "Catullus In Love," p. 104.

"da mi basia mille, deinde centum..." (ibid.)

"She crooned, to be heard only by him: 'Da mi basia mille.'" (A Midsummer Tempest, Chapter xi, p. 94)

7 da mi basia mille, deinde centum, Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,      copied from here

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And I remembered how annoyed Clodia Pulcher was when Prince Rupert, engrossed with his conversation with Valeria Matuchek, scarcely paid her any attention! (Smiles)