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Coluthus, The Rape of Helen 155-158

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Aphrodite’s shameless attempt at influencing the judge in the Judgement of Paris.

ἡ δ’ ἑανὸν βαθύκολπον, ἐς ἠέρα γυμνώσασα
κόλπον, ἀνῃώρησε καὶ οὐκ ἠδέσσατο Κύπρις.
χειρὶ δ’ ἐλαφρίζουσα μελίφρονα δεσμὸν ἐρώτων
στῆθος ἅπαν γύμνωσε καὶ οὐκ ἐμνήσατο μαζῶν.

But Cypris lifted up her deep-bosomed dress, baring her bosom to the air, and was not ashamed. And, raising with her hand the loves’ girdle which is like honey to the mind, she bared her whole chest and took no thought of her breasts.

Written by aleatorclassicus

August 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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