qualis caeruleis tumido sub gurgite terror
piscibus arcani quotiens deuexa profundi
scrutantem delphina uident: fugit omnis in imos
turba lacus uiridesque metu stipantur in algas
nec prius emersi quam summa per aequora flexus
emicet et uisis malit certare carinis:
talis agit sparsos mediisque in fluctibus heros
frena manu pariter pariter regit arma pedumque
remigio sustentat equum consuetaque campo
fluctuat et mersas leuis ungula quaerit harenas
Statius, Thebaid, 9.242 - 251
Such terror only fishes know, beneath the rolling tides, when there within the hidden deeps they see a dolphin on the hunt. Into the abyss the shoal flees as one, and huddled together in horror amid the green seaweed will not emerge before their foe leaps up in an arc above the surface of the waves, and there decides to chase instead a ship new-sighted. Thus Hippomedon drove the scattered heroes through the deep currents of the river, guiding the reins with one hand and with the other hand his sword, while with his heels for oars he steered his steed: which, though accustomed to the battlefield, tackled the waves and bravely sought out with its hooves the submerged sand.
possibly one of the most astonishing similes in a work which tbh is pretty damn full of astonishing similes?? im going to marry statius???