prognata

The Departure of the Argo

Catullus 64, ll. 1-11

The tale is told that once pine trees sprung from the peak of Mount Pelion
Swam through Neptune’s clear waters to the waves of the river Phasis
And the land Aeetes ruled, when a chosen group of youths,
Argive manhood’s flower, wishing to wrest away
The golden fleece from the Colchians, dared to speed across
The ocean’s salty shallows in a swiftly moving ship,
Plowing with oars of silver-fir the deep blue ocean waters.
For them, the goddess herself who holds within her power
The citadels of city-heights constructed a vessel speeding
With the light-blowing breeze; she joined a pine-wood lattice
To the inward-curving hull.  That ship it was that first
Dyed with voyaging Amphitrite, untouched before.

Peliaco quondam prognatae vertice pinus
dicuntur liquidas Neptuni nasse per undas
Phasidos ad fluctus et fines Aeetaeos,
cum lecti iuvenes, Argiuae robora pubis,
auratam optantes Colchis avertere pellem
ausi sunt vada salsa cita decurrere puppi,
caerula verrentes abiegnis aequora palmis.
diva quibus retinens in summis urbibus arces
ipsa levi fecit volitantem flamine currum,
pinea coniungens inflexae texta carinae.
illa rudem cursu prima imbuit Amphitriten.

The Golden Fleece, Herbert James Draper, 1904