3. Vergil, Aeneid 4.437-449

 

talibus orabat, talisque miserrima fletus

fertque refertque soror. sed nullis ille mouetur

fletibus aut uoces ullas tractabilis audit;

fata obstant placidasque uiri deus obstruit auris.     440

ac uelut annoso ualidam cum robore quercum

Alpini Boreae nunc hinc nunc flatibus illinc

eruere inter se certant; it stridor, et altae

consternunt terram concusso stipite frondes;

ipsa haeret scopulis et quantum uertice ad auras    445

aetherias, tantum radice in Tartara tendit:

haud secus adsiduis hinc atque hinc uocibus heros

tunditur, et magno persentit pectore curas;

mens immota manet, lacrimae uoluuntur inanes.

 

  1. Give the general meaning of this passage in FIVE coherent sentences.
  2. Scan lines 448-449 and read them aloud.
  3. Briefly describe the context of this passage.
  4. Explain the relevance of the simile in lines 441-446.
  5. How do you explain the reaction of Aeneas at the end of this passage? Is this typical of his character in Aeneid 4 or has he changed?

 

 

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