Ariadne on Naxos

Catullus Carmina 64.52-75

For Ariadne, looking out from the resounding shore of Dia (Naxos), watches Theseus going with [his] swift fleet, bearing unbridled passions in [her] heart, and not even yet does she believe that she is seeing what she sees; no wonder, since she, then first awakened from treacherous sleep, sees herself abandoned [and] miserable on the lonely sand. But the forgetful youth strikes the waters with oars in his flight (lit., fleeing), leaving [his] empty promises to the windy storm. Him (lit., whom) the daughter of Minos with sad eyes watches from the seaweed at a distance, like the stone image of a bacchante, alas! she watches and is tossed on great waves of troubles; [she was] not holding [her] finely woven bonnet on her blonde head, nor [was] her chest, previously covered with a light garment, concealed (lit., not concealed with respect to [her] chest, etc.), nor [were] her milk-white breasts bound with a smooth band (lit., [she was] not bound with respect to [her] milk-white breasts, etc.).

All this (lit., all of which things, i.e., the articles of clothing), fallen at random from [her] whole body, the waves of the sea were lapping at in front of her feet. But then, caring for neither bonnet nor floating clothes, she, ruined, was hanging on you, Theseus, with [her] whole heart, with [her] whole soul, with [her] whole mind. Alas! unhappy [woman], whom Erycina (Venus), sowing thorny troubles in [her] breast, drove mad with constant sorrows at that time when cruel Theseus, having left from the winding shores of Piraeus (the port of Athens), arrived at the Cretan palace of the unjust king (Minos),

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