|Posted on Sun Nov 23, 2008 22:45:26
|I think that the translation of lines 77-78
â€¦ of my mistress,
the one with whom I drank many thousands of unguents, while
she was a young girl formerly devoid of all perfumes.
quicum ego, dum uirgo quondam fuit omnibus expers
unguentis, una milia multa bibi.
The sequence of words in Latin is arbitrary (as in Russian poetry). I think that the â€œtraditionalâ€ sequence of words in the Latin text would be as follows:
quicum ego, omnibus expers unguentis, dum uirgo quondam fuit una milia multa bibi.
(â€œNow I am devoid of all unguents, but when I was a virgin, I drank thousands of them).
Otherwise the poem would have no poetical sense. The Bereniceâ€™s hair asks young ladies to pour some perfumes in her honor, because at present she is missing such perfumes and she is accustomed to them. If she were not accustomed to them, she would not miss them. And her mistress has cut her hair immediately after her marriage. It means that the hair could be accustomed to thousands of perfumes only during the period of virginity of her mistress.
|Posted at Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:44:51
|WellÂ thankÂ theÂ godsÂ forÂ aÂ usefulÂ translationÂ ofÂ 66.Â IÂ wasÂ relyingÂ onÂ aÂ PenguinÂ bookÂ ofÂ translationsÂ byÂ PeterÂ WighamÂ butÂ hisÂ translationÂ isÂ hopeless.Â TheÂ literalÂ translationÂ hereÂ isÂ helpful.Â Â HoweverÂ itÂ confirmsÂ myÂ suspicionÂ thatÂ 66Â stinks.Â ItÂ couldÂ beÂ aÂ goodÂ translationÂ ofÂ Callimachus.Â ButÂ it's a bad poem.