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Aeneid, II

Excerpt from Aeneid, II: A Translation 21. In full view of Troy lies Tenedos, an island well known to fame, rich in all manner of wealth while the kingdom of Priam stood, now a bay merely and a treacherous roadstead for ships. To this island they put out and hide on its desert shores. We thought that they had departed and made for Mycenas, availing themselves of the wind. Then all Teucria casts off the grief that had endured so long. The gates are flung wide open: pleasant is it to go forth and see the Doric camp and the places they have left and the deserted shore. Here was encamped the band of the Dolopes; here the fierce Achilles pitched his tent; here was the fleet drawn up; here they were wont to engage us. Some gaze in amazement at the baneful offering to the virgin Goddess Minerva, and wonder at the vast size of the horse; and Thym tes first strongly urges that it be brought within the walls and lodged in the citadel, mayhap through treachery, haply because the fates of Troy were now at last tending this way. But Capys, and those whose judgment was clearer, exhort us either to cast headlong into the sea this snare of the Danai, this mistrusted offering, to set fire to it and consume it, or to pierce and explore the lurking-places in the hollow of the womb. The wavering crowd is divided between two opinions. 40. First then before them all, a great crowd accompanying him, Laocoon rushes down in wild excitement from the summit of the citadel, and from afar he cries: 'What terrible madness is this, my hapless countrymen? Do you believe that the foe has really sailed away? Or think ye that any gifts of the Danai are guileless? Is this your experience of Ulysses? Either in this wooden frame Achaeaus are shut up and concealed, or this engine has been fashioned to assail our walls, to look down upon our homes, and to overtop our city, or some other wile is hidden in it; trust not the horse, ye Trojans! Whatever this is, I fear the Danai even when they bring gifts.' About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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