rt thou here standing by this carcase-worm,
for others shall behold thy body changed
into a serpent?” Terrified, amazed,
he lost his colour and his self-control;
his hair stood upright from the dreadful fright.
But lo, the hero's watchful Deity,
Minerva, from the upper realms of air
appeared before him. She commanded him
to sow the dragon's teeth in mellowed soil,
from which might spring another race of men.
And he obeyed: and as he plowed the land,
took care to scatter in the furrowed soil
thech on the other, dealing mutual wounds.
So, having lived the space allotted them,
the youthful warriors perished as they smote
the earth (their blood-stained mother) with their breasts:
and only five of all the troop remained;
of whom Echion, by Minerva warned,
called on his brothers to give up the fight,
and cast his arms away in pledge of faith.—
when Cadmus, exiled from Sidonia's gates,
builded the city by Apollo named,
these five were trusted comrades in his toil.
Now Thebes is founded,
C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Caligula (ed. Alexander Thomson), chapter 25 (search)
er, interdicting her from having ever afterwards any commerce with man.
He loved with a most passionate and constant affection Caesonia, who was neither handsome nor young, and was besides the mother of three daughters by another man; but a wanton of unbounded lasciviousness.
Her he would frequently exhibit to the soldiers, dressed in a military cloak, with shield and helmet, and riding by his side.
To his friends he even showed her naked.
After she had a child, he honoured her with the title of wife; in one and the same day, declaring himself her husband, and father of the
child of which she was delivered.
He named it Julia Drusilla, and carrying it round the temples of all the goddesses, laid it on the lap of Minerva; to whom he recommended the care of bringing up and instructing her.
He considered her as his own child for no better reason than her savage temper, which was such even in infancy, that she would attack with her nails the face and eyes of the children at play with her.