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    cororydnn

    On the second shelf of the fourth wall of the hex called [*], there is a book with the title “ardebat alexin,” a phrase that occurs in the first line of Vergil’s second Eclogue, and which means “he was burning in love for Alexis.” There are many other Latin words on the first page of the book, a sort of poem out of chaos, which I’ve listed here and translated, in the order in which they’re underlined:

    Leda, whoa,
    You, the dew, and/or, or go.
    Nine in emptiness, you go.
    But go to the day, and I go.
    I speak from the head, lest I stir you up,
    Or toward, but toward, alas!
    Of the fruit it goes like as you wish:
    To be driven together, and in this place
    Because I have been into this place.

    leda = Leda
    io = I go
    tu = you
    ros = the dew
    et = and
    ve = -or
    ive = or go
    ix = 9
    vano = in emptiness
    is = you go
    sed = but
    i = go
    diem = (to) the day
    ac = and
    eo = I go
    for = I speak
    ex = from
    ceps = -head
    ne = lest
    cio = I stir (you) up
    aut = or
    ad = toward
    sed = but
    ad = toward
    heu = alas!
    pomi = of the fruit
    it = it goes
    ceu = like
    ut = as
    vis = you wish
    cogi = to be driven together
    et = and
    hic = in this place
    ob = because
    fui = I have been
    huc = into this place

    There was also a rare Greek word, eukoon, “beautiful pit.”

    Thanks for reading.

    –cororydnn

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    cororydnn

    If the image doesn’t work, try this link: http://boundlessmasque.tumblr.com/image/130998787857

    –cororydnn

    #2284 Reply

    cororydnn

    Edit: First line should actually read, “Leda, whoa,” not “I go.”

    #2307 Reply

    deximus

    Wow, that is really incredible. Not just that you found it, but that the words actually form a somewhat cohesive poem! The meaning is hard to discern, something about leaving and speaking the truth. I guess it doesn’t even really matter in the end, it’s a beautiful poem.

    #2310 Reply

    Jonathan Basile
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    This is so beautiful to me – thank you for sharing! I’m an aspiring classicist myself – I particularly love the beautiful pit – six-letter words are hard to come across at random – i’ve never seen an ancient greek one before.

    I changed the first line as you suggested.

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