Perseus and Andromeda (pt. 1)

Perseus fīlius erat Iovis, maximī deōrum. Dē eō multās fabulās nārrant poētae. Eī favent deī, eī magica arma et ālās dant. Eīs tēlīs armātus et ālīs frētus ad multās terrās volābat et mōnstra saeva dēlēbat et miserīs īnfīrmīsque auxilium dabat. Aethiopia est terra Āfricae. Eam terram Cēpheus regēbat. Eī Neptūnus, maximus aquārum deus, erat īrātus et mittit mōnstrum saevum ad Aethiopiam. Ibi mōnstrum nōn sōlum lātīs pulchrīsque Aethiopiae agrīs nocēbat sed etiam domicilia agricolārum dēlēbat, et multōs virōs, fēminās, līberōsque necābat. Populus ex agrīs fugiēbat et oppida mūrīs validīs mūniēbat. Tum Cēpheus magnā trīstitiā commōtus ad Iovis ōrāculum properat et ita dīcit: “Amīcī meī necantur; agrī meī vāstantur. Audī verba mea, Iuppiter. Dā miserīs auxilium. Age mōnstrum saevum ex patriā.” (Beginner’s Guide to Latin)

Perseus was the son of Jove, the greatest of the gods. About him poets tell many stories. The gods favor him, giving him magical weapons and wings. Armed with these spears and trusting in his wings he flew to many lands and destroyed a savage monster and gave help to the poor and feeble. Ethiopa is a land of Africa. Cepheus used to rule this land. Neptune, the great god of the waters, was angry at him, and sent a savage monster to Ethiopia. There the monster not only damaged the wide and beautiful Ethiopian fields, but also destroyed the farmers’ houses, and killed many men, women, and children. The people fled from the fields and fortified the towns with strong walls. Then Cepheus, moved to great sadness, hurried to the oracle of Jupiter and said: “My friends are being killed; my fields are being wasted. Hear my words, Jupiter. Give help to the wretched. Drive this savage monster out of our land.”

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