The Loss of Hylas

On the following day, Jason, having judged the weather to be suitable enough (for a great tranquility had now followed), he raised the anchors, and after advancing a few hours he reached Mysia before nightfall. There, for a few hours, he waited at anchors, for he knew from the sailors that the supply of water which they had with them was already lacking, for which reason certain men from the Argonauts, having gone out into the land, were searching for water. Of this number was a certain Hylas, a boy of outstanding beauty. While he was looking for a spring, he had moved a little away from his friends. The nymphs who dwelled at the fountain, after they had seen the youth, tried to persuade him to remain with them; and when he refused to do this, they took the boy away by force.

After his friends realized Hylas was missing, they searched for him all day to no avail, afflicted with great grief. When Hercules and Polyphemus, who had followed the footprints of the boy for longer, finally returned to shore, they realized that Jason had set sail.

Vocabulary

  1. postridie — on the following day (less formal)
  2. postridie eius diei — on the day following that day (more formal)
  3. in ancoris exspectavit — he waited at anchor
  4. quam ob causam — for which reason
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