The Pursuit

When these things had been done, everyone without delay made their way back to the ship, and the anchors having been weighed, they set sail at first watch; for they did not thing it to be safe enough to remain in that place. But king Aeetes, who before now had been hostile to them, when he learned that his daughter not only brought herself to the Argonauts but also offered them help for the purpose of taking away the fleece, was even more inflamed by anger. He ordered a war ship to be launched as quickly as possible, and when the soldiers had embarked he pursued those in flight. The Argonauts, who rightly knew their affairs to be in crisis, with all their strength took quickly to the oars; yet since the ship by which they were carried was of enormous size, they could not advance with the same speed as the Colchians. And so it came to pass that they were almost captured by the pursuing Colchians, for there was not a greater distance them between than a spear could be thrown. But when Medea had seen how things stood, having given up almost all hope she formed this monstrous plan.

Latin text


  1. His rebus gestis (abl. abs.) — when these things had been done
  2. navem longam — warship
  3. quo factum est … ut — and so it came to pass … that

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