1237-1245

AM.        Quis nōmen usquam sceleris errōrī addidit?

 

HER.      Saepe error ingēns sceleris obtinuit locum.

 

AM.        Nunc Hercule opus est: perfer hanc mōlem malī.

 

HER.      Nōn sīc furōre cessit extīnctus pudor,1240

populōs ut omnēs impiō aspectū fugem.

arma, arma, Thēseu, flāgitō properē mihi

subtracta reddī. sāna sī mēns est mihi,

referte manibus tēla; sī remanet furor,

pater, recēde: mortis inveniam viam.1245

Amphitryon tries to persuade Hercules not to kill himself. He argues that what Hercules did was a mistake, not a crime. Hercules again demands his weapons.

1239 Hercule opus est: for opus est + ablative = “there is need of,” see AG 411.

1240 furōre: ablative of means (AG 408), depending on extinctus, “My sense of shame is not so far lost or erased by madness” (Fitch 2018).

1240–41 ut… fugem: substantive clause of result (AG 568), “that I would scare off,” i.e. offend.

1242–43 Prose order: flagito, Theseu, arma subtracta mihi propere reddi. The action that Hercules demands is expressed by an acc. + inf., arma … reddī (see LS flagito I.ε). mihi does double duty as dative of separation (AG 381) after subtracta and indirect object after reddī.

usquam: anywhere

obtineō obtinēre obtinuī obtentus: to possess

Herculēs –is m.: Hercules

perferō perferre pertulī perlātus: to endure

mōlēs mōlis f.: large/shapeless mass; rock

impius –a –um: disloyal, wicked

aspectus aspectūs m.: sight

Thēseus –ī m.: Theseus

flāgitō flāgitāre flāgitāvī flāgitātum: to demand

properus –a –um: quick

subtrahō –ere –trāxī –trāctus: to draw from beneath; withdraw

remaneō remanēre remānsī remānsus: to stay behind; remain

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