Poem of the Week – Carthage



There was an ancient city, Carthage, held
By Tyrian settlers, facing from afar
Italia, and the distant Tiber’s mouth;
Rich in resources, fierce in war’s pursuits:
And this one city, Juno, it was said, 
Far more than every other land esteemed,
Samos itself being less. Here were her arms,
Her chariot here; e’en then the goddess strives
With earnest hope to found a kingdom here
Of universal sway, should fate permit.
But of a race derived from Trojan blood
She had heard, who would o’erturn the Tyrian towers
One day, and that a people of wide rule,
And proud in war, descended thence, would come
For Libya’s doom. So did the Fates decree.

-Virgil (70BC-19BC)

(Extract from The Aeneid, Book I)
Translated by C. P. Cranch


Source: http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/poem/4499/carthage.html

Image Credit: http://www.tangdynastytimes.com/2012/02/dreaming-of-carthage.html

More about the poet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil


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