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If you are translating the Aeneid for homework, I ask that you DO NOT COPY this translation-- that will teach you nothing. Try to do as much of it on your own as you can, but use this one for reference if necessary.

Si transfers Aeneidum labori domus, rogo ut NON IMITERIS hanc translationem-- istud te nihil docebit. Conare facere tam multum eius quam potes facere, sed utere hac referentiae si necesse est tibi.

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  1. To the one uttering such words, a roaring gale from the North Wind in front strikes a sail
  2. and it raises waves to the stars.
  3. Oars are broken; then, a prow turns away and gives
  4. a side to the waves; a steep mountain of water follows in a heap.
  5. Some men hang on the top of a wave; for others, a splitting
  6. wave opens the ground* among waves; the tide rages on the beaches. (*The ocean floor.)
  7. The South Wind turns three ships* snatched away into lurking rocks (*Tris is substantive with "navis" understood.)
  8. (the Italians call the rocks, which are in the middle of the waves, the Altars,
  9. a huge ridge at the top of the sea), the East Wind forces three ships
  10. and sandbars from the deep sea into the shallow seas, wretched to see,
  11. and he dashes into the depths and encircles them with a wall of sand*. (*harenae = genitive of material.)
  12. Before the eyes of Aeneas himself*, the huge sea (*"ipse" is often used to refer to the leader of a group, just as Aeneas here is leader of the Trojans.)
  13. strikes from its top one ship, which was carrying the Lycians and
  14. faithful Orontes, into her stern: its master* is cast out headlong (*master of the ship, i.e. Orontes)
  15. and is turned onto his head; but three times, at the same place,
  16. a wave turns that ship, driving her* around**, and a quick whirlpool devours that ship*** in the sea. (*object supplied because it would make no sense without it; **"circum" is used as an adverb here; ***The object "illam" is re-supplied here. You could also simply supply "her" like I did with "agens".)
  17. Scattered swimming men appear in the vast whirlpool,
  18. the arms of men and planks and Trojan treasure appear* through the waves. (*verb "apparent" re-supplied)
  19. The storm, by which Abas has been carried off, and by which aged Aletes has been carried off,
  20. has now conquered Ilioneus' strong ship, now that* of brave Achates (*supplied);
  21. all ships receive unfriendly rain from the loosened
  22. fastenings of the sides and they open with cracks.
  23. Meanwhile, Neptune felt that the sea and the storm sent out
  24. were being mixed with a great murmur and that
  25. still water had been poured* back to the bottom of the depths, gravely disturbed; and (*"esse" supplied with "refusa"; this is indirect speech.)
  26. looking out on the deep sea, he lifted his peaceful head from the highest wave.
  27. He sees Aeneas' fleet scattered on the whole sea
  28. and the Trojans crushed by the waves and the ruin of the sky.
  29. And the tricks and anger of Juno did not escape the notice of her brother.
  30. He calls the East Wind and the West Wind to himself; thereupon he says such things:
  31. "Did such great confidence of your origin* hold you? (*objective genitive.)
  32. Do you now dare to confuse the sky and the earth without my divine power
  33. and raise such great burdens, winds?
  34. Whom I---!* but it is better to calm the moved waves. (*aposiopesis.)
  35. Afterwards, you will atone for your faults to me with a punishment not similar*. (*litotes; this means they're really going to get it once he has quelled the storm.)
  36. Hasten your flight and say these words to your king:
  37. that the power of the sea and the fierce trident have
  38. not been given* to him by fate but to me. Eurus, that god holds (*supply "esse" with "datum". This is more indirect speech.)
  39. the huge rocks, your homes; let Aeolus toss himself
  40. in that palace and rule in the closed prison of the winds."
  41. He speaks in this way, and more quickly than his word, he calms the swollen seas
  42. and puts gathered clouds to flight and leads back the sun.
  43. At the same time, Cymothoe and Triton, having striven,
  44. push off ships from a sharp crag; Neptune himself, with his
  45. trident, raises and opens the vast sandbars and calms the sea,
  46. and he glides over the highest waves with his light wheels.
  47. And just as often when a riot has arisen in a large people
  48. and the common crowd rages in their minds;
  49. and now, torches and rocks fly, madness supplies arms;
  50. then, if by chance they saw some* man serious in his loyalty and merits, (*quem = aliquem)
  51. they are silent and stand with their ears raised;
  52. that man controls their minds with words and calms their hearts:
  53. in this way, the whole uproar of the sea fell, after the
  54. father, looking out on the seas in the open sky and carried
  55. by his obedient chariot, guides his horses and gives* the reins, flying. (*i.e. loosens his grip)
  56. The tired descendants of Aeneas hasten to head for
  57. the shores which are* nearest on a course, and they are turned to the shores of Libya. (*ellipsis; "are" is supplied.)
  58. The place is in a long inlet: the island makes it a harbor* (*predicate accusative.)
  59. with protection of its sides*, by which** a whole wave (*objective genitive; **ablative of means referring to "laterum")
  60. from the deep sea* is broken and splits itself into bays having been led back. (*ablative of source.)
  61. From here and from there, vast rocks and twin crags, beneath
  62. the top of which the safe seas are widely silent, tower into the sky; (Virgil really spams the ellipsis for the next few lines.)
  63. then, there is a stage with waving forests
  64. from above, and it threatens a black grove with a trembling shadow;
  65. There is a cave beneath the opposite front with hanging rocks,
  66. there are sweet waters within and benches from natural rock*, (*ablative of material.)
  67. it is the home of the nymphs. Here, not any chains hold
  68. the tired ships, *an anchor does not bind them with a hooked fluke. (*asyndeton.)
  69. To this place, Aeneas, after seven ships have been gathered from
  70. all the number, approaches; and having gone out with a great love
  71. of the land*, the Trojans gain desired sand** and (*objective genitive; **The verb "potior" takes an ablative object.)
  72. put their limbs, soaking with salt water*, on the shore. (*ablative of means or cause.)
  73. And first, Achates struck out a spark from a flint* (*dative of separation.)
  74. and received fire with leaves and placed dry fuels around* (*circum used as an adverb.)
  75. and whirled a flame in the fuel.
  76. Then, tired of their affairs, they bring out Ceres*, spoiled (*metonymy for grain.)
  77. by the waves, and tools of Ceres, and they prepare both to
  78. roast the recovered grains with flames and to break them with rock.
  79. Aeneas, meanwhile, climbs a rock, and he seeks far and wide
  80. a whole view to the sea*, whether he sees** some Antheus (*dative of direction; **indirect question because of "petit", a verb of seeking or inquiry.)
  81. tossed by the winds and Phrygian biremes
  82. or Capys or the arms of Caicus on high sterns.
  83. He sees no ship in sight, [and] three wandering deer
  84. on the shore; whole herds follow these deer
  85. from the back, and a long line is grazing through the valleys.
  86. Here, he stood firm and snatched up his bow and
  87. quick arrows with his hand, which weapons faithful Achates used to wear,
  88. and he first lays low the leaders themselves carrying their
  89. high heads with branching horns; then, he lays low* the (*"sternit" re-supplied.)
  90. crowd and confuses all the mob, driving them among leavy groves with the weapons.
  91. And he, the winner, does not stop sooner than he may pour
  92. seven huge bodies on the ground* and make the number equal with the ships. (*"humī" is locative.)
  93. From here, he heads for the harbor and distributes them among all his comrades.
  94. Then he distributes wines, which good Acestes had loaded* (*onerarat = oneraverat)
  95. in jars on the Trinacrian shore and the hero had given
  96. to those going away, and he soothes their mourning hearts with words:
  97. "O comrades (and indeed, we are not ignorant of misfortunes before*), (*ante is used as an adverb.)
  98. O you having suffered heavier misfortunes, a god will give an end to these things, too.
  99. You have approached* both Scylla's madness and (*accestis = accessistis)
  100. cliffs roaring within, and you have experienced* the Cyclopean (*ellipsis; "estis" supplied.)
  101. rocks: call back your spirits and dismiss your sad
  102. fear; perhaps at some time it will please to remember even these things.
  103. Through different misfortunes, through so many crises of affairs,
  104. we hasten into Latium, where the fates show peaceful abodes;
  105. there, it is divine right* that the kingdoms of Troy are rising again there. (*fas is NOT AN ADJECTIVE!! do NOT translate this "it is right"!!!)
  106. Endure, and save yourselves* for favorable things. (because "vosmet" refers back to the implied subject of the imperative "servate", it translates as "yourselves" instead of merely "you".)
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