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In statuam Boni Eventus.

On the statue of Success [Good Fortune or Happy Outcome].

Ex Ephranore.[1]

For Euphranor.

Quae statua excelso longè spectata Solosso [=Colosso] ?[2]
Et quorsum artifices in sua dona manus?
Quare gramineis bellè illustratus aristis,
Et cur lethaeum dextra papaver habet?
Ecquid lenaeo foecundus crater honore
A levae extremis prominet articulis?
Hic bonus eventus Romanis notus in aris,
Cuius te poterit summa beare manus.

What statue is this seen from afar with its towering height? What the purpose of these hands, creators of their own gifts? Why is it beautifully adorned with ears of grain, And why does its right hand hold a sleep-bringing poppy? And does perchance a bowl, overflowing with glorious wine, extend from the furthest tips of its left hand? This is Success [Good Fortune], well-known from Roman altars, the very tip of whose finger can make you prosper.

Notes:

1.  Euphranor, the 4th-century BC Greek painter and sculptor from Corinth, made enormous statues called ‘colossi’. See Pliny, Natural History, 35.11.128.

2.  The statue is referred to by Pliny, Natural History, 34.19.77, but he makes no mention of its location.



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