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HeroŽs divini.

Divine heroes.

Est Ducibus praesto DivŻm praesentia, cuius
Consilio, & nutu prosperiora gerunt.
Non ruit imprudens adversos semper in hostes,
Sed cavet, occultis & manifesta notat.
Aeneas quoties umbris subducitur, inque
Proelia servatur, dum sua fata sinunt?
Ardua res caute geritur, tibi, Turne, fugacem
Id facit Aeneam, at Iuppiter hostis erat.[1]

Leaders have the presence of the gods at their service, and by their counsel and command [lit. the nod as a symbol of absolute power] they are more successful. He does not storm in ignorance head on to the enemy, but he is on his guard, and takes heed of what is clearly visible in things that are concealed. How often was Aeneas secretly withdrawn by clouds, and preserved for the war, when his fate allowed? A tough job is carried out with care; for you, Turnus, this makes Aeneas evasive [fugax means both ‘fleeing’ and ‘elusive’], but your enemy was Jupiter.


1.Turnus was king of the Rutulians, and ally of Mezentius, King of the Etruscans, in the struggle against Aeneas.

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