Latin- “the Temple at Cumae”

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Lesson 17 Translation- “The Temple at Cumae”

In the town Cumae their lived a Sibyl by the name of Deiphobe In the temple where there was a great house of the god Apollo. Apollo, because he once loved the girl Deiphobe, he had given the Sibyl the gift of immortality in exchange for her love. However, the forgetful god because he burned with love and he did not remember the example of Aurora, he did not give a second gift to Deiphobe: the Sibyl did not always stay a young woman. Therefore at this time she was a tiny little old lady, for through many years life and spirit continued for the miserable old lady.

Apollo’s temple had been built by the well-known Daedalus. He had been held back by the king Minos in the Labyrinth with his son Icarus, from where he had still prepared for flight: only through the sky and escape opened, and so he mixed fathers with wax and thus he prepared wings suitable for flight. When they had been prepared, when both the father and son flew; thus they have been freed from the Labyrinth and the wild and unfriendly master. But when Icarus forgetful of his fathers plan flew high near the sun the wax melted and death soon seized the unlucky boy in the middle of the sea. The father saw the son no longer as he stayed in that place for a long time as the son approached death “Icarus!” he cried, Then mournfully went to Sicily, and then flew to the town of Cumae, where at the top of the castle was a new temple built by Apollo with amazing beauty, for the grace of the god, the savior showed salvation. In the Temple in the gate of heaven a story of an ugly monster Minotaur, a man with a huge head of a bull. The Minotaur lives in the Labyrinth, where by the command of Minos the Attic people, and boys and girls, are eaten. But to have been helped by Ariadne, Theseus, a younger and beautiful Atticus, and so cut the Minotaur and the young keeper.

The rest of the story and of the flight of Deadalus carved through the heavens, but as...
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