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Beginners Latin Course: 3. Adventures of Hercules(2), 44 Hercules and Cacus (primer)

44 Hercules and Cacus (primer)

cum posset reperire nullum alium introitum,

since he was able to find not any other entrance,

Hercules conatus est amovere hoc saxum,

Hercules tried to move away this rock,

sed propter magnitudinem eius res fuit difficillima .

but on account of the great size of it the thing was very difficult .

diu laborabat frustra

For a long time he struggled in vain,

neque quicquam poterat facere;

and not anything was he able to do;

tandem tamen magno conatu

Finally however with a great try-ing

amovit saxum et patefecit speluncam.

he moved away the rock and laid open the cave.

ibi cum magno gaudio conspexit amissos boves.

There with great rejoicing he saw the lost oxen.

sed vix potuit cernere Cacum ipsum,

But scarcely was he able to see Cacus himself,

quod spelunca erat plena fumo

because the cave was filled with smoke

quem ille suo more evomebat .

which he by his custom was belching out .

Hercules turbatus insolita specie

Hercules confused by the unusual sight

haesitabat breve tempus ;

hesitated for a short time;

mox tamen inrupit in speluncam

Soon however he broke in into the cave

et complexus est bracchiis collum monstri .

and grasped with his hands the neck of the monster.

ille quamquam repugnavit multum,

He, although he fought back much,

nullo modo potuit liberare se,

in no way was able to free himself,

et cum nulla facultas respirandi daretur,

and since not any means of breathing was being given,

mox exanimatus est.

soon was made lifeless.


44 Hercules and Cacus (primer) 44 Hercules and Cacus (primer) 44 Hercules en Cacus (primer) 44 Hércules e Caco (cartilha)

cum posset reperire nullum alium introitum, let no man come when he might have to find the entrance,

since he was able to find not any other entrance,

Hercules conatus est amovere hoc saxum, Her attempt to remove the rock

Hercules tried to move away this rock,

sed propter magnitudinem eius res fuit difficillima .

but on account of the great size of it the thing was very difficult .

diu laborabat frustra

For a long time he struggled in vain,

neque quicquam poterat facere; nor is anything to be able to do;

and not anything was he able to do;

tandem tamen magno conatu

Finally however with a great try-ing

amovit saxum et patefecit speluncam.

he moved away the rock and laid open the cave.

ibi cum magno gaudio conspexit amissos boves.

There with great rejoicing he saw the lost oxen.

sed vix potuit cernere Cacum ipsum,

But scarcely was he able to see Cacus himself,

quod spelunca erat plena fumo

because the cave was filled with smoke

quem ille suo more evomebat . which he has made in his usual manner vomiting.

which he by his custom was belching out .

Hercules turbatus insolita specie

Hercules confused by the unusual sight

haesitabat breve tempus ;

hesitated for a short time;

mox tamen inrupit in speluncam

Soon however he broke in into the cave

et complexus est bracchiis collum monstri .

and grasped with his hands the neck of the monster.

ille quamquam repugnavit multum, that although the woman resisted even a lot,

He, although he fought back much,

nullo modo potuit liberare se,

in no way was able to free himself,

et cum nulla facultas respirandi daretur, and when none of the ability to breathe freely and to be given them,

and since not any means of breathing was being given,

mox exanimatus est. just passed away.

soon was made lifeless.