56. The Death of Hercules (primer)
Hercules suspicans nihil mali
Hercules, suspecting nothing of evil,
statim induit vestem quam Lichas attulerat ;
immediately put on the clothing which Lichas had brought;
paulo post tamen sensit dolorem per omnia membra ,
By a little afterwards however he felt pain through all his limbs,
et mirabatur magnopere
and wondered greatly
quae esset causa eius rei .
what might be the cause of this thing .
paene exanimatus dolore conatus est detrahere vestem ;
Almost made dead by the pain he tried to drag off the clothing;
illa tamen haesit in corpore,
it however stuck on his body,
neque ullo modo potuit abscindi .
and not by any way was it able to be torn away .
Tum demum Hercules quasi impulsus furore
Then at last Hercules, as if driven on by madness,
contulit se in montem Oetam,
took himself onto Mount Oeta,
et posuit se in rogum,
and placed himself onto a funeral pyre,
quem exstruxit summa celeritate .
which he had built with very high quickness .
cum fecisset hoc, oravit eos qui circumstabant
When he had done this, he begged those who were standing nearby
ut succenderent rogum quam celerrime .
that they should light the pyre as quickly as possible .
Omnes diu recusabant;
All for a long time refused;
tandem tamen quidam pastor subdidit ignem .
At last, however, a certain shepherd applied flame .
inductus ad misericordiam.
having been moved to pity .
tum, dum omnia obscurantur fumo,
Then, while all < things> are obscured by smoke, Hercules celatus densa nube
Hercules, hidden by a dense cloud,
abreptus est a Iove in Olympum .
was carried off by Jupiter into < Mount> Olympus .