THE OPERA FANTASY BOX

 

 

PALINURUS & SCYLLA

the speculative approach

The account (as told by Vergil) is full of difficulties, ‘Te Palinure petens,tibi somnia tristia portans insonti' — ‘Looking for you, Palinurus, bringing you sad visions, guiltless though you are.’ But was Palinurus guiltless?

Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave,  p. 132 (1944)

> Palinurus box

 

HELENA NEAIRA & ELYSSA

the elegiac approach

Aeneas set course resolutely. As he sailed the Troyens looked back to walled Carthage, now aglow with tragic Dido'd flames. They knew how bitter are the agonies when intense love is outraged and the knowledge started a train of thought sombre with presentiment.

after Virgil, The Aeneid V 1-7 (transl. W.F. Jackson Knight)

> Elyssa's box

 

DEIPHOBE & HEKATOS

the phoiboleptiac approach

Then, having reached Italy, you will first visit the city of Cumae where lie ghostly lakes amid Avernus'whispering forests. There shall you see a frantic maiden-prophetes who from deep within a cavern of rock foretells the decrees of Destiny. She commits words to writing by making marks on leaves; afterwards she sorts into order all the prophecies which she has written on them (...). There they stay, all in order and motionless; but if once (...) even a slight wind strikes them, the delicate leaves are disturbed (...) the prophetess never afterwards thinks of catching them as they flit within the rock-hollow, or of putting them together again into prophecies.

after Virgil, The Aeneid III 441-451 (transl. W.F. Jackson Knight)

> Deiphobes' box (in preparation)

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