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Headword: Ἔννιος
Adler number: epsilon,1348
Translated headword: Ennius, Ennios
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A Roman poet, whom Aelian[1] says is worthy to be commended. For he sang of Scipio and he wanted to elevate the man to greatness and said that only Homer could sing praises worthy of Scipio. [It is] clear that he had been amazed at the great intelligence of the poet and the worth and magnificence of his meters;[2] and the Messapian poet[3] knew well that Homer was powerful enough to commend and to raise and exalt the glory of a man, from [the verses with] which he glorified Achilles.
Greek Original:
Ἔννιος, Ῥωμαῖος ποιητής: ὃν Αἰλιανὸς ἐπαινεῖν ἄξιόν φησι. Σκιπίωνα γὰρ ᾄδων καὶ ἐπὶ μέγα τὸν ἄνδρα ἐξᾶραι βουλόμενός φησι μόνον ἂν Ὅμηρον ἐπαξίους ἐπαίνους εἰπεῖν Σκιπίωνος. δῆλον δὲ ὡς ἐτεθήπει τοῦ ποιητοῦ τὴν μεγαλόνοιαν καὶ τῶν μέτρων τὸ μεγαλεῖον καὶ ἀξιάγαστον: καὶ ὡς ἐπαινέσαι δεινὸς Ὅμηρός ἐστι καὶ κλέος ἀνδρὸς πυργῶσαί τε καὶ ἆραι, ἐξ ὧν ἐπῄνεσε τὸν Ἀχιλλέα, καλῶς ἠπίστατο ὁ ποιητὴς ὁ Μεσσάπιος.
Notes:
OCD(4) 506-7.
Quintus Ennius (239-169) introduced the dactylic hexameter for Latin epic in his Annales, as well as adapting Greek tragedies to Latin. He also wrote an encomium, the main subject of the present entry, on Scipio Africanus. (For another of his friends see pi 2215.)
[1] Aelian fr. 119 Domingo-Forasté, 116 Hercher (i.e. the present material).
[2] Quoted again at mu 359.
[3] Before his naturalization as a Roman citizen (in 184) Ennius had originated from Messapia, in the "heel" of S Italy; see generally OCD(4) 937.
Keywords: biography; epic; geography; meter and music; mythology; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 March 2001@12:23:56.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Modified translation, added note.) on 5 March 2001@20:15:21.
David Whitehead (added notes, bibliography, keyword; cosmetics) on 6 March 2001@03:17:04.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 9 July 2003@08:35:12.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 7 March 2006@04:20:58.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 4 May 2007@13:17:56.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 27 August 2012@05:58:36.
Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 13 June 2013@01:24:27.
David Whitehead (updated 2 refs) on 3 August 2014@07:58:35.

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