Perseus is Sent on His Travels
Rēx Dīmīsit Perseum

Perseus igitur multōs annōs ibi habitābat, et cum mātre suā vītam beātam agēbat. At Polydectēs Danaēn māgnopere amābat, atque eam in mātrimōnium dūcere volēbat. Hōc tamen cōnsilium Perseō minimē grātum erat. Polydectēs igitur Perseum dīmittere cōnstituit. Tum iuvenem ad sē vocāvit et haec dīxit: “Turpe est hanc īgnāvam vītam agere; iam dūdum tū adulēscēns es. Quō ūsque hīc manēbis? Tempus est arma capere et virtūtem praestāre. Hinc abī, et caput Medūsae mihi refer.”


1. Perseus igitur multōs annōs ibi habitābat, et cum mātre suā vītam beātam agēbat.

2. At Polydectēs Danaēn māgnopere amābat, atque eam in mātrimōnium dūcere volēbat.

3. Hōc tamen cōnsilium Perseō minimē grātum erat.

4. Polydectēs igitur Perseum dīmittere cōnstituit.

5. Tum iuvenem ad sē vocāvit et haec dīxit: “Turpe est hanc īgnāvam vītam agere;

6. “iam dūdum tū adulēscēns es. Quō ūsque hīc manēbis?

7. “Tempus est arma capere et virtūtem praestāre.

8. “Hinc abī, et caput Medūsae mihi refer.”

1. Perseus therefore for many years dwelled there, and with his mother a blessed life lived.

2. But Polydectes loved Danae greatly, and he wanted to lead her into marriage.

3. This plan, however, was not at all pleasing to Perseus.

4. Polydectes, therefore, decided to send Perseus away.

5. Then he called the young man to himself and said these words: "It is a foul thing to live this cowardly life;

6. "for a long time now you have been a young man. How long will you remain here?

7. "It is time to take up arms and display courage.

8. "Go away from here, and bring back to me the head of Medusa."


Perseus igitur multōs annōs ibi habitābat, et cum mātre suā vītam beātam agēbat. At Polydectēs Danaēn māgnopere amābat, atque eam in mātrimōnium dūcere volēbat. Hōc tamen cōnsilium Perseō minimē grātum erat. Polydectēs igitur Perseum dīmittere cōnstituit. Tum iuvenem ad sē vocāvit et haec dīxit: “Turpe est hanc īgnāvam vītam agere; iam dūdum tū adulēscēns es. Quō ūsque hīc manēbis? Tempus est arma capere et virtūtem praestāre. Hinc abī, et caput Medūsae mihi refer.”

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