The Sea-Serpent

Post haec Perseus in fīnīs Aethiopum vēnit. Ibi Cēpheus quīdam illō tempore rēgnābat. Hīc Neptūnum, maris deum, ōlim offenderat; Neptūnus autem mōnstrum saevissimum mīserat. Hōc cottīdiē ē marī veniēbat et hominēs dēvorābat. Ob hanc causam pavor animōs omnium occupāverat. Cēpheus igitur ōrāculum deī Hammōnis cōnsuluit, atque ā deō iūssus est fīliam mōnstrō trādere. Eius autem fīlia, nomine Andromeda, virgō fōrmōsissima erat. Cēpheus ubi haec audīvit, māgnum dolōrem percēpit. Volēbat tamen cīvīs suōs ē tantō perīculō extrahere, atque ob eam causam imperāta Hammōnis facere cōnstituit.

1.  Post haec Perseus in fīnīs Aethiopum vēnit.

2.  Ibi Cēpheus quīdam illō tempore rēgnābat.

3.  Hīc Neptūnum, maris deum, ōlim offenderat; Neptūnus autem mōnstrum saevissimum mīserat.

4.  Hōc cottīdiē ē marī veniēbat et hominēs dēvorābat.

5.  Ob hanc causam pavor animōs omnium occupāverat.

6.  Cēpheus igitur ōrāculum deī Hammōnis cōnsuluit, atque ā deō iūssus est fīliam mōnstrō trādere.

7.  Eius autem fīlia, nomine Andromeda, virgō fōrmōsissima erat.

8.  Cēpheus ubi haec audīvit, māgnum dolōrem percēpit.

9.  Volēbat tamen cīvīs suōs ē tantō perīculō extrahere, atque ob eam causam imperāta Hammōnis facere cōnstituit.

1.  After these things Perseus came into the territory of the Ethiopians.

2.  There a certain Cepheus at that time was ruling.

3.  This man once had offended Neptune, the god of the sea; Neptune, however, had sent a very savage monster.

4.  This (monster) daily came from the sea and devoured people.

5.  On account of this reason fear had seized the minds of all.

6.  Cepheus therefore consulted the oracle of the god Hammon, and by the god he was ordered to hand over his daughter to the monster.

7.  His daughter however, Andromeda by name, was a very beautiful maiden.

8.  Cepheus, when he heard these things, felt great grief.

9.  He wanted nevertheless to rescue his citizens from so great a danger, and on account of this reason he decided to do the commands of Hammon.

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