Aeneas? I Never Met Him!

Greek Anthology 16.151:

On an Image of Dido

O stranger, you’re looking at a model of wide-famed Dido, an image shining with divine beauty. ‘I was such as you see, but I did not have the mind that you hear about, since I earned by fame for good deeds. I never saw Aeneas, nor did he ever come in the times of Troy’s destruction to Libya. Rather, fleeing from the compulsion of marrying Iarbas, I drove the double-edged sword into my heart. Muses, why did you arm divine Vergil against me to say such things against my self-control!?’

εἰς εἰκόνα Διδοῦς

ἀρχέτυπον Διδοῦς ἐρικυδέος, ὦ ξένε, λεύσσεις,

εἰκόνα θεσπεσίῳ κάλλεϊ λαμπομένην.

τοίη καὶ γενόμην, ἀλλ᾽ οὐ νόον, οἷον ἀκούεις,

ἔσχον, ἐπ᾽ εὐφήμοις δόξαν ἐνεγκαμένη.

οὐδὲ γὰρ Αἰνείαν ποτ᾽ ἐσέδρακον, οὐδὲ χρόνοισι

Τροίης περθομένης ἤλυθον ἐς Λιβύην:

ἀλλὰ βίας φεύγουσα Ἰαρβαίων ὑμεναίων

πῆξα κατὰ κραδίης φάσγανον ἀμφίτομον.

Πιερίδες, τί μοι ἁγνὸν ἐφωπλίσσασθε Μάρωνα

οἷα καθ᾽ ἡμετέρης ψεύσατο σωφροσύνης;

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