Amathesteros

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Konstantin Somov, Daphnis & Chloe

Ἤιτει δὴ τὴν Χλόην χαρίσασθαί οἱ πᾶν ὅσον βούλεται καὶ γυμνὴν γυμνῷ συγκατακλιθῆναι μακρότερον ἢ πρόσθεν εἰώθεσαν· τοῦτο γὰρ δὴ λείπειν τοῖς Φιλητᾶ παιδεύμασιν ἵνα γένηται τὸ μόνον ἔρωτα παῦον φάρμακον. τῆς δὲ πυνθανομένης τί πλέον ἐστὶ φιλήματος καὶ περιβολῆς καὶ αὐτῆς κατακλίσεως καὶ τί ἔγνωκε δρᾶσαι γυμνὸς γυμνῇ συγκατακλινείς, “τοῦτο” εἶπεν “ὃ οἱ κριοὶ ποιοῦσι τὰς ὄϊς καὶ οἱ τράγοι τὰς αἶγας. ὁρᾷς ὡς μετὰ τοῦτο τὸ ἔργον οὔτε ἐκεῖναι φεύγουσιν ἔτι αὐτοὺς οὔτε ἐκεῖνοι κάμνουσι διώκοντες ἀλλ̓ ὥσπερ κοινῆς λοιπὸν ἀπολαύσαντες ἡδονῆς συννέμονται; γλυκύ τι ὡς ἔοικεν ἐστὶ τὸ ἔργον καὶ νικᾷ τὸ ἔρωτος πικρόν.” “εἶτα οὐχ ὁρᾷς,  ὦ Δάφνι, τὰς αἶγας καὶ τοὺς τράγους καὶ τοὺς κριοὺς καὶ τὰς ὄϊς ὡς ὀρθοὶ μὲν ἐκεῖνοι δρῶσιν, ὀρθαὶ δὲ ἐκεῖναι πάσχουσιν, οἱ μὲν πηδήσαντες, αἱ δὲ κατανωτισάμεναι; σὺ δέ με ἀξιοῖς συγκατακλινῆναι καὶ ταῦτα γυμνήν; καίτοιγε ἐκεῖναι πόσον ἐνδεδυμένης ἐμοῦ λασιώτεραι.” πείθεται Δάφνις καὶ συγκατακλινεὶς αὐτῇ πολὺν χρόνον ἔκειτο καὶ οὐδὲν ὧν ἕνεκα ὤργα ποιεῖν ἐπιστάμενος ἀνίστησιν αὐτὴν καὶ κατόπιν περιεφύετο μιμούμενος τοὺς τράγους. πολὺ δὲ μᾶλλον ἀπορηθείς, καθίσας ἔκλαεν εἰ καὶ κριῶν ἀμαθέστερος εἰς τὰ ἔρωτος ἔργα.
(Longus, Daphnis & Chloe 3.14)

He pressed Chloe to give him all that he wanted and to lie together naked for longer than they used to before, since this was the last untried step in Philetas’ instructions, so that the sole antidote for love could take effect. She asked what more there was than kissing, hugging, and actually lying down, and what he meant to do once they were lying together naked. “What the rams are doing to the ewes,” he replied, “and the he-goats to the she-goats. Do you notice that after they do that, the females no longer run away from the males and the males no longer wear themselves out chasing the females, but instead they graze together afterwards as if having shared a mutual pleasure? Apparently this behavior has a sweetness that overcomes the bitterness of love.” “Don’t you also notice, Daphnis, that the rams and the he-goats stand when they do this, and the ewes and the she-goats stand when they have it done, the males hopping onto the females and the females carrying them on their backs? And you ask me to lie down with you, and naked to boot? Yet how much woollier these females are than I am, even with my clothes on!” Daphnis agreed. Reclining with her, he lay there a long time, and not knowing how to do any of what he grew taut for, he stood her up and clung to her from behind, imitating the he-goats. But much more frustrated than before, he sat down and started to weep, for being more inept than he-goats in making love. (tr. Jeffrey Henderson)

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