Epistulae 4.7

Johann Heinrich Schönfeld: Scythians at the Tomb of Ovid (1640)

Vincitur Aegisos testataque tempus in omne
sunt tua, Vestalis, carmine facta meo.

you’ve been posted here yourself
to the land of the midnight sun

to police the Hyperboreans
below the pole
you know that I’m not lying

you can see the ice
the frozen bottles

racing their hogs
along the floes
you’ve seen the poisoned nunchucks

had to fight yourself
when the stockade was attacked
(your deeds will live forever

in my verse)

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