By Ellen Lorenzi-Prince © 2005 All rights reserved
now through the wide domains which Phoebus, his day’s work ended, had left
bare, rose the Titanian queen, borne upward through a silent world, and with her
dewy chariot cooled and rarefied the air; now birds and beasts are hushed, and
sleep steals o’er the greedy cares of men, and stoops and beckons from the
sky, shrouding a toilsome life once more in sweet oblivion.
Statius, Thebaid, ca. 50CE
Image source: Greek Red Figure Ware, ca. 450 BCE