Aeneid Book 6, lines 788 - 805

Aeneas’s vision of Augustus

by Virgil

As Aeneas continues his underworld journey, the spirit of his father, Anchises, shows him the Roman heroes of the future as father and son talk in the Elysian Fields. Now he comes to their culmination: the Emperor Augustus. Neither Anchises nor Virgil holds back.

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huc geminas nunc flecte acies, hanc aspice gentem
Romanosque tuos. hic Caesar et omnis Iuli
progenies magnum caeli ventura sub axem.
hic vir, hic est, tibi quem promitti saepius audis,
Augustus Caesar, divi genus, aurea condet
saecula qui rursus Latio regnata per arva
Saturno quondam, super et Garamantas et Indos
proferet imperium; iacet extra sidera tellus,
extra anni solisque vias, ubi caelifer Atlas
axem umero torquet stellis ardentibus aptum.
huius in adventum iam nunc et Caspia regna
responsis horrent divum et Maeotia tellus,
et septemgemini turbant trepida ostia Nili.
nec vero Alcides tantum telluris obivit,
fixerit aeripedem cervam licet, aut Erymanthi
pacarit nemora et Lernam tremefecerit arcu;
nec qui pampineis victor iuga flectit habenis
Liber, agens celso Nysae de vertice tigris.
et dubitamus adhuc virtutem extendere factis,
aut metus Ausonia prohibet consistere terra?

Now look here, see this race of Romans of your own.
Here is Caesar, and all the descendants of Iulus to come
under the axis of the heavens. This, this is the man
you have so often heard promised you, Augustus Caesar,
son of a God, who will found a new golden age
in Latium in the land once ruled by Saturn, extend
his rule to Africans and Indians, and land that lies
beyond the stars and the paths of the year and Sun,
where Atlas, the bearer of the sky, turns its axis
on his shoulder, knit to the blazing stars.
For his coming, already Scythia and the Caspian
realms shudder at the oracles of their gods, and
the mouths of the sevenfold Nile shake in fear.
Nor did even Hercules travel so far over the world,
though he shot the bronze-hoofed stag, pacified
Erymanthus and made Lerna quail with his bow;
nor victorious Bacchus, who steers his chariot with
vine-reins, driving his tigers down the steeps of Nysa.
And do we hesitate still to proclaim our prowess by
deeds? Will fear prevent us settling on Italian lands?

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More Poems by Virgil

  1. The death of Priam
  2. Hector visits Aeneas in a dream
  3. Aeneas learns the way to the underworld
  4. King Mezentius meets his match
  5. Laocoon and the snakes
  6. Virgil predicts a forthcoming birth and a new golden age
  7. Aristaeus’s bees
  8. Aeneas tours the site of Rome
  9. Turnus the wolf
  10. Aeneas is wounded
  11. Fire strikes Aeneas’s fleet
  12. Aeneas’s oath
  13. Aeneas sees Marcellus, Augustus’s tragic heir
  14. In King Latinus’s hall
  15. Dido and Aeneas: Hell hath no fury …
  16. Storm at sea!
  17. Catastrophe for Rome?
  18. The infant Camilla
  19. King Latinus grants the Trojans’ request
  20. Charon, the ferryman
  21. Omens for Princess Lavinia
  22. Palinurus the helmsman is lost
  23. Juno is reconciled
  24. The portals of sleep
  25. Rites for the allies’ dead
  26. Aeneas comes to the Hell of Tartarus
  27. Vulcan’s forge
  28. The Harpy’s prophecy
  29. Dido falls in love
  30. Rumour
  31. The Aeneid begins
  32. Turnus at bay
  33. Aeneas reaches the Elysian Fields
  34. The death of Dido.
  35. Virgil’s perils on the sea
  36. More from Virgil’s farming Utopia
  37. Signs of bad weather
  38. The death of Euryalus and Nisus
  39. The Trojans reach Carthage
  40. Turnus is lured away from battle
  41. Aeneas saves his son and father, but at a cost
  42. Aeneas arrives in Italy
  43. Aeneas rescues his Father Anchises
  44. New allies for Aeneas
  45. Jupiter’s prophecy
  46. The natural history of bees
  47. The farmer’s happy lot
  48. The Syrian hostess
  49. Sea-nymphs
  50. The Fury Allecto blows the alarm
  51. Dido and Aeneas: royal hunt and royal affair
  52. Dido’s release
  53. Help for Father Aeneas from Father Tiber
  54. Aeneas’s ships are transformed
  55. The Trojan Horse enters the city
  56. Laocoon warns against the Trojan horse
  57. The death of Pallas
  58. The farmer’s starry calendar
  59. Mercury’s journey to Carthage
  60. Love is the same for all
  61. Aeneas joins the fray
  62. Aeneas prepares to tell Dido his story
  63. Virgil begins the Georgics
  64. How Aeneas will know the site of his city
  65. Aeneas finds Dido among the shades
  66. The journey to Hades begins
  67. Juno throws open the gates of war
  68. Anchises’s ghost invites Aeneas to visit the underworld
  69. The Trojans prepare to set sail from Carthage
  70. Mourning for Pallas
  71. Virgil’s poetic temple to Caesar
  72. A Fury rouses Turnus to war
  73. Souls awaiting punishment in Tartarus, and the crimes that brought them there.