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?


More Poems by Virgil

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