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Scyllas in Ovid.

Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1.331-2:

Fīlĭă | pūrpŭrĕ|ōs Nī|sō fū|rātă că|pīllōs
pūbĕ prĕ|mīt răbĭ|dōs || īnguĭnĭ|būsquĕ că|nēs.

The daughter who stole the purple hair from Nisus now pushes down rabid dogs with her crotch and groin.

This one’s a bit weird on its own.  The woman being spoken of is Scylla—or rather, two women named Scylla; one Scylla was the monster with dogs growing from her waist, and the other Scylla was a princess of Megara, daughter of a king whose lock of purple hair made him invincible.

According to some, Ovid has just confused the two Scyllas; other sources suggest both were mentioned, and some lines are missing.

I’m entirely unhappy with pube premit … inguinibusque and its rendering, though I’m not sure what would make the translation better.

[For Nisus.]

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