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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

[GBM] Tits and brains


The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: Paris 'obviously' grants Minerva the victory, forgetting what he had promised the wife of the supreme god. But 'obviously' the third candidate now talks privately to him: Venus. And she adopts a completely different approach, not trying to frighten him, but, on the contrary, calling him by name as her first word.

2.102, line 1 - 103, line 1

But Love's mother, in whose beautiful face
the three Graces put all of their delights,
turning her eyes⎯ that open heaven on earth⎯      or paradise (paradiso)
towards the boy, now approaches him
and, composing her sweet, serene face
in a mood of joyful friendliness,
she pleasingly looses her language
able to charm the hearts, and says,

"Paris!. . ."