The Alexandreis: A Twelfth-Century Epic by Walter Chatillon, David Townsend

By Walter Chatillon, David Townsend

Walter of Châtillons Latin epic at the lifetime of Alexander the nice used to be a 12th- and thirteenth-century "best-seller:" scribes produced over 2 hundred manuscripts. The poem follows Alexander from his first successes in Asia Minor, via his conquest of Persia and India, to his revolutionary ethical degeneration and his poisoning by way of a disaffected lieutenant. The Alexandreis exemplifies twelfth-century discourses of worldwide domination and the exoticism of the East. yet even as it calls such goals of mastery into query, many times undercutting because it does Alexander's claims to heroism and virtueand through extension, related claims through the good males of Walter's personal new release. This terribly layered and refined poem stands as a high-water mark of the medieval culture of Latin narrative literature.
Along with David Townsend's revised translation, this version presents a wealthy choice of ancient records, together with different writings via Walter of Châtillon, excerpts from different medieval Latin epics, and modern money owed of the international and "exotic."

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Pa. mu. ka. 741, padyä. 314.

Pa. mu. ko. ka. 723. 34] evam anyad api | säma bhedo’tha dänaà ca naty-upekñe rasäntaram | tad-bhaìgäya patiù kuryät ñaò-upäyän iti kramät ||229|| 201 tatra priya-vacaù säma bhedas tat-sakhy-upärjanam | dänaà vyäjena bhüñädeù pädayoù patanaà natiù ||230|| 202 sämädau tu parikñéëe syäd upekñävadhéraëam | rabhasa-träsa-harñädeù kopa-bhraàço rasäntaram ||231|| 203 yathä—“no cäöu-çravaëaà kåtam” ity ädi | atra sämädayaù païca sücitäù | rasäntara-gühyam | atha praväsaù— praväso bhinna-deçitvaà käryäc chäpäc ca sambhramät | taträìga-cela-mälinyam eka-veëé-dharaà çiraù | 204 niùçväsocchväsa-rudita-bhümi-pätädi jäyate ||232|| kià ca— aìgeñv asauñöhavaà täpaù päëòutä kåçatäruciù | 205 adhåtiù syäd anälambas tan-mayonmäda-mürcchanäù ||233|| måtiç ceti kramäj jïeyä daça smara-daçä iha | 206 asauñöhavaà maläpattis täpas tu viraha-jvaraù ||234|| arucir vastu-vairägyaà sarvaträrägitä dhåtiù | 207 anälambanatä cäpi çünyatä manasaù småtä | 208ab tan-mayaà tat-prakäço hi bähyäbhyantaratas tathä ||235|| 208cd çeñaà spañöam | eka-deçato yathä mama täta-pädänäm— cintäbhiù stimitaà manaù kara-tale lénä kapola-sthalau pratyüña-kñaëa-deça-päëòu-vadanaà çväsaika-khinno’dharaù | ambhaù-çékara-padminé-kisalayair näpaiti täpaù çamaù ko’syäù prärthita-durlabho’sti sahate dénäà daçäm édåçém || bhävé bhavan bhüta iti tridhä syät tatra käryajaù ||236|| 208ef käryasya buddhi-pürvakatvät traividhyam | tatra bhävé, yathä mama— yämaù sundari yähi päntha dayite çokaà våthä mä kåthäù çokas te gamane kuto mama tato bäñpaà kathaà muïcasi | çéghraà na vrajaséti mäà gamayituà kasmäd iyaà te tvarä bhüyän asya saha tvayä jigamiñor jévasya me sambhramaù || bhavan, yathä— prasthänaà valayaiù kåtaà priyasakhair ajasraà gataà dhåtyä na kñaëam äsitaà vyavasitaà cittena gantuà puraù | gantuà niçcita-cetasi priyatame sarve samaà prasthitä gantavye sati jévita-priya-suhåt-särthaù kim u tyajyate ||1 bhüto, yathä—“cintäbhiù stimitam” ity ädi | çäpäd, yathä—“täà jänéthäù” ity ädi | sambhramo divya-mänuña-nirghätotpätädijaù | yathä vikramorvaçyäm urvaçé-purüravasoù | atra pürva-rägoktänäm abhiläñädénäm atroktänäà cäìgäsauñöhavädénäm api daçänäm ubhayeñäm apy ubhayatra sambhave’pi cirantana-prasiddhyä vivicya pratipädanam | atha karuëa-vipralambhaù— yünor ekatarasmin gatavati lokäntaraà punar alabhye | vimanäyate yadaikas tato bhavet karuëa-vipralambhäkhyaù ||237|| 209 yathä—kädambaryäà puëòaréka-mahäçvetä-våttänte | punar alabhye çaréräntareëa vä labhye tu karuëäkhya eva rasaù | kià cäträkäça-sarasvaté-bhäñänantaram eva çåìgäraù, saìgamapratyäçayä rater udbhavät | prathamaà tu karuëa eva | ity abhiyuktä manyante | yathätra 1 amaru 32; subhä.

89, Skm 1777, Dr. 33, Subhäñitävali 735. 27. mä. saà. ko. ka. né. pa. mu. ko. ka. 723. 34] evam anyad api | säma bhedo’tha dänaà ca naty-upekñe rasäntaram | tad-bhaìgäya patiù kuryät ñaò-upäyän iti kramät ||229|| 201 tatra priya-vacaù säma bhedas tat-sakhy-upärjanam | dänaà vyäjena bhüñädeù pädayoù patanaà natiù ||230|| 202 sämädau tu parikñéëe syäd upekñävadhéraëam | rabhasa-träsa-harñädeù kopa-bhraàço rasäntaram ||231|| 203 yathä—“no cäöu-çravaëaà kåtam” ity ädi | atra sämädayaù païca sücitäù | rasäntara-gühyam | atha praväsaù— praväso bhinna-deçitvaà käryäc chäpäc ca sambhramät | taträìga-cela-mälinyam eka-veëé-dharaà çiraù | 204 niùçväsocchväsa-rudita-bhümi-pätädi jäyate ||232|| kià ca— aìgeñv asauñöhavaà täpaù päëòutä kåçatäruciù | 205 adhåtiù syäd anälambas tan-mayonmäda-mürcchanäù ||233|| måtiç ceti kramäj jïeyä daça smara-daçä iha | 206 asauñöhavaà maläpattis täpas tu viraha-jvaraù ||234|| arucir vastu-vairägyaà sarvaträrägitä dhåtiù | 207 anälambanatä cäpi çünyatä manasaù småtä | 208ab tan-mayaà tat-prakäço hi bähyäbhyantaratas tathä ||235|| 208cd çeñaà spañöam | eka-deçato yathä mama täta-pädänäm— cintäbhiù stimitaà manaù kara-tale lénä kapola-sthalau pratyüña-kñaëa-deça-päëòu-vadanaà çväsaika-khinno’dharaù | ambhaù-çékara-padminé-kisalayair näpaiti täpaù çamaù ko’syäù prärthita-durlabho’sti sahate dénäà daçäm édåçém || bhävé bhavan bhüta iti tridhä syät tatra käryajaù ||236|| 208ef käryasya buddhi-pürvakatvät traividhyam | tatra bhävé, yathä mama— yämaù sundari yähi päntha dayite çokaà våthä mä kåthäù çokas te gamane kuto mama tato bäñpaà kathaà muïcasi | çéghraà na vrajaséti mäà gamayituà kasmäd iyaà te tvarä bhüyän asya saha tvayä jigamiñor jévasya me sambhramaù || bhavan, yathä— prasthänaà valayaiù kåtaà priyasakhair ajasraà gataà dhåtyä na kñaëam äsitaà vyavasitaà cittena gantuà puraù | gantuà niçcita-cetasi priyatame sarve samaà prasthitä gantavye sati jévita-priya-suhåt-särthaù kim u tyajyate ||1 bhüto, yathä—“cintäbhiù stimitam” ity ädi | çäpäd, yathä—“täà jänéthäù” ity ädi | sambhramo divya-mänuña-nirghätotpätädijaù | yathä vikramorvaçyäm urvaçé-purüravasoù | atra pürva-rägoktänäm abhiläñädénäm atroktänäà cäìgäsauñöhavädénäm api daçänäm ubhayeñäm apy ubhayatra sambhave’pi cirantana-prasiddhyä vivicya pratipädanam | atha karuëa-vipralambhaù— yünor ekatarasmin gatavati lokäntaraà punar alabhye | vimanäyate yadaikas tato bhavet karuëa-vipralambhäkhyaù ||237|| 209 yathä—kädambaryäà puëòaréka-mahäçvetä-våttänte | punar alabhye çaréräntareëa vä labhye tu karuëäkhya eva rasaù | kià cäträkäça-sarasvaté-bhäñänantaram eva çåìgäraù, saìgamapratyäçayä rater udbhavät | prathamaà tu karuëa eva | ity abhiyuktä manyante | yathätra 1 amaru 32; subhä.

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