Priusquam digressus est, Aeneas a rege Heleno quaesivit quae pericula sibi vitanda essent. Ille Aenean ad Phoebi templum manu duxit, deinde dixit: "Nate dea! Pauca tibi dicam, nam cetera fari vetat Iuno....Ubi ventus ad oram Siculam te advexerit, laevam pete! Nam illud fretum duo monstra horrenda tenent. ...Praestat totam Siciliam longo cursu circum ire."

This is passage is part of chapter Andromache et Helenus in Lingva Latina of Pars II Roma Aeterna by Hans H.Orberg. I was only able to translate the first sentence that Aeneas met king Heleno who asked him about what difficulties Aeneas would need to avoid. (correct me if I am wrong). However, I really don't understand the any lines after that. I am just a second year Latin student who randomly got put into a higher class, and my Latin skill is very lacking. I am sorry that I am just asking people for help without giving the necessary context. This is the first time I am using this website, and I just want to get help in Latin. Any help would me much appreciated.

Also, if what is the subject of tenent?

  • What I should have done is: Tell you (1) to ask that as a separate Question: "In the phrase Rex ducem ad templum manu duxit, what sort of ablative is manu ?" and then (2)you could look up Ablativus in the top margin here; (3)google Latin Ablative; and (4) check it in your dictionary/ grammar.
    – Hugh
    Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 8:35

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Here are the bare bones of the piece; I hope you can find your way from here. Good Luck.

Priusquam digressus est (Temporal clause "Before he(Aeneas) set off...)

Aeneas a rege Heleno quaesivit (Main clause "Aeneas inquired from King H...)

quae pericula sibi vitanda essent.(Indirect question(subjunctive) "..what dangers there were)

Ille Aenean ad... manu duxit, (New main clause "He led A by the hand to...)

"Pauca tibi dicam, nam... (Direct speech: "Few things I will say to you, because...)

Ubi ventus ad oram Siculam te advexerit, (Adverbial "When the wind drives you...)

laevam pete! (Imperative "Aim for the...)

Nam illud fretum duo monstra horrenda tenent.(Causal "Because monsters hold

...Praestat ... circum ire. " (Main Clause "It is better to go round)

  • Thank you! Another question, what ablative is the word "manu"? Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 3:07
  • The naming of Ablatives changes even more frequently than the rules of football. Try this thelatinlibrary.com/101/ablative3.pdf Look under #2 INSTRUMENTAL B Ablativus modi. Translate it as 'led him by the hand' or, to show you know the idiom, 'led him by force.'
    – Hugh
    Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 8:24

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