Aeneaus Troianos contra Rutulos ducebat. Dum nox erat et copiae dormiebant, duces Troianorum in castris consilium habebant. Ad hos Nisus Euryalusque, iuvenes Troiani, audent venire. â€œO magni viri,â€ dicit Nisus, â€œsi me cum Euryalo ad castra Rutulorum mittetis, non solum multos homines necabimus, sed etiam multam praedam ex illis rapiemus; somnus enim istos habet.â€ â€œAnimos virtutemque horum iuvenum laudo!â€ exclamat Iulus, filius Aeneae illius. â€œValete!â€
Nunc veniunt Nisus Euryalusque in castra Rutulorum. Necant unum, tum multos alios. Euryalus ornamenta unius, galeam alterius, rapit. Cum hac praeda fugiunt. Sed Volcens, dux Rutulorum, illos Troianos videt et alios Rutulos vocat. Splendor istius galeae illos ad Euryalum ducit. Nisus hunc in periculo videt et audet amicum servare. Necat Volcentem, sed iste antea Euryalum necat. Tum alii Nisum vicunt; hic super corpus Euryali cadit.
Hanc fabulam totam Vergilius sribet et his Troianis famam perpetuam dabit.
Aeneaus was leading the Trojans against the Rutulians. While it was night and the troops were sleeping, the Trojan leaders were having a planning session in the camp. Nisus and Euryalus, Trojan youth, dared to come to this meeting. â€œOh great men,â€ says Nisus, â€œif you send me with Euryalos to the Rutulians camp, not only will we kill many men, but we will even snatch much loot from that camp; for sleep has that camp.â€ â€œI praise the courage and virtue of these youths!â€ cries out Iulus, son of the famous Aeneas. â€œFarewell!â€
Now Nisus and Euryalus come into the Rutulian camp. They kill one, and then many others. Euryalus snatches the fancy clothes of one, the helmet of another. With this loot they flee. But Volcens, the Rutulian leader, sees those Trojans and calls the other Rutulians. The brightness of that helmet leads them to Euryalus. Nisus sees him in danger and dares to save his friend. He kills Volcens, but he kills Euryalus before that. Then the others overcome Nisus; He falls dead on top of Euryalus body.
Virgil writes this whole story and gives eternal fame to these Trojans.