DIFFICULT POETIC TRIFLES. The past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in Martial's writings. I have often made love to Christina. 1 A dining-hall erected by Domitian, called Mica, "Crumb," from its smallness. He wants strained Caecuban wine, and wine ripened in the year of Opimius; and dark Falernian which is stored in small flagons. Then why, stern Cato, come to watch? "Laugh if you are wise, girl, laugh," said, I believe, the poet of the Peligni.3 But he did not say this to all girls. The first is, that I waste less paper. [Martial.] What but an illness displays such idle wealth? Fannius, as he was fleeing from the enemy, put himself to death. If you always deceive, I beg you, Galla, for the future, to say "No.". As to the warm baths, he bathes in them again and again and again. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. After doing everything, but without the favour of heaven, he runs back, well washed, to the box-grove of the warm Europa, in case some belated friend may be taking his way there. Or did you come in simply to walk out? While you are thinking of becoming, sometimes a lawyer, sometimes a professor of eloquence, and cannot decide, Laurus, what you mean to be, the age of Peleus, and Priam, and Nestor, has passed by with you, and it would now be late enough for you even to retire from any profession. how caressing, Ammianus, is your mother with you! Pannicus, shows no signs of manliness. Caecilianus, that I invited you. 637. B. x. Ep. 3 Water boiled and then cooled in snow, such as the Romans used to mix with their wine. An illustration of an audio speaker. A quiet hearth delights me, and a house which disdains not the blackness of smoke,1 a running spring, and a natural piece of turf. Martial 22. 1 Distorted, as things appear under troubled water. 70. I believe you do. I'm now your slave----that would have been your friend; To see you, however, I have no objection to go two miles; but I have great objection to go four miles not to see you. This edition provides an English translation of and detailed commentary on the second book of epigrams published by the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis. It is hard to refuse me a favour, Sextus, when you are asked; how much harder, before you are asked. You owe nothing, Sextus; you owe nothing, Sextus, I admit; for he only owes, Sextus, who can pay. In offering to no one the cup from which you drink, you give a proof, Hormus, not of pride, but of kindness.1. $105.00. Keep this whole half entirely to yourself Why are you not content to be what you are? Do you think this an amusement and a jest? I would rather please select ears. Gentleman's Mag. If you wish to give her suitable presents, send her a toga.1. 1 client to the lofty temples of the gods? The book is clearly set out, with introductory sections as follows: (1) M’s Life and Works; (2) Epigram before M; (3) Characteristics of M’s Epigrams (Themes; Characters; Formal Features: Point, Bipartite Structure, Length, and Meter; Book Structure); … "Does not cut hair?" An illustration of two photographs. Spatale was so large that he required her to pay the price of three women; a demand to which she made no objection. Do you ask what profit my Nomentan estate brings me, Linus? "But still those verses of yours are bad." Make a vocab list for this book or for all the words you’ve clicked (via login/signup) Save this passage to your account (via login/signup) Epigrams 2/3 → ↑ different passage in the book ↑ different book ← All Latin Literature © A bottle of iced water,3 bound with light basket-work, shall be my offering to you at the present Saturnalia. [Martial. 1925/1976. Written to celebrate the 80 CE opening of the Roman Colosseum, Martial's first book of poems, "On the Spectacles," tells of the shows in the new arena. Martial, Epigrams. Leipzig. Make a vocab list for this book or for all the words you’ve clicked (via login/signup) Save this passage to your account (via login/signup) Epigrams 9/3 → ↑ different passage in the book ↑ different book ← All Latin Literature © Let Palaemon4 write verses for admiring crowds. Martial, who is known throughout the land for these witty little books of epigrams: to whom, wise reader, you keep giving, while he still feels, among the living, what few poets merit in their graves. I see why tragic and comic writers admit a prologue,----because they are not allowed to speak for themselves. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. while you yourself fear the cold which pierces my ragged side, What sacrifice would it have been, wretched mortal, to deprive of a couple of habits----(what do you fear?) Go now, and bid me publish my little books. Software. if you are a man, say "No.". If in these pages of mine, reader, anything seem to you too obscure, or written in too homely language, the fault is not mine: the copier did the mischief in his over-anxiety to give you the full amount of verses. For, cruel and malicious, he slew with furious tooth two boys of that young band whose duty it was to put a new face on the ensanguined arena with their rakes. 1 A brazen mirror. Are you ignorant what the thing is? Is it possible that you knew with what sort of an epistle, and how long a one, you were in danger of being occupied? If you decide against the School, all the courts of law are in a perfect fever of litigation; Marsyas himself 2 might He is now craftily spreading nets for fat thrushes, and throwing out a hook for mullet and pike. But if you shall deem, not him, but me to be the culprit, then I shall believe you to have no understanding. 19. These are those epigrams which, when I was reciting them, you used to steal and write out in Vitellian tablets.1 These are they which you used to carry one by one in your pockets to every feast, and every theatre. Your litter may, if you please, be larger than an hexaphoros, Zoilus; but as it is your litter, it should be called a bier.1. I would not have you curl your hair, nor yet would I have you throw it into disorder. Well, and what you are doing, Hyllus, is that lawful? An illustration of a 3.5" floppy disk. Epigrams, with an English translation Item Preview ... Book digitized by Google from the library of University of Michigan and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. 1 Dasius was the proprietor or superintendent of baths for females. Let him be a free man, who wishes to be my master. Is not this, I ask, madness,----to die for fear of dying? A MS. in the Written with satiric wit and a talent for the memorable phrase, the poems in this collection record the broad spectacle of shows in the new arena. 2 An animal something like a lizard, supposed to yield a poisonous liquid, used as a But that female cutter, Ammianus, does not cut hair. The hundredth sesterce you had just to pay, You say, Sextus, that fair damsels are burning with love He, who alone had the power, has granted to my prayer the rights of a father of three children, as a reward for the efforts of my Muse. Dismiss all your Machaons. Why do such strange titles of affection delight you? depillatory. 2008. 1695. Whatever readers light upon this book, will owe it to you that they come to the first page without being tired. first, you can take away "one" from its title. With like judgment, you would think the Colossus too tall, and might call Brutus's boy2 too short. flirting, not dying. TO THE READER. One who is a patron himself Maximus, should not have a patron. covet. expressed commendation of the person to whom they were addressed, when read forwards, but satire when read the other So the commentators interpret. ", Marius has left you a legacy of five pounds of silver. You could, I admit, have contained three hundred epigrams ; but who, my book, would have contained himself at you, and read you through? But contemporary readers are in particular need of assistance when approaching these epigrams, and until now there has been no modern commentary dedicated to Book II. I'm not in love, cries Milic. this letter, which you could not say in your verses? It is disease of the throat.2. V. PEPPER. The file will be sent to your email address. Ep. 1 Where malefactors were punished with scourging. 82. This crime she punished with the mirror,1 by means of which she discovered it, and Plecusa fell to the ground under her blows, in consequence of the cruel hair. At the price of all my chattels I have purchased my cap of liberty. LXI. Book two. "If harsh Fortune should overwhelm you with some terrible accusation; I will attend you in mourning habit, and more pale than a person accused. What if you were to order Ladas against his will to mount the narrow ridge of the petaurum?3 It is absurd to make one's amusements difficult; and labour expended on follies is childish. Williams, Craig A. That you always smell so agreeably, Postumus, makes me suspect that you have something to conceal. 1925/1976. You are clad in a toga washed in the waters of Lacedaemonian Galaesus, or one which Parma supplied from a select flock: but I, in one which the stuffed figure first exposed to the furious horns of the bull,1 would be unwilling should be called his. Converted file can differ from the original. For delighting to lengthen out the night over too many cups, I pardon you, Gaurus; you have the weakness of Cato. "Where keep my fish in summer?" Do you wish to become free? Do you think that you are sufficiently avenged? You are mistaken; Naevia is Ladas was a swift runner (see If, therefore, you believe your mirror and me, you should shrink from laughing as much as Spanius dreads the wind, Priscus a touch,1 Fabulla, with chalked face, a rain-cloud, or Sabella, painted with white-lead, the sun. 1 Guests often brought their napkins with them; see Martial, Epigrams. Jacobus Borovskij. But I think that she had read what I wrote: she will then grant it.1. 11 used & new from $29.97. Other editions containing works of Martial [Marcus Valerius Martialis] Oxford World's Classics: Martial: Epigrams. He runs to Book 1. FRANKINCENSE. I would not have had this happen to you, Saleianus. Tufts University provided support for entering this text. Fuficulenus and Faventinus 2 procure for him these friends and flocks of clients. I asked, by chance, a loan of twenty thousand sesterces,2 which would have been no serious matter even as a present. Book 4. "Are they the common property of us both?" Epigrams Book XI 2. Do you ask how she returns it? This edition provides an English translation of and detailed commentary on the second book of epigrams published by the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis. Software. Why do we see Saleianus with a sadder air than usual?----Is the reason a trifling one? You declaim prettily, Attalus; you plead causes prettily: you write pretty histories, pretty verses. 1 The patches being removed, the letters branded upon his forehead, which prove him to have been a slave, will appear. "It is a large sum." ON THE EMPEROR DOMITIAN'S BIRTH-DAY. Your brother 2 earned his triumphs over Idumaea, with the assistance of your father;3 the laurel which is given from the conquest of the Catti is all your own. Yes; I submit, my lord; you've gained your end: So well, that it is impossible for any one to go beyond her. May these be mine; a well-fed attendant, a wife not over-learned, nights with sleep, days without strife. Do you not know that the public says what he cannot? "What do I want," say you, "with a letter? WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. 1 Gallus, it is supposed, had been praetor of Libya or Africa. Do you notice, Maternus, that Saufeius accompanied in front and behind by a crowd of followers, a crowd as great as that by which Regulus is escorted home after sending off his shaven Goodbye to you, madam wife. All these articles, wrapped up in your dripping napkin, are handed to your servant to carry home.1 We sit by with jaws unemployed. If Europa does nothing for him, he then goes to the enclosures, to see whether he can gain anything from the sons of Phillyra and Aeson.1 Disappointed here likewise, he next haunts the Memphitic temple of Isis,2 and seats himself near the seats of that sad heifer. become a lawyer. 2 Names of usurers, it is supposed, to whom he had mortgaged his estate. you are bald. Galla, you never grant, but always promise, favours to any one that asks them. Learn something which you do not know: two pages of Marsus and the learned Pedo often contain only one epigram. See B. xiv. 5 ostendit digitum, sed impudicum, Alconti Dasioque Symmachoque. Your beard should be neither that of an effeminate Asiatic, nor that of an accused person.3 I alike detest, Pannicus, one who is more, and one W. M. Lindsay (2007) M. Valerii Martialis Liber Spectaculorum. You recite nothing, and you wish, Mamercus, to be thought a poet. who is less than a man. Begin; three professors of eloquence have died in one year, if you have courage, and any talent in that line. TO HIS FRIEND, DECIANUS. I know the cunning of the man; he has a hunger-and-thirst fever. If, however, you go against your will, why, Classicus, do you go at all? how sagacious! 1 The stola was the dress of the Roman matron. Of wealth in love luxuriant the disburse! 1 The hexaphoros was a large sort of palanquin, carried on the shoulders of six men. Oh, how caressing, Ammianus, are you with your mother! The past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in Martial's writings. Juv. You can write a book review and share your experiences. Book 2. me to make my book so thin, as not to be thicker than a mere roller,2 if it takes you three days to read it through? Get this from a library! I court your dinner; alas! You can write a book review and share your experiences. You vomit; that was Antonius' failing; your luxury, that of Apicius. Besides, what have you to say in this letter, which you could not say in your verses? An illustration of two cells of a film strip. Young Hyllus, you are the favoured gallant of the wife of a military tribune; do you fear, in consequence, merely the punishment of a child? FATHER OF THREE CHILDREN. 1 In the arena. 2 There are various readings of this Epigram. kiss you, Philaenis? Devoted reader, the glory you have given him while he lives and feels comes to few poets in their graves. This, Milichus, would have been an act of great extravagance, had you loved at such a price, even though rich. It could only be made more foul, Zoilus, by your plunging your head in it. At head of title: Martial Latin and English on opposite pages Bibliography: v. 1, p. xix-xxii Addeddate 2009-12-12 15:22:24 Elphinston. You look, he, I say, who is followed by a band of clients and slaves, and a litter with new curtains and girths, has but just now pawned his ring at Claudius' counter for barely eight sesterces, to get himself a dinner. Your Libyan tables are supported on feet of Indian ivory; my beechen table is propped up with a potsherd. Leipzig. See s. v. Tabulae) 4 An untranslateable pun on the word Argonauts, which Martial fancifully compounds of the Greek words ἀργός, "slow," and ναύτης, "a sailor". plus shipping $109.65. free shipping worldwide. ON MANNEIUS. Martial, Epigrams. Book 2. Get this from a library! Bodleian adds another verse. But if I treat you with deference, I shall not love you. No one is more ingenious than yourself Caecilianus; I have remarked it Whenever I read a few distichs from my own compositions, you forthwith recite some bits of Marsus or Catullus. That Germanicus 2 may late begin to rule over the ethereal hall, and that he may long rule over the earth, offer pious incense to Jove. Martial. If he were well, of what use would be these scarlet coverlets, this bed brought 2 The statue of a boy, made by Brutus, an artificer. Search. 1 If she refused to receive my communications, I should despair of prevailing on her; but as she receives them, I hope at length to gain her I will not say; for why should I give offence to these same kisses, which can so well avenge themselves? Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. My neighbour Patrobas often trespasses on my little field: you are afraid to oppose a freedman of Caesar. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Do you think, Zoilus, that I am made happy by an invitation to dinner? Take my advice, and weep if you art wise, girl, weep. This file and all material on this page is in the public domain - copy freely. Whatever is placed upon table you sweep off right and left; breast of sow, chine of pork, a woodcock prepared for two guests, half a mullet, and a whole pike, the side of a lamprey, and the leg of a chicken, and a wood-pigeon dripping with its sauce. An illustration of an open book. If she should order you to depart under condemnation from your native land, I will go, through seas, through mountains, your companion in exile." Whether it be a slave that I have bought, or a new toga, or something worth perhaps three or four pounds, Sextus, that usurer, who, you all know, is an old acquaintance of mine, is immediately afraid lest I should ask a loan, and takes his measures accordingly; whispering to himself, but so that I may hear: "I owe Secundus seven thousand sesterces, Phoebus four, Philetus eleven; and there is not a farthing in my cash-box." It analyzes the epigrammatist's poems as literary creations, treating such topics as the structure of the individual poems and of the book as a whole, and the influence of earlier texts on Martial's language and themes. learn from Rome's sacred wolf to spare children. 3 She is a cunning shaver; a courtesan, who scrapes up money from the purses of young men. 3 Ovid, born at Sulmo, a town of the Peligni. He who kisses you, Philaenis, sins against nature. The land of Cadmus has provided you with coats dyed by the descendants of Agenor; for my scarlet vestments you would not get three sesterces. the portico of Europa, and praises you, Paulinus, and your Achillean swiftness of foot, without ceasing. You think I'm called elsewhere, so bid me come Why do I not kiss you, Philaenis? If you complain, that I sent you in the month of December a gift more suited to the summer, send me in return a light toga. Why do you maim your slave, Ponticus, by cutting out his tongue? This edition provides an English translation of and detailed commentary on the second book of epigrams published by the Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis. For myself, I take my seat amongst those who at once object to a contest so unequal" Indeed, Decianus, methinks you say what is just. This, whatever it amounts to, Gaul called by the name of the Roman gown 1 sends you from distant lands. Author. Why do I not Among the nations of Libya 1 your wife, Gallus, is unhappily renowned for the disgraceful reproach of immoderate avarice. Your kitchen's cool; that grotto I advise. 5 That is, the metre used by Sotades, who wrote, it would appear from this passage, verses that might be read either backwards or forwards; verses, perhaps, which Gramm. A mother, who desires to be a sister, is not satisfied with being either mother or sister. Jacobus Borovskij. 2 They are threadbare, Zoilus, I admit but they are my own. Do you offer me these, as though what you read were inferior to mine, so that, when placed side by side, my compositions should gain by the comparison? 1 Small tablets, on which love letters and other light matters were written. The past ten years have seen a resurgence of interest in Martial's writings. See Public Shows, Ep. What? Gallus, your wife is taxed for the vice None cheaper does herself both give and sell. advantages of a short book. Since your legs, Phoebus, resemble the horns of the moon, you might bathe your feet in a cornucopia. & Williams, Craig A. You will be free, if you give up dining out; if the Veientan grape assuages your thirst; if you can smile at the golden dishes of the querulous Cinna; if you can be content in a toga like mine; if a plebeian mistress becomes yours for a coupe of small coins; if you can submit to lower your head when you enter your house. Martial, Epigrams. Martial. We may exclaim: "Savage, faithless robber! The creditor's I deem the primal claim. 2 He pretends to be ill, that his friends may send him dainties. To dine with you. do they think it is a case of fever? A latchet of later than yesterday's make sits upon his crescent-adorned leg, a scarlet shoe decks his foot unhurt by its pressure, and numerous patches cover his forehead like stars. Press the couches; call for wine; crown yourself with roses; perfume yourself with odours: the god himself 2 bids you remember death. 2 Small river in Gallia Togata, where Martial was residing. Buy Now More Buying Choices 2 New from $105.56 9 Used from $29.97. Martialis: Epigrammata (Second Edition) Ed. See The great Latin epigrammist's twelve subsequent books capture the spirit of Roman life in vivid detail. I will not say, however closely you press me, who is the Postumus of my book. This new commentary carefully illuminates the allusions to people, places, things, and cultural practices of late first-century Rome that pervade Martial's poetry. Consider, too, whether you would choose a wand as a weapon against a retiarius. Nothing does Selius leave untried, nothing unattempted, whenever he sees that he must dine at home. Your skin I would have neither over-sleek nor neglected. It is not so. Epigrams of Martial, Englished with some other pieces, ancient and modern. The file will be sent to your Kindle account. Lyris wishes to be told what it is she is doing. ... 2 Criton was a male doctor of Martial's time; Hygeia the goddess of health and daughter of Aesculapius here represents female doctors generally. Zoilus is ill: his gorgeous bed is the cause of this fever. Book 9. If possible, download the file in its original format. c 13. Why, she sullies her mouth even when not intoxicated.2. Tongilius is reported to be consumed with a semi-tertian fever. Publication Date. It is still an act of great extravagance.1. modesty than this? B xii. well done! She gives you riches. Thus far this book is written entirely for you, chaste matron. These are they, or (if there are any among them that you do not know) better. 1 Verses in which the termination is formed by a repetition of the preceding syllable or syllables, as if given by an echo. By purchasing books through this website, you support our non-profit organization. A lion who had been accustomed to put up with the blows of his unsuspecting master, and quietly to suffer a hand to be inserted in his mouth, has unlearned his peaceful habits, his fierceness having suddenly returned, greater even than it ought to have been on the Libyan mountains. In what have I offended you, Apollo, and you nine Sisters? What am I to do, if the first book has more iv. You invite me then, and then only, Nasica, when you know I am engaged. how ready! But as to your abominable debauchery, tell me, from whom do you derive that? Martial epigrams Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. Elphinston. Video. Mainly from Bohn's Classical Library (1897) BOOK XI. Husband, you have disfigured the wretched gallant, and his countenance, deprived of nose and ears, regrets the loss of its original form. This text was transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich, UK, I come in the morning to pay my respects to you; I am told that you are gone already to pay your respects elsewhere: again we are equal. A person at table will begin to read you with his wine mixed, and finish you before the cup set before him begins to grow warm.1 Do you imagine that by such brevity you are secure from all objection? TO THE MODEST MATRON. Caesar, you who are the certain safety of the empire, the glory of the universe, from whose preservation we derive our belief in the existence of the gods; if my verses, so often read by you in my hastily composed books, have succeeded in fixing your attention, permit that to seem to be which fortune forbids to be in reality, namely, that I maybe regarded as the father of three children.1 This boon, if I have failed to please you, will be some consolation to me; if I have succeeded in pleasing you, will be some reward. Anon. Do I not show you sufficient indulgence by reading your epigrams? favour. 1 Shaven, i.e. And your white garments, which the land of Apulia produced from more than one flock, would clothe a whole tribe. "Excellent! for you-----for you, who have the face of a man swimming under water!1. from the banks of the Nile, or this, steeped in the perfumes of Sidon? Avoid the pantomimes of the amusing Philistion, and gay feasts, and whatever by its wit and mirth distends the lips with broad laughter. You had but a hundred thousand sesterces, Milichus, and those were consumed in ransoming Leda from the Via Sacra. The next, that the copier finishes it in one hour, and his services will not be confined only to my trifles.