1  That is, grant us uninterrupted peace. They are clothed like young quinces which are deprived of their bloom, and become smooth by the touch of a maiden's thumb. Bohn's Classical Library (1897) Martial, Epigrams. The cruel destroyer should at least have been a quartan, so that he might have become his own doctor. Software. Main Martial's Epigrams Book Two. Gronovius supposes it to be the praetorian guard, which it was now the time for changing. Ed. There (at Bilbilis) the wet fishing nets scarcely drawn up from the depths full of fish, entangle the hares. Shall I frequently rise to applaud a poet who recites his verses? You expect me, Gallus, to be always at your service, and trudge up and down the Aventine mount three or four times a day. You are worthy and able to protect the whole body of citizens, and if occasion serves you will prove the truth of my words.1. You set a watch upon your husband, Polla: you refuse to have any set upon yourself! But every page of mine that shall be circulated there, written with a pen made from the reeds of the fish-abounding Tagus, will record the name of Macer. L. ON THE DEATH OF THE CHARIOTEER SCORPUS. All shall be seasoned with pleasantry free from bitterness; there shall be no licence of speech that brings repentance on the morrow, and nothing said that we should wish unsaid. That hour is for you the best when the god or wine reigns, when the rose holds its sway, and the hair is moistened with perfumes. He then quotes Martial's epigram labeled 10.1. With Sulpicia as fellow-student, or as an instructress, Sappho might have been more learned, and more chaste; and had cruel Phaon seen both at the same time, he would rather have fallen in love with Sulpicia. On the return of January you desert your old husband, Proculeia, and force him to consent to a separation of property. The Roman poet Martial (40-104 A.D.) was the author of 12 books of epigrams. Details. My bailiff's wife has brought me mallows, to aid digestion, and other treasures of the garden; among them are lettuces and leeks for slicing; nor is mint, the antidote to flatulence, or stimulant elecampane, wanting. Munificent gift! O Rome, I am Scorpus, the glory of your noisy circus, the object of your applause, your short-lived favourite. 1 The Aitia, a work of Callimachus the poet, no longer extant. IN EGYPT. But a pretty fellow, Cotta, is a petty fellow. Go, I pray you, and inhale the fervid rays of the sun at every pore. 2 Two o'clock in the afternoon. Why do you attempt to associate foxes with lions, and make owls pass for eagles? Here we must nourish our fields: there the fields nourish us. And when you return, you will be past recognition by your pale-faced friends, and the pallid crowd will envy the colour of your cheeks. Shall I tell you, TO When I asked for a loan of five thousand Epigrams 10.6 and 10.7, having been compared to other epigrams within the same book, are used to date the second edition sometime after the proclamation of the new emperor in 98 CE. Cotta, you would like to be seen as a pretty fellow 17 and as a big man, both. B. viii. Bohn's Classical Library While I am speaking, see, your fisherman returns with empty creel, and your huntsman comes home proud of having caught a badger; your every feast comes from the city market to the coast. The labour, which I bestowed upon this tenth book, being too hurried, made it necessary that the work, which had slipped from my hands, should be I feel inclined to exclaim, "It was not a fish, shameless fellow, it was a man, a veritable man, Calliodorus, that you ate.". I, Macer, shall go among the Celts and the fierce Iberians, with deep regret for the loss of your companionship. I am tossed about in the vortex of the city; and my life is wasted in laborious nothingness; meantime I cultivate some wretched acres of a suburban farm, and keep my homestead near your temple, O sacred Romulus. O Maternus, most scrupulous observer of law and equity, you who rule the Roman forum by your convincing eloquence, Polla, my queen, if you light upon any of my little books, do not regard my sportive sallies with knitted brow. Under this prince, Rome, if you are discreet, beware of speaking in the language used to his predecessors. To you, Marius, the admirer of a tranquil life, you who shared mine with me, you the glory of the ancient town of Atina, I commend these twin pines, the pride of a rustic grove, these holm oaks sacred to the Fauns, and these altars dedicated to the Thunderer and the shaggy Silvanus, erected by the unpractised hand of my bailiff; altars which the blood of a lamb or a kid has frequently stained. By his means you will escape the sluggish waves of ungrateful Lethe, and will survive in But take care lest, in a moment of indiscretion, you knock at the learned Pliny's door at an inauspicious time. TO (1897). TO THEOPOMPUS, A HANDSOME YOUTH,  Has any one the heart to defile a face such as this with the smut of a kitchen? You will read here some pieces which you have had before, but they are now repolished by the file; the new part will be the larger; but be In vain, my Muse, would you defraud Macer of his tribute at the Saturnalia; you cannot, he himself asks you for it. Let the hunter bring a hare, the farmer a kid, the fisherman a prey from the waters. This Juno, Polycletus, your happy workmanship and masterpiece, which would do honour to the hand of Phidias, displays such beauty, that, had she thus appeared on Mount Ida, the Judge would have felt no hesitation in preferring her to the other goddesses. 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