M. VALERI MARTIALIS EPIGRAMMATON (LIBER DE SPECTACVLIS) I
Marcus Valerius Martial [Martial]
Latin (Imperial Era)
Barbara pyramidum sileat miracula Memphis,
Assyrius iactet nec Babylona labor;
[The city of Memphis falls silent about the strange sites of the Pyramids,
and the great masterpieces of Assyria does not stir its boasting of Babylon;]
nec Triuiae templo molles laudentur Iones,
dissimulet Delon cornibus ara frequens
[and may the Triviae, with its temple, not bring praise for gentle Ionia, may its crowded altar not pretend to rival Delos,]
aere nec uacuo pendentia Mausolea 5
laudibus inmodicis Cares in astra ferant.
[and may the walls of the Mausoleum, with their spacious bronze, not carry the Carians to the heavens with ample praise.]
Omnis Caesareo cedit labor Amphitheatro,
unum pro cunctis fama loquetur opus.
[Every single work of architecture falls down in comparison to our Caesar's Amphitheater, and its fame will be declared a work of art above and beyond the rest.]