Friday, March 11, 2011

Martial, Epigram 2.16

Marcus Valerius Martialis
1st-2nd c. AD (over 1,900 years ago)
Trans. RMBullard
Latin (Silver Age)

Zoilus aegrotat:
(Zoilus is sick:)

faciunt hanc stragula febrem.
(His bedsheets cause his fever;)

si fuerit sanus, coccina quid facient?
(If he were healthy, what could his scarlet robes do?)

quid torus a Nilo, quid Sidone tinctus olenti?
(What could a marriage bed from the Nile, one tinted with Tyrian oil, do?)

ostendit stultas quid nisi morbus opes?
(What does a sick man have to show for himself except his stupid treasures?)

quid tibi cum medicis?
(What the use of doctors for you?)

dimitte Machaonas omnes.
(Send away all your Machaons;)

vis fieri sanus?
(Do you want to get well?)

stragula sume mea.
(Take my own bed sheets.)