Friday, March 11, 2011

Martial, Epigram 3.12

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

Unguentum, fateor, bonum dedisti convivis here, sed nihil scidisti.
(I confess, you have given good oil to your guests yesterday, but you didn't get the picture at all;)

res salsa est bene olere et esurire.
(It's quite a charming thing to oil up AND starve;)

qui non cenat et unquitur, Fabulle, hic vere mihi mortuus videtur.
(The man who is oiled and doesn't eat, Fabullus: he seems truly dead to me.)