Friday, March 11, 2011

Martial, Epigram 3.75

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

Stare, Luperce, tibi iam pridem mentula desit, luctaris demens tu tamen arrigere.
(So long has your dick, Lupercus, wanted to poke out, that you, a lunatic, would still be pained to straighten it out;)

sed nihil erucae faciunt bulbique salaces improba nec prosunt iam satureia tibi.
(But sexually arousing spices and roots do nothing, and even now, the savory fails to be of any use to you;)

coepisti puras opibus corrumpere buccas:
(You have undertaken to break clean cheeks with money:)

sic quoque non vivit sollicitata Venus.
(Even so, desperate Love does not live long;)

mirari satis hoc quisquam vel credere possit, quod non stat, magno stare, Luperce, tibi?
(Might it be enough for someone to wonder at or believe this, that the thing that fails to stand erect costs so much for you, Lupercus?)