Friday, March 11, 2011

Martial, Epigram 3.76

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

Arrigis ad vetulas, fastidis, Basse, puellas, nec formosa tibi sed moritura placet.
(You direct yourself to little old women, Bassus, you annoy young girls, nor does a beautiful one please you: only one about to kick the bucket;)

hic, rogo, non furor est, non haec est mentula demens?
(This is not madness, I ask, this dick of yours is not crazy?)

cum possis Hecaben, non potes Andromachen!
(While you can fuck a Hecuba, you could not an Andromache!)