Thursday, March 17, 2011

Martial, Epigram 6.77

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

Cinnam Cinname te iubes vocari.
[So, Cinnamon, you command me to call you Cinna.]

non est hic, rogo, Cinna, barbarismus?
[So, Cinna, isn't this the most unsophisticated thing imaginable?]

tu si Furius ante dictus esses, fur ista ratione dicereris.
[If you were called Furius before, by this stupid logic of yours, you could be called "Thief".]