Friday, March 11, 2011

Martial, Epigram 8.54

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

Formosissima quae fuere vel sunt, sed vilissima quae fuere vel sunt, o quam te fieri, Catulla, vellem formosam minus aut magis pudicam !
(The most beautiful things that have been and still are, they turn out to be the vilest things that have been and still are: o how I wished for you, Catulla, to be a less beautiful and more chaste girl!)