Friday, April 15, 2011

Catullus, Poem 33

Gaius Valerius Catullus
84-54 BCE (over 2,000 years ago)
Trans RMBullard
Latin (Golden Age/Republican Era)

O FVRVM optime balneariorum
Vibenni pater
[O, you most distinguished of bathhouse thieves, and father of Vibennius,]

et cinaede fili
[and perverse fucker of lads]

(nam dextra pater inquinatiore,
culo filius est uoraciore),
[you see, the father has a more disgusting right hand, but the son is hungrier when it comes to his asshole,]

cur non exilium malasque in oras
[why don't exile yourself, or leave to some evil shores?]

quandoquidem patris rapinae
notae sunt populo,
[even though kidnapping is commonly experienced by people from our nation, ]

 et natis pilosas,
fili, non potes asse uenditare.
[you could not even ransom off the hair ass cheeks of your son for a dime!]