Monday, May 9, 2011

Catullus, Poem 41

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

 AMEANA puella defututa
tota milia me decem poposcit,
[Ameana, a girl whose been fucked from sun up to sun down, demands that I pay her a total sum of 10,000 coin]

ista turpiculo puella naso,
[this is the kind of girl you get, when she has a fucked-up nose,]

decoctoris amica Formiani.
[the girlfriend of flaked-out Formian.]

propinqui, quibus est puella curae,
amicos medicosque conuocate:
[You familiars of hers, who care about the girl, call her friends, and doctors too, together:]

non est sana puella,
[the girl's not sane,]

 nec rogare
qualis sit solet aes imaginosum.
[not when she's taken the habit of asking for imaginary sums of money.]