Sunday, May 1, 2011

Martial, Spectacular Sights 5

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

 Iunctam Pasiphaen Dictaeo credite tauro:
[Believe that Pasiphae, the girl of Dicte, was tied to a bull:]

     uidimus, accepit fabula prisca fidem.
[we can see it: the old story gains your trust.]

Nec se miretur, Caesar, longaeua uetustas:
[Nor, Caesar, can long-lived old age wonder upon it:]

     quidquid fama canit, praestat harena tibi.
[whatever famous stories sing, now stands in the arena before you.]