Sunday, May 8, 2011

Martial, Epigram 1.6

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

Aetherias aquila puerum portante per auras
     inlaesum timidis unguibus haesit onus:
[An eagle once clung to a boy, a burden unharmed by its fearful claws, carrying him through the airs of the deep sky:]

nunc sua Caesareos exorat praeda leones
[And now the prey begs for mercy from Caesar's lions]

     tutus et ingenti ludit in ore lepus.
[and a hare plays, safe and sound, in its huge mouth.]

Quae maiora putas miracula?
[Are there any greater wonders that you can imagine?]

 summus utrisque              5
     auctor adest:
[Our greatest founder is present for both instances:]

 haec sunt Caesaris, illa Iouis.
[the first is act of Caesar, the other an act of Jove.]