Marcus Valerius Martialis
1st-2nd c. AD (over 1,900 years ago)
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
[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.]