Friday, May 27, 2011

Martial, Epigram 1.7

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


Stellae delicium mei columba,
Verona licet audiente dicam,
[The dove, the pet of my favorite Stella,]

uicit, Maxime, passerem Catulli.
[beats Catullus' sparrow, o Maximus.]

Tanto Stella meus tuo Catullo
quanto passere maior est columba.              
[However much greater my favorite Stella is than Catullus, is the very same amount the dove is greater than the sparrow.]