Friday, May 27, 2011

Martial, Spectacular Sights 12

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


Inter Caesareae discrimina saeua Dianae
     fixisset grauidam cum leuis hasta suem,
[Between the savage boundaries of Caesarea, the light-weight spear of Diana had already stuck a heavy sow,]

exiluit partus miserae de uulnere matris.
[and the offspring spilled out from the wound of its doomed mother.]

     O Lucina ferox, hoc peperisse fuit?
[O cruel Lucina, what was the point of this delivery?]

Pluribus illa mori uoluisset saucia telis,               5
[Wounded, she had began to die from even more spears,]

     omnibus ut natis triste pateret iter.
[so that she could tread her sad journey in accompaniment with all her childrens.]

Quis negat esse satum materno funere Bacchum?
[Who can deny that Bacchus was born at the very point of his mother's death?]

     sic genitum numen credite:
[so, believe in the divine power of procreation:] 

 nata fera est.
[Birth is a wild animal.]