Sunday, September 8, 2019

W/W: A Poet's Longing: CIL IV.5296

Graffiti Found in Pompeii:

O utinam liceat collo complexa tenere
Braciola et teneris oscula ferre labellis
I nunc, ventis tua gaudia, pupula, crede
Crede mihi levis est natura virorum
Saepe ego cum media vigilarem perdita nocte
haec mecum meditans: multos Fortuna quos sustulit alte
hos modo proiectos subito praecipitesque premit. 

--CIL IV.5296

If only I could hold you in an embrace and kiss your tender lips! Go now, baby doll, entrust your happiness to the winds; trust me, the nature of men is fickle. For often when I am lying awake in the middle of the night, I am undone as I think to myself how Fortune dashes down those she had just recently lifted up.

Name:  ???
Date:  Prior to 79 CE
Works:  ???

Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans

 Little is known about the author of this poem, but her poem was preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. It was found etched into a wall in a house in Region IX of Pompeii.
Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE