Tuesday, October 15, 2019

M/M: Money Can't Buy You Love: Martial Epig. XII.75

Festinat Polytimus ad puellas,
Invitus puerum fatetur Hypnus,...
Mollis Dindymus est, sed esse non vult;
Amphion potuit puella nasci.
Horum delicias superbiamque 
et fastus querulos, Avite, malo
quam dotis mihi quinquies ducena.

--Martial, Epig. XII.75

Polytimus chases after girls,
Hypnus only hesitantly admits he's into guys
Dindymus is gay, but doesn't want to be,
Amphion could have been born a girl.
But, Avitus, I'd rather date one of these guys,
and deal with all their drama, all their over-the-top complaints,
than marry a millionaire's snobby daughter.

Name: Marcus Valerius Martialis
Date:  40 CE – 104 CE
Works:  Epigrammaton Libri XV*
               De Spectaculis

REGION  2 (Hispania)
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

Originally from Bilbilis, Hispania, the poet Martial moved to Rome in the 60s CE to advance his career. His two extant works include de Spectaculis, a collection of poems written to commemorate the opening of the Colosseum, and a fifteen volume collection of epigrams. These epigrams provide valuable insight into the mores and private lives of men and women from all of the city’s social classes.     
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: after 410 CE