Sunday, November 3, 2019

M/M: I DO: The Wedding of Callistratus and Afer, Martial, Epig. 12.42

Barbatus rigido nupsit Callistratus Afro,
Hac qua lege viro nubere virgo solet.
Praeluxere faces, velarunt flammea vultus,
Nec tua defuerut verba, Talasse, tibi.
Dos etiam dicta est. Nondum tibi, Roma, videtur
Hoc satis? Expectas numquid ut et pariat?

--Martial, Epigr.12.42

Hairy Callistratus married uptight Afer
using the same customs that a lady marries a man.
Yes, there was a bridal bouquet,
yes the bride wore a veil,
yes, there was even an "I Do."
There was even a dowry exchange.
Rome, isn't that enough for you?
What are you waiting for, Callistratus to give birth?

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 and Late Latin: after 410 CE