Wednesday, November 13, 2019

What's Your Type?: Martial, Epig. VI.54

Tantos et tantas si dicere Sextilianum,
Aule, vetes, iunget vix tria verba miser.
"Quid sibi vult?" inquis. Dicam quid suspicer esse:
tantos et tantas Sextilianus amat.

--Martial, Epig. VI.54

Aulus, if you forbid Sextilianus to talk about "so many men and women," the poor man won't be able to string three words together. You ask, "What's his type?"  Well, I'll tell you what I suspect: that Sextilianus likes "so many men and women."

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