Sunday, December 22, 2019

W/M: A Woman's Passion, Sulpicia Epist. I

Tandem venit amor, qualem texisse pudori
quam nudasse alicui sit mihi fama magis.
Exorata meis illum Cytherea Camenis
adtulit in nostrum deposuitque sinum.
Exsolvit promissa Venus: mea gaudia narret,
dicetur si quis non habuisse sua.
Non ego signatis quicquam mandare tabellis,
ne legat id nemo quam meus ante, velim,
sed peccasse iuvat, vultus conponere famae
taedet: cum digno digna fuisse ferar.

--Sulpicia Epist. 1

At last my love has come!

It is better for me to admit my feelings than to save my reputation.

Venus has listened to my poetry and has brought me the man of my dreams, and plopped him down right into my lap.

Venus makes good on her promises: let it be known that I am one of her success stories, if anyone claims that she doesn't take care of her own.

I don't want everyone to read this before he does (oops!).

It feels so good to have confessed my feelings (peccasse), but it hurts to keep a poker face in public: I hope people say that the two of us found a partner worthy of each other (cum digno digna).

Name:  Sulpicia
Date:  40 BCE - ?
Works:  Epistulae

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

 Sulpicia is one of the few Roman women poets whose works are still available today, and they were only preserved by chance. These six poems were originally preserved in a manuscript of the poet Tibullus; editors originally thought that Tibullus was pretending to write as a woman. Like her fellow male authors, Sulpicia used a pseudonym to address her lover, calling him “Cerinthus.”
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