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Wordle: Martial VI 



Greatest censor, leader of leaders,

Although Rome owes you now for so many triumphs,

For so many temples springing forth, for so many reborn,

for so many spectacles, so many gods, so many cities:

Rome owes more to you, that she is virtuous.

IV meter: Hendecasyllabic

Cēn sōr| mā xĭ mĕ| prīn cĭ|pūm quĕ| prīn cēps,

Cūm tōt| iām tĭ bĭ| dē bĕ|āt trĭ|ūm phōs,

Tōt nās|cēn tĭă| tēm plă,| tōt rĕ|nā tă,  

Tōt spēc|tā cŭ lă,| tōt dĕ|ōs, tŏt| ūr bēs:

Plūs dē|bēt t ĭbĭ| Rō mă,| quōd pŭ|dī cā͜ e̸st.




The pattern between 6.3 and 6.4 mirrors the pattern between 6.1 and 6.2. In both 6.1 and 6.3, Martial introduces a subject of praise (in 6.1, this is his dedicatee Julius Martialis, and in 6.3, this is Domitian's son), however, in the next epigram he immediately moves on to the subject of the lex Iulia, as he did in 6.2. This epigram addresses the other things Domitian accomplished to help Rome besides his moral dictates (Robathan). Martial lists the physical transformations that have overcome Rome, such as temples, spectacles, gods, and cities, both new and reborn. However, he states the virtue and morality Domitian gave to Rome far surpass all of his other triumphs as emperor. Domitian accomplished an enormous amount of building projects for Rome, so to say that his additions to Roman virtue are greater is quite a statement (Wallace-Hadrill).

Robathan, Dorothy M., "Domitian's 'Midas Touch.'"
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, Vol. 73 (1942), pp. 130-144.

Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew. "The Emperor and his Virtues".
Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Vol. 30, No. 3 (3rd Qtr., 1981), pp. 298-323


K. Renner