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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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You sleep in the Theater of Pompey, Laevinus:

And will you complain, if Oceanus wakes you up?

IX meter: Elegiac Couplet

Īn Pōm|pē iā|nō dōr|mīs, Lǣ| nĕ, thĕ|ā trō:

  ēt quĕrĕ|rīs, sī| tē|| sūs tăt| Ō ă|nūs?

 


 
EPIGRAM VI.9

 

SUMMARY
This epigram focuses on Laevinus, who sleeps in the Theater of Pompey, implying that he has no where else to sleep. The tone in this epigram is critical of him, as Martial employs the idea that beggars can't be choosers. Martial implies that Laevinus should be grateful to have anywhere to sleep and shouldn't complain if Oceanus, the Titan river god, wakes him up in the morning. Oceanus was seen as the father of rivers and streams, and was thought to have been the one who directed large bodies of water. The Theater of Pompey was located near the Tiber River in the Circus Flaminius, which explains the reference to Oceanus (Mendell).


Hill, Dorothy Kent. "The Temple Above Pompey's Theater." The Classical Journal, Vol. 39, No. 6 (Mar., 1944), pp. 360-365

Mendell, Clarence W. "Martial and the Satiric Epigram".
Classical Philology, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Jan., 1922), pp. 1-20

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