Header image  
EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
line decor
  
line decor


 
Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
  • LATIN
  • ENGLISH
  • METRICS

12

Fabulla swears that the hair, which she buys, is hers:

Does she commit perjury at all, Paulus?

XII meter: Choliambic

Iū rāt| că pīl|lōs ēs|sĕ, quōs| ĕ mīt,| sū ōs
Fă būl| lă: nūm| quīd, Paū| lĕ peī|ē răt?

 

 
EPIGRAM VI.12

 

SUMMARY
This epigram addresses the issue of  theft and ownership. It is a sarcastic squib which echoes 2.20, in which Paulus calls poems his own only because he bought them. In 6.12, Fabulla claims that her hair is her own, although she actually bought it. Martial addresses Paulus in this epigram too, connecting it to 2.20 even further. The sarcastic tone in this epigram coupled with its brevity make it a biting remark against Fabulla. This poem contrasts the image of a Roman woman with beautiful hair with the idea that she actually purchased her hair, making it a lesser image. This is disgraceful because, one some level, it is Fabulla's hair, although this level is not the most honorable. Fabulla is not capable of executing her deception as Martial calls her out for claiming her hair is her own. (Fitzgerald)

Fitzgerald, William. Martial: The World of the Epigram. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.


K. Renner


 
GLOSSARY/PARSING (LATIN)

 

COMMENTARY (ENGLISH)