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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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22

Because you are marrying your concubine, Proculina,
And, now you do a married man, recently an adulterer,
So that the Lex Iulia is not able to brand you with infamy.
You are not marrying, Proculina, but you are confessing.

XXII meter: Hendecasyllabic

Quōd nū|bīs Prŏcŭ|līnă|cōncŭ|bīnē
Ēt moē|chūm mŏdŏ| nūnc fă|cīs măr|ītūm
Nē lēx|Iūlĭă|tē nŏ|tārĕ|pōsīt
Nōn nū|bīs Prŏcŭ|līnă|sēd fă|tērīs.


 
EPIGRAM VI.22

 

SUMMARY
This is one of 3 poems in Book VI satirizing the effects of the lex Iulia, the other two being 6.7 and 6.45. The law, which was originally passed by Augustus in 18 BC, was reinstated by Domitian in 89-90 AD (Watson, 2003). It made adultery illegal and punishable by law. In the case of Proculina, she marries the man whom she was having an affair with. Martial believes that by marrying him she is exposing herself as an adulterer. In another case he mocks Telesilla, who merely marries every man she has sex with in order to remain within the law (Martial, Ep. 6.7). For some women, the lex Iulia merely provided a way in which they could adulterate legally.

Watson, Lindsay & Patricia. Martial Select Epigrams.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

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D. Droggitis


 
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