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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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Marcellinus, pure offspring of a good parent,
Whom the bristly bear covers with Arcadian yoke,
What that old and fatherly friend wishes for you,
Accept and keep these wishes in your mindful heart:
That your courage be cautious, that rash impatience
Not bear you into the middle of swords and raging spears.
Let those lacking reason wish for Wars and cruel Mars,
You are able to be a soldier both for your father and and for your general.

XXV Meter: Elegiac Couplet

Mārcēl|līnĕ bŏ|nī sŭbŏl|ēs sīn|cēră păr|ēntĭs
      Hōrrĭdă|Pārrhăsĭ|ō||quēmtĕgĭt |ūrsă iŭ|gō
Īllĕ vĕ|tūs prō|tē pătrĭ|ūs quĕ quĭd|ōptĕt ă|mīcŭs
      Āccĭpe ĕt|haēc mĕmŏr|ī||pēctŏrĕ|vōtă tĕ|nē
Caūtă sĭt|ūt vīr|tūs nēc|tē tĕmĕ|rārĭŭs|ārdŏr
      Īn mĕdĭ|ōs ēn|sēs||saēvăquĕ|tēlă fĕr|āt
Bēllă vĕl|īnt Mār|tēmquĕ fĕr|ūm rătĭ|ōnĭs ĕ|gēntēs
     Tū pŏtĕs|ēt pāt|rīs||mīlĕs ĕt|ēssĕ dŭ|cīs.


 
EPIGRAM VI.25

 

SUMMARY
This poem is addressed to Marcellinus, an apparent son of a friend of Martial’s (Bridge and Lake, 1908), possibly Faustinus, as epigram VII.80 may indicate. Also indicated in VII.80 is that Marcellinus was at stationed fighting against the Sarmatians, a people who were part of the Scythian empire (Pliny the Elder, Natural Histories 4.12.79-81). Here Martial wishes Marcellinus well, hoping that he avoids danger and does not see battle. This poem seems very endearing, an aspect that is not common amongst Martial’s epigrams, which usually poke fun at certain figures. In this case, Martial seems very sincere in hoping that Marcellinus fares safely.

  Bridge, R. T. and Lake, E. D. C. Select Epigrams of Martial. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.


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