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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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XLI

 
Qui recitat lana fauces et colla revinctus,

             Hic se posse loqui, posse tacere negat.

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He who recites having been bound around the throat and neck by wool,

    This man denies that he is able to speak, denies that he is able to be silent.

XLI meter: Elegiac Couplet

Quī rĕ cĭ|tāt lā|nā faū|cēs ēt| cōl lă rĕ|vīnc tŭs,

      Hīc sē |pōs sĕ lŏ|quī,|| pōs sĕ tă|cē rĕ nĕ|găt.


 
EPIGRAM VI.41

 

SUMMARY
This poem seems to center on a man who gives recitations.  He has a sore throat and must wear wool around his neck.  With the current condition, he is not able to speak.  He is in this current condition because he loves to speak. 

This poem is not particularly offensive or descriptive.  Sometimes when Martial speaks of people who recite it is to make fun of them or give the idea that they are not good speakers.  With this particular man, Martial is only being ironic in saying that this man’s love for speaking has made it impossible for him to do so.  The meaning could also be construed that in denying that he is able to speak, he is doing so. (Martial, Rolfe Humphries, and Smith Palmer Bovie. Selected Epigrams. Indiana University Greek and Latin classics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963.)

Martial, Rolfe Humphries, and Smith Palmer Bovie. Selected Epigrams. Indiana University Greek and Latin classics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963.

E. Craig


 
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