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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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43
While joyous Baiae indulges you, Castricus
And the white nymph with sulphurous waters is swum  
The leisures of my Nomentan farm comfort me
And my small cottage is not burdensome with its acerage.
This for me is the Baian sun and the soft Lucrine lake
this for me are your riches, Castricus.
Once it was pleasing to rush wherever toward excellent waves
And not to be afraid of long journeys
Now the neighboring places of town  and easy retreats delight (me)
And it is enough, if it is allowed for me to be lazy.

XLIII meter: Elegiac Couplet

Dūm tĭ bĭ|fē lī|cēs īn|dūl gēnt,|Cās trĭ cĕ ,|Baī ǣ

            Cān ă quĕ|sūl phŭ rĕ|īs||nȳm phă nă|tā tŭr ă|quīs,

Mē Nō|mēn tā|nī cōn| fīr mānt| ō tĭ ă| rūrĭs

            ēt că să|iū gĕ rĭ|būs||nōn ŏ nĕ|rō să sŭ|īs.

Hōc mĭ hĭ|Baī ā|nī sō|lēs mōl|līs quĕ Lŭc|rī nŭs,

            Hōc mĭ hĭ|sūnt vēs|trǣ,||Cās trĭ cĕ,|dī vĭ tĭ|ǣ.

Quōn dām|laū dā|tās quō|cūm quĕ lĭ|bē băt ăd|ūn dās

            Cūr rĕ rĕ|nēc lōn|gās||pēr tĭ mŭ|īs sĕ vĭ|ās,

Nūnc ūr|bīs vī|cī nă iŭ|vānt fă cĭ|lēs quĕ rĕ|cēs sūs,

            ēt să tĭs|ēst, pīg|rō||sī lĭ cĕt|ēs sĕ mĭ|hĭ.


 
EPIGRAM VI.43

 

SUMMARY
Baiae was a favorite vacation spot of the Romans.  It was famous for its hot thermal springs and also for its lush vegetation.  Baiae was also home to a private estate owned by the emperor.  Domitian had a fish pond there with fish that would lick his hand (4.30).  Baiae had three main bath houses that could probably rival the bath houses discussed by Martial in 2.14, 3.87, and 6.42.( "Baiae." Encyclopædia Britannica Online)

Martial says that his estate at Nomentum is his own personal Baiae.  Martial also talks about his estate at Nomentum in poem 12.57.   Martial often praises the aspects of Roman rural life.  Martial seems to have enjoyed the simple things in life.  He preaches nothing in excess and moderation in all things.  Martial was quite fond of his small farm and counted it as one of his most prized possessions.  After all, Martial grew up in a small town in Spain called Bilbilis.  Martial enjoys the lazy farm life. (Bellinger)

"Baiae." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 06 Apr. 2009
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http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/49159/Baiae>.

Bellinger, A.R. “Martial, the Suburbanite” The Classical Journal, Vol. 23, No. 6 (Mar., 1928), pp. 425-435.
Published by: The Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Inc.



 
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