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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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51

That you have dined without me so often, Lupercus,
    I have found out, for which reason I may harm you.
I am angry; although you continuously call and send and beg-
    ‘what will you do?’ you ask.  What will I do? I will come.

LI Meter: Elegiac Couplet

Quōd cōn|vī vā|rīs sĭ nĕ|mē tām|sāe pĕ, Lŭ|pēr cĕē,
      Īn vē|nī, nŏ cĕ|ām||quā ră tĭ|ō nĕ tĭ|bĭ.
Ī rās|cōr: lĭ cĕt|ūs quĕ vŏ|cēs mīt|tās quĕ rŏ|gēs quĕ –  
      'Quīd fă cĭ|ēs?' īn|quīs.||Quīd fă cĭ|ām? vĕ nĭ|ăm.


 
EPIGRAM VI.51

 

SUMMARY
The Roman meal was very important for social purposes.  Lupercus is mentioned in this poem, a very important figure to the Romans. 

The Roman god of agriculture and shepherds, also an epithet of Faunus. The Luperci sacrificed two goats and a dog on the festival of the Lupercalia, celebrated on February 15. This took place in the Lupercal, a cave were, according to tradition, the twins Romulus and Remus were reared by a wolf. This cave is located at the base of the Palatin Hill. Goats were used since Lupercus was a god of shepherds, and the dog as protector of the flock. ("Lupercus." Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online. <http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lupercus.html>)

Lupercus is the God of agriculture and shepherds and he seems to have been the guest at the dinner table of this Roman mentioned in the poem.  The person mentioned in the poem has become very angry with Lupercus and has finally found reason to hurt him.  For her anger she asks what she will do, and she replies to her own question saying that she will come. 

A god being references in the poem, especially being reference in a negative manner is odd.  

C. McLean


 
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