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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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LIX.

Bacarra both grieves and complains that the cold does not touch him

On account of (his) 600 cloaks,

He wishes for overcast skies and winds and snow,

And he hates winter days, if they are warm.

What evil did our cloaks do to you, cruel one, that

A light breeze is able to blow them off our shoulders?

The more honest, the more humane thing is

to put on cloaks even in August.

LIX meter: Elegiac Couplet

Quōd tĭ bĭ|crū ră rĭ|gēnt sǣ|tīs ēt|pēc tŏ ră|vīl līs,
     vēr bă pŭ|tās fā|mǣ |tē, Chă rĭ|dē mĕ, dă|rĕ.
ēx tīr|pā, mĭ hĭ|crē dĕ, pĭ|lōs dē|cōr pŏ rĕ |tō tō
     tē quĕ pĭ|lā rĕ tŭ|ās||tēs tĭ fĭ|cā rĕ nă|tīs.
"Quǣ ră tĭ|ō ͜e̸st?" īn|quīs. Scīs|mūl tōs|dī cĕ rĕ|mūl tă:              
     fāc pē|dī cā|rī||tē, Chă rĭ|dē mĕ, pŭ|tēnt.


 
EPIGRAM VI.59

 

SUMMARY
This epigram displays the behavoir of a man named Baccara. The first two lines show that instead of detesting the cold, like most would, he is actually upset at the fact that the winter isn’t present and therfore he can’t wear his cloaks. This imples that he uses every chance he gets to show off his wealth and Martial wittily remarks that he should just wear them at a time when it is completely inappropriate since Baccara is so bent on showing off. This would allow for Baccara to quit complaining. 

 

C. McGee


 
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