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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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LXII

Salanus the father lost his only son

Oppianus, do you delay to send gifts?

Alas! Cruel unspeakable thing and evil Fates!

Of which vulture will this corpse be?

XLII meter: Hendecasyllabic

Ā mī|sīt pă tĕr|ū nĭ|cūm Să|lā nŭs
cēs sās|mū nĕ ră|mīt tĕ|re̸, ͜Ōp pĭ|ā nĕ?
He ū crū|dē lĕ nĕ|fās mă|lǣ quĕ| Pār cǣ!
C ū iūs|vūl tŭ rĭs|hōc ĕr|īt că|dā vĕr?


 
EPIGRAM VI.62

 

SUMMARY
There are three people in this epigram. The father Salanus, the son who has died and of which a vulture gets to devour, and Oppianus. The poem has a serious tone, however the first two lines question if Oppianus has sent gifts while the second two lament fate and death. The first two lines also focus on the here and now and the worries of societal customs while the third line gives way to a more helpless and pessimistic view leading to the fourth line which is offensive. The shift from the worth of the body as a boy and son to an object which vultures prey on is significant.

 

C. McGee


 
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