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EPIGRAMMATA VI
 
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Wordle: Martial VI 
 

 
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84

Healthy Phillip is conveyed in the litter carried by eight bearers, Avitus.

    If you believe this man is healthy, Avitus, you are mad.

LXXXIV meter: Elegiac Couplet

Ōc tă phŏ|rō sān|ūs pōr|tā tŭr, Ă|vī tĕ, Phĭ|līp pŭs.

    Hūnc tū|sī sān|ūm ||crē dĭs, Ă|vī tĕ, fŭ|rĭs.


 
EPIGRAM VI.84

 

SUMMARY
In this poem, Martial is commenting on how Philippus is being carried around in a litter. Litters were basically portable beds that were carried by slaves. At first, they were seen as symbols of decadence, but the Romans got over this quickly. (Harris) Most of the upper class citizens used litters as a mode of transportation.

Avitus, one of Martial’s patrons, is watching Philippus being carried around by eight slaves.(Bridge) Martial calls him “sanus”, meaning healthy or sane. He is making fun of Philippus, implying he is healthy enough to walk and does not need eight slaves to carry him. If Avitus thinks this is sane, he is just as crazy as Philippus.


Bridge, Reginald Turle. Select Epigrams of Martial. London: Clarendon Press, 1908.

Harris, George. Domestic Everyday Life, Manners, and Customs in the Ancient World. Vol. 3. Royal Historical Society, 1874.

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S. Elliott-Traficante


 
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