Marcus Valerius Martialis

Marcus Valerius Martialis
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (10/19/2018 7:58:00 AM)

    Martial [Marcus Valerius Martialis (38/41? AD – 102/104? AD) was a Roman poet from Spain, considered the creator of the modern epigram. He wrote a total of 1,561 epigrams, of which 1,235 are in elegiac couplets, in twelve books published between AD 86 and 103. In them he cheerfully satirises city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances, and romanticises his provincial upbringing.

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Most charming Martialis:
These things will give you solace:
Wealth that’s unmerited
Since it’s inherited;
Land yielding fair returns,
A fire that always burns;
A lack of legal woes
Or need for formal clothes;
Peace and tranquility,
Well-honed nobility;
Good health, an earnest way
Free of naivete;
Good friends with homes to share,
A table’s hearty fare;
A night’s sobriety
Without anxiety,
A bed not too austere,
Sound sleep to still your fear
And self-awareness
Free of insecurity.
Don’t race to death’s release
But face that day with ...

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