as Martial) (March 1, between 38 and 41 AD – between 102 and 104 AD), was a Latin poet from Hispania
(the Iberian Peninsula
) best known for his twelve books of Epigram
s, published in Rome
between AD 86 and 103, during the reigns of the emperors
. In these short, witty poems he cheerfully satirises
city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances, and romanticises his provincial upbringing.
Lasciva est nobis pagina, vita proba.
Sera nimis vita est crastina: vive hodie.
Stop abusing my verses, or publish some of your own.
You complain, friend Swift, of the length of my epigrams, but you yourself write nothing. Yours are shorter.
I do not love thee, Sabidius, nor can I say why; this only I can say, I do not love thee.
Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
The bee enclosed and through the amber shownSeems buried in the juice which was his own.
You ask what a nice girl will do? She won't give an inch, but she won't say no.
Nullos esse deos, inane caelum Adfirmat Segius: probatque, quod se Factum, dum negat haec, videt beatum.