DE SPECTACULIS - 1 THE NEW COLOSSEUM
Martial (M. Valerius Martialis) trans. A.S.Kline
Barbara pyramidum sileat miracula Memphis,
Assyrius iactet nec Babylona labor;
nec Triuiae templo molles laudentur Iones,
dissimulet Delon cornibus ara frequens
aere nec uacuo pendentia Mausolea
laudibus inmodicis Cares in astra ferant.
Omnis Caesareo cedit labor Amphitheatro,
unum pro cunctis fama loquetur opus.
Barbarian Memphis be mute re the pyramids’ wonders,
and you Assyrians stop bleating of Babylon;
no praise for tender Ionians, and Diana’s trivial temple,
and may Apollo’s many-horned altar bury Delos deep;
don’t let the Carians cry extravagant words to the sky
regarding the Mausoleum that hangs in vacuous air.
All efforts now give way to Caesar’s new amphitheatre,
Fame can speak of the one, and that can do for them all.

Trans. Copyright © A.S.Kline 2003


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