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Martial (M. Valerius Martialis) trans. A.S.Kline
Iunctam Pasiphaen Dictaeo credite tauro:
uidimus, accepit fabula prisca fidem.
Nec se miretur, Caesar, longaeua uetustas:
quidquid fama canit, praestat harena tibi.
Pasiphae really was mated to that Cretan bull:
believe it: we’ve seen it, the old story’s true.
old antiquity needn’t pride itself so, Caesar:
whatever legend sings, the arena offers you.

Trans. Copyright © A.S.Kline 2003


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