Martial [Marcus Valerius Martialis]

Gideon Nisbet (ed.), Oxford World's Classics: Martial: Epigrams

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  • Quod te mane domi toto non uidimus anno,
  •    uis dicam quantum, Postume, perdiderim?
  • tricenos, puto, bis, uicenos ter, puto, nummos.
  •    ignosces: togulam, Postume, pluris emo.



I haven't caught you at home of a morning all year, Postumus.* Do you want to know how much it has cost me? Sixty, I guess, or maybe thirty. Sorry, Postumus, but I pay more than that for my stupid toga.

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Editor’s Note
4.26 all year, Postumus: the addressee has stopped rewarding Martial's service as a client with the expected gifts and invitations, but he was so mean to begin with that the loss is not great—Martial was already running at a deficit, merely by incurring the expense of having his toga cleaned so he could visit and pay his respects. Martial returns to Postumus' failure as a patron in 4.40.
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