Martial [Marcus Valerius Martialis]

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

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  • Censor maxime principumque princeps,
  • cum tot iam tibi debeat triumphos,
  • tot nascentia templa, tot renata,
  • tot spectacula, tot deos, tot urbes,
  • plus debet tibi Roma quod pudica est.



Censor-in-Chief, Lord of Lords: Rome has you to thank for countless triumphs; countless temples newly founded or refounded; countless games, gods, cities—but most of all because her morals are clean.

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