Martial [Marcus Valerius Martialis]

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

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  • Hic festinata requiescit Erotion umbra,
  •    crimine quam fati sexta peremit hiems.
  • quisquis eris nostri post me regnator agelli,
  •    manibus exiguis annus iusta dato:
  • sic lare perpetuo, sic turba sospite solus
  •    flebilis in terra sit lapis iste tua.



Here rests Erotion,* too soon a shade, murdered by Fate: her sixth winter ended her. Whoever you may be, you who are lord and master of my little farm once I am gone, please make offerings each year to her tiny ghost; and if you do, may your home endure and your household be safe. May this stone be the only place on your land where tears are shed.

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Editor’s Note
10.61 Here rests Erotion: Erotion's death was the subject of 5.34 and 37.
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