Saturnalia Game: Roman Poets (Denarii Awarded)

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Saturnalia Game: Roman Poets (Denarii Awarded)

Postby Gaia Cassia Longina » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:52 pm

Salvete omnes!

I would like to open a little game for Saturnalia! As Catullus once wrote, Saturnalia is the best of days - and he was right! Saturnalia is a joyous holiday and what could be more fun than reading a few poems by your favorite poet?
One of my favorites is Catullus and one of his most famous poems, of course, is about Lesbia's "sparrow:"
Passer, deliciae meae puellae, quicum ludere, quem in sinu tenere,
cui primum digitum dare appetenti
et acris solet incitare morsus,
cum desiderio meo nitenti
carum nescio quid lubet iocari,
et solaciolum sui doloris,
credo, ut tum gravis acquiescat ardor:
tecum ludere sicut ipsa possem
et tristis animi levare curas!

So, to open this game, I have posted my own work about this poem.
Catullus .jpg
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Every submission will receive 10-20 denarii. My sister, Secunda Cassia Longina (who is not a citizen yet, but hopefully soon) and M Cassius Aquilinus will be my co-judges.

Io Saturnalia and the best wishes for the coming year!
C Cassia Longina
-Magistra Maxima-
Gaia Cassia Longina

Re: Saturnalia Game: Roman Poets (Denarii Awarded)

Postby Lucius Aurelius Curio » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:19 am

Salvete Omnes!

Io Saturnalia to one and all! I would like to take this opportunity to share two poems by one of my favorite Roman poets, M. Valerius Martialis (38 CE - 104 CE). Now, while his poetry can be a bit, let's say vulgar, I think to share them now of all times is in the best of tastes.

Book X: 29
My Gifts

That dish you’d send to me on Saturn’s day,
you send to your mistress now, Sextilianus:
that green outfit you gave her on the Kalends,
those called after Mars, that my toga’s paid for.
Your girls begin to cost you nothing now:
Sextilianus, you’re fucking with my gifts.
-Marcus Valerius Martialis

Book XI: 3
Now, a patron would be nice!

Not only idle Rome rejoices in my Muse,
my fragments don’t just fall on empty ears,
no, my book’s thumbed by rigid Centurions
stuck to their Martial standards in Getic frost,
and they even say the Britons recite my verse.
What’s the good? My purse would never know it.
And yet, what excellent pages I could scribble,
what battles my Pierian trumpet could blow,
if while re-incarnating Augustus here on earth,
the kind gods had sent Rome a Maecenas, too!
-Marcus Valerius Martialis

Hope you enjoyed his works as much as I do!

Valete Bene!

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Re: Saturnalia Game: Roman Poets (Denarii Awarded)

Postby Gaia Cassia Longina » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:31 pm

I love Martial! Thank you for sharing, Curio!
Gaia Cassia Longina

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