aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Martial, Epigrams 7.77

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exigis ut nostros donem tibi, Tucca, libellos.
   non faciam: nam vis vendere, non legere.

You demand that I give you my little books, Tucca. I shan’t, as you want to sell them, not read them.

As often with ancient jokes, the punchline is weaker than we would like it today. I think we’d prefer ‘You don’t want to read them – you want to sell them!’

Written by aleatorclassicus

April 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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