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Date de naissance: 1. mars 40 ap. J.-C.
Date de décès: 104
Autres noms:Marcus V. Martialis


Martial , né vers 40, au mois de mars, et mort vers 104 à Bilbilis, province de Saragosse, en Espagne, est un poète latin, connu pour ses Épigrammes, dans lesquelles il dépeint la société romaine de son temps.

Citations Martial

„Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure.“

—  Martial
X, 23. Alternatively translated as "The good man prolongs his life; to be able to enjoy one's past life is to live twice", in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "For he lives twice who can at once employ / The present well, and e'en the past enjoy", Alexander Pope, Imitation of Martial.

„The bee enclosed and through the amber shown
Seems buried in the juice which was his own.“

—  Martial
IV, 32, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb", Francis Bacon, Historia Vitæ et Mortis; Sylva Sylvarum, Cent. i. experiment 100.


„They [the hours] pass by, and are put to our account.“

—  Martial
V, 20, line 13; this phrase is often found as an inscription on sundials.

„Let a defect, which is possibly but small, appear undisguised.
A fault concealed is presumed to be great.“

—  Martial
Variant translation: Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst. III, 42.


„I do not love thee, Sabidius, nor can I say why; this only I can say, I do not love thee.“

—  Martial
I, 32, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "I do not love thee, Doctor Fell, / The reason why I cannot tell; / But this alone I know full well, / I do not love thee, Doctor Fell", Tom Brown, Laconics.

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