Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Latin Lawyer Poem

Exercise from Latin class today: translate Martial. Some of his stuff is not suitable for human consumption, but this one is just snarky:

It's not a case of poison, rape, or slaughter.
You're my lawyer - argue like you oughter.
I'm suing him for stealing my three goats.
A thing you have not proved by endless quotes
From Livy on the Mithridatic war,
And Marius and Cannae and still more,
And cries of "Madness! Punic perfidy!"
And flecks of spit that everyone can see -
Now try and get my three goats back to me.

Non de vi neque caede nec veneno,
sed lis est mihi de tribus capellis:
vicini queror has abesse furto.
hoc iudex sibi postulat probari:
tu Cannas Mithridaticumque bellum
et periuria Punici furoris
et Sullas Mariosque Muciosque
magna voce sonas manuque tota.
iam dic, Postume, de tribus capellis.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

forkeatssake.blogspot.com is very informative. The article is very professionally written. I enjoy reading forkeatssake.blogspot.com every day.

xyzseira said...

Just like any other lawyers do, a Latin Lawyer gains the needed swiftness in attending your legal concerns on many issues. They cater a wide range of expert legal advices at your own convenience at the much expected time you need it the most.

Dallas said...

Great post and informative. Finding the right airplane accident attorneys is very important when you need to deal with a law situation.