Friday, February 24, 2012

Nil in te scripsi...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 12.78. Here Martial makes a witty little threat. Bithynicus has accused Martial of writing against him; Martial denies it and Bithynicus refuses to believe him, so Martial declares that he is now willing to satisfy Bithynicus: he did not write anything negative before, but now he will!

Nil in te scripsi, Bithynice: credere non vis
Et iurare iubes? Malo satis facere.

Here is the vocabulary:

nil - nothing
in - in, into, against
tu - you
scribo - write
Bithynicus - Bithynicus
credo - believe
non - not, no
volo - want, wish, will
et - and
iuro - swear
iubeo - command, order
malo - prefer, would rather
satis - enough, sufficiently
facio - do, make
satis factio - to give satisfaction, satisfy