Translation:Catullus 53

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Catullus 53
by Catullus, translated from Latin by Wikisource
"A humourous tribute to Licinius Calvus, whose speech prosecuting Vatinius for bribery became a textbook example of its kind" (Garrison, 2004). Hendecasyllabics.
Literal English Translation Original Latin Line

Recently I laughed at I don't know who from the mob,
who, after my Calvus had wonderfully
laid out the crimes of Vatinius,
admiring this and raising (his) hands, said,
"Great gods, eloquent mannikin!"

Rīsī nesciŏ quem modo ē corōnā,
quī, cum mīrificē Vatīniāna
meus crīmina Calvos explicāsset,
admīrāns ait haec manūsque tollēns,
"Dī magnī, salapūtium disertum!"

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