Martial 8.23: Esse tibi videor

by Tom Gardner

Esse tibi videor saeuus nimiumque gulosus,
qui propter cenam, Rustice, caedo cocum.
Si levis ista tibi flagrorum causa uidetur,
ex qua uis causa vapulet ergo cocus?

You think me cruel, and not gluttonous enough,
Rusticus, because I beat my cook on account of dinner.
If that seems to you like a trivial reason for lashes,
for what cause, then, do you want a cook to be flogged?