Martial 3.76: Arrigis ad vetulas

by Tom Gardner

Arrigis ad vetulas, fastidis, Basse, puellas,
nec formonsa tibi, sed moritura placet.
Hic, rogo, non furor est, non haec est mentula demens?
Cum possis Hecaben, non potes Andromachen!

You get hard-ons for elderly women, Bassus, but you disdain girls,
It isn’t the beautiful women that please you, but those about to die.
I ask: is this not madness, is this not a crazy cock?
Although you can do Hecuba, you can’t do Andromache!