Non Omnia Possumus Omnes: Martial 2.86.8

Tonight’s note is half-textual, half-exegetical, on Martial. The PDF is here.

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One Response to Non Omnia Possumus Omnes: Martial 2.86.8

  1. Toph Marshall says:

    The prologues of Terence’s Hecyra give us funambulus as a tightrope walker (and Suetonius’ Galba has a tightrope walking elephant). I’d want petaurista to be a different kind of feat.

    Also, it’s not clear if the wonder of ancient tightrope walkers involved death-defying heights or not. Juvenal 14.266 has descendere to get off the rope, but it’s not clear to me how high they were, or if they were simply of the ground a few feet.

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