Roman poet

Lygdamus (probably a pseudonym) was a Roman poet who wrote love poems in Classical Latin. Six of his elegies, addressed to a girl named Neaera, are preserved in the Appendix Tibulliana alongside the apocryphal works of Tibullus.

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  • Carmine formosae, pretio capiuntur avarae:
      gaudeat, ut digna est, versibus ilia novis.
    • Poetry is the lure for the beautiful, gold for the greedy: so let there be new verses to gladden her [Neaera] as she deserves.
      • I, 7 (tr. F. W. Cornish)
  • A crudele genus nec fidum femina nomen!
      a pereat, didicit fallere si qua virum.
    • O cruel sex! Woman a treacherous race! Away with her who has learned to play her husband false!
      • IV, 61 (tr. F. W. Cornish)
  • Nescis quid sit amor, iuvenis, si ferre recusas
      immitem dominam coniugiumque ferum.
    • Young sir, thou knowest not what is love if thou dost shrink to bear with a cruel mistress and ungentle wife.
      • IV, 73 (tr. F. W. Cornish)
  • Ei mihi, difficile est imitari gaudia falsa,
      difficile est tristi fingere mente iocum.
    • Ah me! mock joys are hard to make; 'tis hard to feign merriment when the heart is sad.
      • VI, 33 (tr. F. W. Cornish)

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