Epigram 419 by Marcus Argentarius

Hetero-sex is best for the man of a serious turn of mind,
But here’s a hint, if you should fancy the other:
Turn Menophila round in bed, address her peachy behind.
And it’s easy to pretend you’re screwing her brother.

From: Jay, Peter (ed.), The Greek Anthology and Other Ancient Greek Epigrams: A Selection in Modern Verse Translations, 1973, Allen Lane: London, p. 201.

Date: c1st century (original in Greek); 1973 (translation in English)

By: Marcus Argentarius (c1st century)

Translated by: Fleur Adcock (1934- )

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