Moretum image

I made this image for my partner Henry Stead’s new translation of the Latin poem, Moretum, which you can read in The High Window, here.

This is what he says about it:

The Moretum is a curious poem once ascribed to Virgil. It is a consciously uneven parody, which plays on the epic style and lurches in tone and register from the fanciful to the realistic, from the celestial to the sewer. It is unique insofar as it focuses at some length on an otherwise invisible aspect of ancient Roman life, the lived experience of the labouring poor. In it we spend the morning with an unlikely hero named Simylus, which literally means something like ‘little sub-nose’ (or ‘Screwface’), from the moment he wakes to his setting out to drive the plough.

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