Dormiant

Bestiaires_festoyant_arène_Thysdrus_Musée_Bardo
Mosaic from El Djem (ancient Thysdrus), Tunesia, ca. 220-250 AD

[N]os nudi [f]iemus.
bibere venimus.
ia[m] multu[m] loquimini.
avocemur.
nos tres tenemus.

silentiu[m] dormiant tauri.

(Tunis, Musée National du Bardo, 3361)

We’re going to be (= drink ourselves?) naked.
We’re here to drink.
You’re all talking a lot.
We may get called away.
We’re having three [glasses].

Silence! Let the bulls sleep.

(tr. by anonymous)

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