Stories are induced by the words of a writer,
But they spring to life in the mind of the readers.
“The verse is mine; but friend, when you declaim it,
It seems like yours, so grievously you maim it.”
An epigram of Martial, quoted in A History of Reading
By Steven R. Fischer
Martial, Latin in full Marcus Valerius Martialis (born Mar. 1, ad 38–41, Bilbilis, Hispania [Spain]—died c. 103) Roman poet who brought the Latin epigram to perfection and provided in it a picture of Roman society during the early empire that is remarkable both for its completeness and for its accurate portrayal of human foibles.