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Martial Epigrammata 10.47

The things that would make life happier, most charming Martial, are these: wealth not obtained by labor but inherited; a farm not without rewards (i.e., a profitable farm), a fireplace always burning; never a lawsuit, a toga rarely used, a mind at rest; the strength of a freeborn man, a healthy body; a sensible openness, friends of equal status; easy companionship, a simple (lit., without art) table; a night not drunken but free from cares; a marriage (lit., bed) not strait-laced but nevertheless chaste; sleep that would make the night short; [that] you would wish to be whatever you are and would prefer nothing [else]; [that] you would neither fear nor wish for [your] final day.

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