Aliud eiusdem argum.


Martha Marchina


This poem references the Miracle of the Snow at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. According to church tradition, on August 4, 352 C.E., a patrician named John and Pope Liberius each dreamt that the Virgin Mary commanded them to build a church where snow was found. They found the top of the Esquiline hill miraculously covered in snow the next morning. This church would eventually become Santa Maria Maggiore, also known as Basilica S. Mariae ad Nives. The miracle was commemorated annually on August 5th.

Original Text

Marchina, Martha. Marthae Marchinae virginis Neapolitanae Musa posthuma. 1701, p. 69.


Has tibi1 Virgo nives Coeli dimittit ab hortis, Non potes aestivas Roma2 timere faces.

In the title: argum = argumentum 1 Referring to Roma in the second line. 2 Vocative.


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