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Born in Bilbilis (Spanish DO area Calatayud), Marcus Valerius Martialis (40-102) was a Roman poet. He depicted the social conditions of Rome in critical form in his frivolous mocking poems (epigrams), consisting of 1,500 short poems in 15 books. However, Martial was careful to use pseudonyms for the people whose vices he denounced. One example is: " Whoever thinks that Acerra smells of yesterday's wine is mistaken, for Accera always drinks until the day dawns". He particularly took aim at show-offs and braggarts and frequently mentions wine in this regard. The nouveau riche, of course, drink the famous Opimianer, a special vintage of the Falerner. Martial mocks the cult of old wine and invents one without a consular year and thus already put in the cellar before the birth of the Republic.

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