Martial (c. 40 AD - 104 AD)
In 88 AD Martial, epigrammatist of Spanish origin, takes a break from the hectic Roman life and spends some time resting in Imola. In the same year, he goes on a trip to Ravenna and takes the opportunity to taste the local products:
Epigrams XIII, 21
The delicate stalks cultivated on the coast of Ravenna will not be more grateful to the palate than this wild asparagus.