1. Pliny 1_16, Ummidia (primer)
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Caius Plinius suo Gemino – Salve!
Caius Pliny to his < friend> Geminus - Greetings! Ummidia Quadratilla decessit,
Ummidia Quadratilla has died
paulo minus octogensimo anno aetatis ;
by a little less < than> in the eightieth year of age; erat femina viridis usque ad novissimum morbum
she was a woman sprightly right up to her last illness,
cuius corpus erat compactum et robustum ,
whose body was solid and strong ,
ultra modum matronalem.
beyond the limit of a mother.
testamentum eius erat optimum;
The will of her was excellent;
she left as beneficiaries
ex besse nepotem, ex tertia parte neptem.
two thirds her grandson, one third her grand-daughter.
neptem vix novi,
The granddaughter scarcely I know,
nepotem diligo familiarissime,
the grandson I love most closely,
a young man special
quem etiam ei quos non attingit sanguine
whom even those whom he does not touch by blood
amant tamquam propinquum.
love as if one of their family.
quamquam erat pulcherrimus, et puer et iuvenis
although he was very good-looking, < as> both a boy and a young man vitavit omnes sermones malignorum ;
he avoided all the gossipings of the mean-minded;
deinde, intra quartum et vicensimum annum
second, within his fourth and twentieth year
he was a husband
et, si deus adnuisset, fuisset pater.
and, if god had consented, would have been a father.
vixit apud delicatam aviam
He lived at the house of his pleasure-loving grandmother
severissime et tamen obsequentissime.
very strictly and yet fitting in very well.
illa habebat pantomimos -que fovebat
she had < a troupe of> mimic actors, and indulged < them> effusius quam erat decorum nobili feminae .
more extravagantly than was appropriate for a high-born lady.
Quadratus spectabat hos non in theatro, non domi,
Quadratus used to watch them not in the theatre, not at home,
nec illa postulabat .
nor she was demanding < that he should>.