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GCSE Latin 2017, Pliny Ummidia / Messalina, 1. Pliny 1_16, Ummidia (primer)

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;

reliquit heredes

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,

iuvenem singularem

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.

nam primum,

For first,

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

fuit maritus

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>.



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1. Pliny 1_16, Ummidia (primer)

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Caius Plinius suo Gemino – Salve! Pliny their twins - Hi!

Caius Pliny to his < friend> Geminus - Greetings! Ummidia Quadratilla decessit, Ummidia Quadratilla died;

Ummidia Quadratilla has died

paulo minus octogensimo anno aetatis ; a little lower than her eightieth year of his age;

by a little less < than> in the eightieth year of age; erat femina viridis usque ad novissimum morbum Green was a woman until her final illness

she was a woman sprightly right up to her last illness,

cuius corpus erat compactum et robustum , whose body was strong and sturdy,

whose body was solid and strong ,

ultra modum matronalem. the more so for a woman.

beyond the limit of a mother.

testamentum eius erat optimum; Her will was the best thing:

The will of her was excellent;

reliquit heredes heirs

she left as beneficiaries

ex besse nepotem, ex tertia parte neptem. to two-thirds the grandson of one third of the part of my cousin.

two thirds her grandson, one third her grand-daughter.

neptem vix novi, granddaughter hardly new

The granddaughter scarcely I know,

nepotem diligo familiarissime, Those familiar grandchild;

the grandson I love most closely,

iuvenem singularem young man

a young man special

quem etiam ei quos non attingit sanguine the blood of those whom it does not attain to him, whom, in his

whom even those whom he does not touch by blood

amant tamquam propinquum. They love as a relative.

love as if one of their family.

nam primum, For the first time,

For first,

quamquam erat pulcherrimus, et puer et iuvenis although it was beautiful, and the young boy

although he was very good-looking, < as> both a boy and a young man vitavit omnes sermones malignorum ; ward off the blow, all the words of the wicked;

he avoided all the gossipings of the mean-minded;

deinde, intra quartum et vicensimum annum Then, in his twenty-fourth year

second, within his fourth and twentieth year

fuit maritus

he was a husband

et, si deus adnuisset, fuisset pater. And, if God is willing, he would be a father.

and, if god had consented, would have been a father.

vixit apud delicatam aviam He lived with an indulgent grandmother

He lived at the house of his pleasure-loving grandmother

severissime et tamen obsequentissime. However, it is strictly and obediently.

very strictly and yet fitting in very well.

illa habebat pantomimos -que fovebat -que diligent in the care of pantomime actors and that he had,

she had < a troupe of> mimic actors, and indulged < them> effusius quam erat decorum nobili feminae . How fitting burst of noble women.

more extravagantly than was appropriate for a high-born lady.

Quadratus spectabat hos non in theatro, non domi, The square used to watch that these can not in the theater or at home,

Quadratus used to watch them not in the theatre, not at home,

nec illa postulabat . not even she had to make him.

nor she was demanding < that he should>.

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