By Pliny the Younger
In those letters to his pals and kin, Pliny the more youthful, attorney, writer, and usual thinker, offers a desirable perception into Roman lifestyles within the interval ninety seven to 112 advert. half autobiography, half social historical past, they rfile the profession and pursuits of a senator and best imperial authentic whose buddies contain the historians Tacitus and Suetonius. Pliny's letters hide quite a lot of issues, from the modern political scene to family affairs, the academic procedure, the rituals and behavior of Roman faith, the remedy of slaves, and the phenomena of nature. He describes in brilliant aspect the eruption of Vesuvius, which killed his uncle, and the day-by-day exercises of a well-to-do Roman within the courts and at relaxation, within the urban, or having fun with rural ambitions at his state estates.
this can be a full of life new translation through eminent pupil Peter Walsh, in response to the Oxford Classical textual content and drawing at the most modern scholarship. In his advent, Walsh considers the political history of the letters, the span of Pliny's occupation, the variety of issues coated within the letters, and Pliny's literary type. important notes establish the letters' recipients and clarify allusions to historic occasions and phrases. A normal index is supplemented via particular indexes on facets of social lifestyles and Pliny's correspondents. This vintage will make nice analyzing for people with an curiosity in classical literature and old history.
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Tutti lo miran, tutti onor Ii fanno : quivi vid' Yo Socrate e Platone, m che 'nnanzi a Ii altri piu presso Ii stanno; Democrito che 'l mondo a caso pone, Dlogenes, Anassagora e Tale, m Empedocles, Eraclito e Zenone; e vidi il buono accoglitor del quale, Dlascoride dico; e vidi Orfeo, u1 Tullo e Lino e Seneca morale; Euclide geometra e Tolomeo, lpocrate, Avicenna e Galleno, 144 Averois che 'l gran comento feo. FER IV 106-144 Nous parvinmes au pied d'un noble chateau* sept fois entoure de hauts murs 10s et defendu par une belle riviere.
Molte fiate l'omo ingombra si che d'onrata impresa lo rivolve, come falso veder bestia quand' ombra. Da questa tema accio che tu ti solve, dirotti perch' io venni e quel ch'io 'ntesi nel primo punto che di te mi dolve. Io era tra color che son sospesi, e donna mi chiamo beata e bella, ta! che di comandare io la richiesi. Lucevan Ii occhi suoi piu che la stella; e cominciommi a dir soave e piana, con angelica voce, in sua favella : "O anima cortese mantoana, di cui la fama ancor nel mondo dura, e durera quanto 'I mondo lontana, l'amico mio, e non de la ventura, ne la diserta piaggia e impedito si nel cammin, che volt' e per paura; e temo che non sia gia si smarrito, ch'io mi sia tardi al soccorso levata, per quel ch'i' ho di lui nel cielo udito.
Amor, ch'a nullo amato amar perdona, mi prese de! costui piacer sf forte, 1os che, come vedi, ancor non m'abbandona. ENFER V 67-105 Tu vois Paris, Tristan »; ainsi ii m'en montra et m'en designa du doigt plus de mille 69 qu'amour ota de notre vie. Quand j'eus ainsi entendu mon docteur nommer Jes dames de jadis et Jes cavaliers, n pitie me prit, et je devins comme egare. Je commen~ai : « Poete, volontiers je parlerais a ces deux-ci* qui vont ensemble, 1; et qui semblent si legers dans le vent. 'amour qui Jes mene, et ils viendront.