Letters, Bind 1

W. Heinemann, 1915
Melmonth's translation of Pliny's Letters, was first pub. in 1746. Pliny, the Younger is also know as Plinius Caecilius Secundus, Gaius.

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Side 472 - Equidem beatos puto, quibus deorum munere datum est aut facere scribenda aut scribere legenda, beatissimos vero, quibus utrumque. Horum in numero avunculus meus et suis libris et tuis erit.
Side 475 - It was not at that distance discernible from what mountain this cloud issued, but it was found afterwards to ascend from Mount Vesuvius. I cannot give you a more exact description of its figure than by resembling it to that of a pinetree, for it shot up a great height in the form of a trunk, which extended itself at the top into a sort of branches...
Side 493 - Nothing then was to be heard but the shrieks of women, the screams of children, and the cries of men ; some calling for their children, others for their parents, others for their husbands, and only distinguishing each other by their voices ; one lamenting his own fate, another that of his family ; some wishing to die from the very fear of dying ; some lifting their hands to the gods ; but, the greater part imagining that the last and eternal night was come, which was to destroy the gods and the world...
Side 475 - ... uncommon appearance. It was not at that distance discernible from what mountain this cloud issued, but it was found afterwards to ascend from Mount Vesuvius.
Side 474 - Nubes, incertum procul intuentibus, ex quo monte (Vesuvium fuisse postea cognitum est), oriebatur, cuius similitudinem et formam non alia magis , arbor quam pinus expresserit. Nam longissimo velut trunco elata in altum quibusdam ramis diffundebatur...
Side 400 - Habet quidem oratio et historia multa communia, sed plura diversa in his ipsis, quae communia videntur. illa, narrat haec, sed aliter; huic pleraque humilia et sordida et ex medio petita, illi omnia recondita, splendida, excelsa conveniunt; hanc saepius ossa, musculi, nervi, illam tori quidam et quasi iubae decent; haec vel maxime vi, amaritudine, instantia (1), illa tractu et suavitate atque etiam dulcedine placet; postremo alia verba, alius sonus, alia constructio.
Side 475 - Bassus, who was in the utmost alarm at the imminent danger which threatened her ; for her villa being situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, there was no way to escape but by sea : she earnestly entreated him, therefore, to come to her assistance. He accordingly changed his first design, and what he began with a philosophical, he pursued with an heroical turn of mind.
Side 477 - ... presence of mind, as to be able to make and dictate his observations upon the motion and figure of that dreadful scene.
Side 45 - April scarcely a day has passed on which we have not been entertained with the recital of some poem. It is a pleasure to me to find that a taste for polite literature still exists, and that men of genius do come forward and make themselves known, notwithstanding the lazy attendance they get for their pains.
Side 63 - Without a sign his sword the brave man draws, And asks no omen but his country's cause.

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