Augustan Histories [Historia Augusta]
Scriptores Historiae Augustae
Latin (Imperial Era)
HELVIUS PERTINAX IULI CAPITOLINI
I. 1 Publi(c)o Helvio Pertinaci pater libertinus Helvius Successus fuit, qui filio nomen ex continuatione lanariae negotiationis, quod pertinaciter eam rem generet, inpossuisse fatetur.
[Publicus Helvius Pertinax's father was a freedman, Helvius Successus, who is said to have gave his son his name in order to continue his woolmaking business, which he managed 'very tenaciously'.]
2 Natus est Pertinax in Appennino in villa matris.
[His mother give birth to Pertinax on a country estate in the Appennines.]
equus pullus ea hora, qua natus est, in tegulas ascendit atque ibi breviter commoratus decidit exspiravit.
[In the exact hour of his birth, a black horse climbed up on his roofs, and after staying there for a while, it fell off and died.]
3 Hac re motus pater ad Chaldaeum venit.
[His father, disturbed by the event, moved to Chaldaeum.]