I N F I N I T A
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Roman Epitaph B 397
Remains of the Appian Way in
, near Quarto Miglio [photo: Wikipedia, Appian Way]
Rapta sinu matris iacet hic miserabilis infans
[Here lies the young baby daughter taken from the arms of her mother,]
ante novem plenos lunae quam viveret orbes.
[before she could live to the full stages of the moon.]
hanc pater et mater maesti flevere iacentem
[Her grieving father and mother weep for her, who lies here,]
parvaque marmoreo clauserunt membra sepulchro.
[And they sealed her tiny limbs in this marble tomb.]