Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Roman Epitaph B 397

Remains of the Appian Way in Rome, near Quarto Miglio [photo: Wikipedia, Appian Way]

 B 397

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.]