Thursday, May 19, 2011

Scriptores Historiae Augustae Probus

Augustan Histories [Historia Augusta]
Scriptores Historiae Augustae
117-284 AD
Trans RMBullard
Latin (Imperial Era)


I. 1 Certum est,
[It is certain,]

quod Sallustius Crispus quo<d>que Marcus Cato et Gellius historici sententiae modo in litteras rettulerunt,
[that Sallust Crispus and Marcus Cato, and Gellius only established something of a historical truth in their writing,]

omnes omnium virtutes tantas esse,
[that everyone's virtues were only as great]

qua<n>tas videri eas voluerint eorum ingenia,
[as the talents of these men wanted them to seem,]

qui unius cuius<que> facta descripserint.
[that is, those who wrote the deeds of each and every man down.]

 2 inde est quod Alexander Magnus Mac[h]edo, cum ad Achillis sepulchrum venisset, graviter ingemescens 'felicem te', inquit,
[Hence is the case when Alexander the Great of Macedon, when he had arrived at the tomb of Achilles, moaning in a grave tone, said, "Lucky you,"]

 'iuvenis, qui talem praeconem tuarum virtutum repperisti',
['my chap, since you found such a great crier for your feats of courage,']

 Homerum intellegi volens,
[Willingly, I've read Homer through,]

 qui Achillem tantum in virtutum studio fecit,
[but he only made Achilles as great by virtue of his heroic feats,]

quantum ipse valebat ingenio.
[by the same measure he himself prevailed by virtue of his genius.]

 3 Quorsum haec pertineant, mi Celsine, fortassis requiris.
[What the hell do these matters pertain to, you, my friend Celsinus, might by chance ask.]