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long-lost letters BOOK I (ivica)

long-lost letters BOOK I (ivica)

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These are some of the long-lost letters from a couple of thousand years ago that were found lying in a half-burned cardboard shoe box which was recovered from the recent rubble of an old building in the city they still call ROMA...in English with some easy-to-learn Latin words...with pictures+graphics...plus a nice+easy guide to Latin pronunciation....
(c)ivica2007
These are some of the long-lost letters from a couple of thousand years ago that were found lying in a half-burned cardboard shoe box which was recovered from the recent rubble of an old building in the city they still call ROMA...in English with some easy-to-learn Latin words...with pictures+graphics...plus a nice+easy guide to Latin pronunciation....
(c)ivica2007

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BOOK III III IVivica
(c)ivica2007
ISBN 978-0-9783767-0-3
 
"Set the price!" [
FAC PRETIUM.
]
Cuparius 
Rufus to Longinus: Hello. I was in the
FORUM
yesterday, really enjoying some "sausages" [
HILLAE
]with hot baked plums, making my way through theafternoon crowds. All of a sudden, a thunderous heavylate-September shower sent people birding for cover. Old men'schests pumped for all they were worth. Young women quicklygathered up their hems. Children squealed. Ladies shrieked, vainlyprotecting their carefully-applied hairdos, wigs, or expensive clothes.Rouged faces started melting. Big heavy drops formed into puddles,here and there, so that other drops could have a safe place to fall andmake their short-lived little circles. Domestic rain drowned out theforeign perfumes. Some of these bodies haven't been this intimatewith water for days. Some of these spirits for years! I wondered at thetime about what kinds of rain it would take to rinse a spirit squeaky-clean and let it start fresh again?Merchants carried on regardless. Strangers squeezed together for alittle piece of roof. That
IUPPITER
is quite an equalizer. What if, in thestormy confusion, these bodies all suddenly found themselves in thewrong wet clothes? the past just washed away? the present just "anew and sudden dream" [
SOMNIUM NOVUM ET SUBITUM
]?Would that thin slave become a jovial and fat Senator within XIIEpicurean months? Would the former Senator's heart be brokenwithin a month of plying his trade as a piss-collector? as a "eunuch"[
SPADO
] to some eastern goddess? Or would the still-honourableSenator just carry his new burden stoically? How would that pretty"little wife" [
UXORCULA
] pay for her household supplies now---nowthat the daughter of a fuller, or a farmer, or "an innkeeper" [
CAUPO
]has to actually earn her bread and wine, all by herself? I would betthat at least half of these ladies would succeed quite admirably, riseto the challenge with terrible untested resources.
 
That "suburbanite" [
SUBURBANUS
] there. How would he ever enjoysleeping in the space above his master's tannery? Living and workingin the same room until he was too old to be of any further use toanyone? How will that former Knight, so easily virtuous, proud, pious,resolute, and charitable, face his new world as a naked man, "alone"[
SOLUS
], "hungry"
[IEIUNUS
], "sickly" [
INFIRMUS
], "unknown"[
INCOGNITUS
], and "soaked" [
ELIXUS
]? Would the charity still flowas easily? Would his patriotism still move him to fine speeches andgenerous civic acts? Would he thank the gods every day for onemore sweet breath of life? Would there even be an ounce of virtueaccessible to help him resolutely face the uncaring world, whenmorning came, this time?What would the distinguished matron's spoiled daughter be prayingfor now, as she spins wool, day after night after day, in her lonelydesolate work-hut somewhere on a rocky mountain-side. Would thatdrenched banker last even one fight as a gladiator against a lion or afellow murderer? Would that gladiator evolve into an "honest andsuccessful" [
SINCERUS ET FORTUNATUS
] banker? And that loudold whore: how would she plan the up-coming battle in a far-offGerman forest? Would the former Consul's friends still invite the newfreedman, selling his sharp knives, to apolitically-important expensive dinner?If that loud garlic-dealer were nowpassing out promotions in the armies ofthe Empire, who would dare to refusehis merest whim? his inquiring eye? "hisdrunken hand" [
SUA MANUS EBRIA
]?his warped tastes? Could that formerbarber now bear the heavy burdens ofgoverning the
AEGYPTUS
of Cleopatraas a Roman Knight, as the Prefect of
AEGYPTUS
, and as a close personalfriend of the Emperor himself? This raindoesn't care or judge on whom it falls.Nor does "fate" [
SORS
]. But I'd bet all of
ROMA
---that the barber could do the job. "Easily." [
FACILE.
] I sincerely hopethat this answers the doubts in your last letter to me. "Good-bye."
[VALE.
][date unknown]

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