Messalina: Section 1


Latin

Messalina novo et quasi insane amore incensa est. nam in C. Silium, iuventutis Romanae pulcherrimum, ita exarserat ut Iuniam Silanam, nobilem feminam, matrimonio eius exturbaret liberoque adultero potiretur. neque Silius flagitii aut periculi nescius erat: sed intellexit exitium, si abnueret, fore certum et, si consentiret, nonnullam facinoris celandi spem esse; simulque se magna praemia accepturum. igitur placuit neglegere futura praesentibus frui. illa non furtim sed multis cum comitibus ventitat domum, egredienti adhaeret, dat opes honoresque; postremo servi, liberti, paratus principis apud adulterum saepe videbantur. at Claudius matrimonii sui ignarus.

English

Messalina burned with a new and almost mad love. For she had been so inflamed with love for Gaius Silius, the most handsome of the Roman youth, that she drove Junia Silana, a noble woman, out of marriage with him and acquired an adulterer who was unencumbered. Nor was Silius unaware of the scandal or danger: but he understood that, if he refused, death would be certain and, if he agreed, there was some hope of hiding the crime; and at the same time he would receive great rewards. Therefore he decided to ignore the future and enjoy the present. She came repeatedly to his house, not secretly but with many companions, she clung to him as he went out, she gave him money and honours; finally the slaves, freedmen, belongings of the emperor were often seen at the house of her lover. But Claudius was ignorant of the state of his marriage.

Commentary

Test

Messalina novo et quasi insane amore incensa est. nam in C. Silium, iuventutis Romanae pulcherrimum, ita exarserat ut Iuniam Silanam, nobilem feminam, matrimonio eius exturbaret liberoque adultero potiretur. neque Silius flagitii aut periculi nescius erat: sed intellexit exitium, si abnueret, fore certum et, si consentiret, nonnullam facinoris celandi spem esse; simulque se magna praemia accepturum. igitur placuit neglegere futura praesentibus frui. illa non furtim sed multis cum comitibus ventitat domum, egredienti adhaeret, dat opes honoresque; postremo servi, liberti, paratus principis apud adulterum saepe videbantur. at Claudius matrimonii sui ignarus.