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Translation for treasure hunt

Postby wagnerhonus34 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:03 pm

Hi! I compete in a sort of treasure hunt league here in Iowa, and to get my next clue, I need a translation a this text. I've taken one semester of high school Latin so far, and I'm feeling pretty lost. Any translation would be very much appreciated.

"Interim e Vesuvio monte pluribus locis latissimae flammae altaque incendia relucebant, quorum fulgor et claritas tenebris noctis excitabatur. Ille agrestium trepidatione ignes relictos desertasque villas per solitudinem ardere in remedium formidinis dictitabat. Tum se quieti dedit et quievit verissimo quidem somno, nam meatus animae, qui illi prpter amplitudinem corporis gravior et sonantior erat, abeis qui limini obversabantur audiebatur. Sed area ex qua diaeta adibatur ita iam cinere mixtisque pumicibus oppleta surrexerat, ut, si longior in cubiculo mora, exitus negaretur. Excitatus procedit seque Pomponiano ceterisque, qui pervigilaverant, reddit. In commune consultant, intra tecta subsustant an in aperto vagentur. Nam crebris vastisque tremoribus tacta nutabant et, quasi emota sedibus suis, nunc huc nunc illuc abire aut referri videbantur. Sub dio rursus quamquam levium exesorumque pumicum casus metuebatur; quod tamen periculorum collatio elegit. Et apud illum quidem ratio rationem. apud alios timorem timor vicit. Cervicalia capitibus imposita linteis constringunt; id munimentum adversus incidentia fuit."

Thanks so much! :D
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Re: Translation for treasure hunt

Postby thesaurus » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:09 pm

I'm pretty sure that this is from Pliny the Younger's description of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. As such, you should be able to find some translations online. Here's one: http://www.volcanolive.com/pliny.html

This passage in question is as follows:
Meanwhile, broad sheets of flame were lighting up many parts of Vesuvius; their light and brightness were the more vivid for the darkness of the night. To alleviate people's fears my uncle claimed that the flames came from the deserted homes of farmers who had left in a panic with the hearth fires still alight. Then he rested, and gave every indication of actually sleeping; people who passed by his door heard his snores, which were rather resonant since he was a heavy man. The ground outside his room rose so high with the mixture of ash and stones that if he had spent any more time there escape would have been impossible. He got up and came out, restoring himself to Pomponianus and the others who had been unable to sleep. They discussed what to do, whether to remain under cover or to try the open air. The buildings were being rocked by a series of strong tremors, and appeared to have come loose from their foundations and to be sliding this way and that. Outside, however, there was danger from the rocks that were coming down, light and fire-consumed as these bits of pumice were. Weighing the relative dangers they chose the outdoors; in my uncle's case it was a rational decision, others just chose the alternative that frightened them the least.

They tied pillows on top of their heads as protection against the shower of rock.
Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni, nec praeteritum tempus umquam revertitur nec quid sequatur sciri potest. Quod cuique temporis ad vivendum datur, eo debet esse contentus. --Cicero, De Senectute
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