aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Cicero, Letters to his friends 14.20

leave a comment »

This is the last letter we have from Cicero to his wife Terentia. He was to divorce her the following year, and you don’t need to read far between the lines of this little note to detect that their relations were at this time rather strained…

Tullius s.d. Terentiae suae.

in Tusculanum nos venturos putamus aut Nonis aut postridie. ibi ut sint omnia parata. plures enim fortasse nobiscum erunt et, ut arbitror, diutius ibi commorabimur. labrum si in balineo non est, ut sit; item cetera quae sunt ad victum et ad valetudinem necessaria.


Kal. Oct. de Venusino.

Tullius greets his Terentia.

We think we’ll be coming to the Tusculan house either on the 7th or the day after. Let everything be ready there. For there will perhaps be more people with us, and, I think, we shall stay there for quite a while. If there’s not a tub in the bathroom, make sure there is. Likewise everything else required for food and good health.


October 1st, from the region of Venusia.

Written by aleatorclassicus

September 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Cicero

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: