Domestic Design Pt 2

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opus publicam
Main roads were the responsibility of the state but minor roads to farms or estates were the responsibility of those through whose properties they passed
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CL passus
The Roman pace was a double one (this was about 725 feet)
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ponticulo
Cicero uses diminutives to add affection to his letters
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Lucustae...Varronis
Lucusta and Varro were the owners of the neighbouring estates to Quintus
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probe munierat
'munire' (fortify/build) refers to the elaborate foundations and various layers of a properly built Roman road
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qui nunc Romae erat
'erat' is an 'epistolary imperfect' meaning the writer (Cicero) wrote this letter from the point of view of the recipient (Quintus) - So Taurus IS at Rome when Cicero is writing but by the time Quintus came to read the letter he could have left
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de aqua per fundum eius ducenda rogabo
The route of a water course through someone’s land was potentially tricky as flooding was a perennial problem and law suits could arise. It was an important matter in ancient times due to the intense flooding that occurred in the rainy season
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sane probavi
'sane' intensifies the word 'probavi'
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aedificatiuncula
this diminutive clearly indicates that the villa at Laterium was far less pretentious than the Manilian
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multa ad addidisse ad opus, nihil ad pretium
Quintus evidently drove a hard bargain and paid the penalty
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me hurcule
swearing by Hercules is a fit way of emphasising a statement and highlights his contentment that Quintus added those things
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quamquam ea villa, quae nunc est, tamquam philosopha videtur esse quae obiurget ceterarum villarum insaniam
Cicero, while giving his blessing to Quintus' proposed improvement, seems to regret the loss of austerity/rigor/quality to the place caused by his brother's attempt to keep up with the fashion.
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quamquam ea villa, quae nunc est, tamquam philosopha videtur esse quae obiurget ceterarum villarum insaniam
Cicero does comment on the fanciness of the villa, and seems to be slightly chiding his brother for trying to make it too up-to-date and modern. Quintus may be trying to show off to his neighbours
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denique illi palliati
the placing of statues between was common practice
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hederam vendere
'vendere' often has the sense of 'showing off' or 'displaying of approval' as a salesman displays his wares
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The Roman pace was a double one (this was about 725 feet)

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CL passus

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Cicero uses diminutives to add affection to his letters

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Lucusta and Varro were the owners of the neighbouring estates to Quintus

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'munire' (fortify/build) refers to the elaborate foundations and various layers of a properly built Roman road

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