Monday, August 17, 2020
The Meaning of Continuo in Latin
1 Forthwith, without delay, immediately.Jerzy Linderski, "The Quaestorship of Marcus Antonius," Roman Questions: Selected Papers (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1995), pp. 251-261 (at 258):
b immediately from the beginning, from the first.
c (in an enumeration of places) immediately thereafter.
2 Without further evidence, without more ado; (esp. w. neg. expressed or implied in qu.) necessarily, in consequence.
3 Without intermission, continuously.
The word is commonly rendered as "immediately"; Cicero, however, (as is easily seen from the examples in Merguet's dictionary) uses it often to indicate that between two closely connected events no other event occurred bearing upon them.36 Thus the length of time indicated by continuo may vary considerably, as is also true of other similar expressions like mox and nuper.
36 Cf. esp. Cael. 9; Vat. 36: quis legatos umquam audivit sine senatus consulto? Ante te nemo: post (i.e., after 59) continuo (i.e., in 58) fecit idem . . . Clodius.