GCSE Latin Prose B 2025-26


GCSE Latin Prose B 2025-26

Messalina (Tacitus) and avunculus meus (Pliny the Younger)


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Before dawn he used to go to the Emperor Vespasian (for he also made use of the nights), then to the duty assigned to him. When he had returned home, he used to give the rest of the time to his studies. Often after food (which by the custom of our forefathers was light and easy [to digest]) in summer, if there was any leisure, he used to lie in the sun, a book was read, he made notes on [it] and made extracts. For he read nothing from which he did not make extracts; he was even accustomed to say that no book was so bad that it was not of use in some part. After [he had sat in] the sun he was often washed with cold water, then had a snack and slept very briefly; soon, as if on another day, he studied until dinner time. Over dinner a book was read and notes made on it, and rapidly indeed.

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These things [happened] among the middle of his tasks and the bustle of the city. In [his] alone time, only the time in the baths was taken away from studies (when I say ‘baths’ I am talking about the inner [rooms]; for while he was being scraped down and dried, he was listening to something or dictating. On a journey, as if freed from other cares, he devoted himself to this alone: at his side a secretary with a book and writing tablets, whose hands in winter were protected by long sleeves, so that not even the harshness of the weather would take away any study time; for this reason at Rome also he was carried in a chair. I remember that I [was] scolded by him because I was walking: he said ‘You could have not wasted these hours’; for he thought that every moment was wasted which was not devoted to study. Farewell