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A day in the life of pliny the elder GCSE set text
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ante lucem ibat ad Vespasianum imperatorem (nam ille quoque noctibus utebatur), deinde ad officium sibi delegatum.
Before dawn he used to go to the emperor Vespasian (for he also used to make use of the nights), then he went to the official duty assigned to him
reversus domum reliquum tempus studiis dabat.
having returned home he used to give the remaining time to studies
saepe post cibum (qui veterum more interdiu levi et facilis erat aestate, si quid otii erat
often after a meal (which as per the custom of his forefathers was light and simple) in the summer, if there was any time for leisure,
iacebat in sole, liber legebatur, adnotabat excerpebatque. nihil enim legit quod non excerperet.
he used to lie in the sun, a book was read aloud, on which educated slaves would take notes and make extracts. for he read nothing from which he did not make extracts
dicere etiam solebat nullum librum esse tam malum ut non aliqua parte prodesset.
he was also accustomed to say that no book was so bad that it was of no use in any part
post solem plerumque aqua frigida lavabatur, deinde gustabat dormiebatque minimum;
after sun he was usually bathed in cold water, then he would have a snack and sleep a little
mox quasi alio die studebat in cenae tempus, super cenam legebatur adnotabatur,et quidem cursim.
soon, as if on another day he used to study until dinner. over dinner a book was read and noted on, and indeed rapidly.
haec inter medios labores urbisque fremitum
he did these things amidst his labours and the bustle of the city
in secessu solum balinei tempus studiis eximebatur
away from the city the only time taken away from his studies was for bathing
(cum dico "balinei" de interioribus loquor; nam dum destringitur tergiturque, audiebat aliquid aut dictabat)
when I say baths I speak of the inner rooms; for while he was rubbed down and dried, he used to listen to something or dictate)
in itinere quasi solutus ceteris curis, huic uni vacabat:
on a journey as if relieved from the rest of his concerns, he used to make time for this one care:
ad latus notarius cum libro et pugillaribus, cuius manus hieme manicis muniebatur,
a secretary was at his side with his book and his writing tablets, whose hands were protected in winter with sleeves,
ut ne caeli quidem asperitas ullum studii tempus eriperet;
so that not even the harshness of the weather would take any time away from study
qua ex causa Romae quoque sella vehebatur.
for this reason as well he was carried by sedan chair at Rome
repeto me correptum ab eo, quod ambularem: "poteras" inquit "has horas non perdere";
I remember that I was scolded by him, because I used to walk: "you would be able" he said "to not waste these hours"
nam perire omne tempus arbitrabatur, quod studiis non impenderetur. vale
for he used to think that all time was wasted, which was not devoted to study. goodbye
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