Petronius, Satyricon 46

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How does the author portray the speaker as uneducated?
Use of vulgar latin ("te persuadeam" accusative should be "tibi persuadeam" dative)
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What do we learn about the speaker's child?
Yound and clever (he can already do his four times table)
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What do we learn about growing up in ancient Rome?
Very high mortality rate ("si vixerit" - if he lives")
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How do we know the speaker has money?
he is willing to pay for his sons education and he also mentions that they have a "villam" which would usually be used to describe a country house.
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How does the child spend his time?
Work, birds and painting.
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What are two words which show the speaker's attitudes towards these hobbies?
"nenias" (silly) and "morbosus" (unhealthy)
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How do we know the father wants his son to go into law? why does he want this?
He has brought him "libros rubricatos" (law books). He wants his son to become a lawyer as it will "buy him bread" (ie. will make him a living)
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What are the alteranatives to law?
Barber, auctioneer or a barister (listed in order of loswest to highest paid)
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How does the father come across in this passage?
Strict and controlling, but he does care for his son.
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