Pliny's Letters 9.12

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Who is Pliny writing to? What about?
Pliny is writing to his friend, talking about the fault's of parenting
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Why does the father criticize his son?
He thinks the son's buying horses and dogs a little too extravagently
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What does "heus tu" mean? What could you say about addressing someone like this?
It means, "hey you" - very informal. perhaps showing no respect for this man
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How does using the rhetorical questions help emphasize Pliny's points?
Makes the father think about his actions/reflect. Helps assert Pliny's authority, making him seem clever and knowledgeable
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Why is Pliny writing to his friend about parenting?
"Out of mutual affection" - so the friend won't make the mistake of scolding his own son too harshly one day
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Why does Pliny think the father was scolding his son too harshly?
Everyone is human, everyone makes mistakes, especially when young. Even the father will have made mistakes
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What does repetition of "fecisti" show?
Emphasizes the father must have made some mistakes in his life
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Why does the father criticize his son?

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He thinks the son's buying horses and dogs a little too extravagently

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How does using the rhetorical questions help emphasize Pliny's points?

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Why is Pliny writing to his friend about parenting?

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