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COMMENTARY
  ~000 Introduction
I - THE YOUNG SCHOOLBOY
  ~001 Arrival at Caelian Hill
  ~002 Life at the Paedagogium
  ~003 Monsters and Heroes
  ~004 The Private Baths
  ~005 The Soaps of Cyprias
  ~006 The Treachery of Gryllus
  ~007 Assurances and Endurances
  ~008 The Demise of Trenus
  ~009 The Surprise Inspection
II - THE COURT PAGE
  ~010 Little Donkey
  ~011 Whispering Hope
  ~012 Epigrams for Antinous
  ~013 Books from Maltinus
  ~014 Little Signals
  ~015 Promotion
  ~016 Juvenalis IX
  ~017 A Frothy Idea
  ~018 Evening on the Riverbank
  ~019 Across the Leagues
  ~020 Unprecedented Access
  ~021 Winged Mercury
  ~022 Dinner Guest
  ~023 Causes of Nausea
  ~024 New Pupil
  ~025 Wax, Soap, and Wool
  ~026 Four Daughters
  ~027 Vitalis Atones
  ~028 Futures and Histories...
  ~029 The Triumph of Desire
  ~030 An Image of Antinous
  ~031 The Ride From Rome
  ~032 The Villa at Tibur
  ~033 The Ride To Rome
  ~034 Praeconina
  ~035 Foolish Carisius
  ~036 The Christian Texts
  ~037 Married Pleasures
  ~038 In Tibur, Alone
  ~039 The End of Corinthus
  ~040 Turning Tables
  ~041 A History & Fantasy...
  ~042 A Sad Collection
  ~043 Rafts in a Raging Sea
  ~044 Rome, Home and History
  ~045 A Caravan of Monologue
  ~046 On Favorinus
  ~047 The Flesh of a Metaphor
  ~048 Disquieting Thoughts
  ~049 Purple Reign
  ~050 The Heart of Numidia
  ~051 Stables of the Palatine
  ~052 Hadrian's Deprivation
  ~053 Transcripts and Categories
  ~054 In the Wake of a Paradox
III - THE IMPERIAL FAVOURITE
  ~055 Father of the Country
  ~056 The First Night with Hadrian
  ~057 A Place in the World
  ~058 Hard Resolution
  ~059 Announcements...
  ~060 Keeping Company
  ~061 The Stallions' Ride
  ~062 The Tour Begins
  ~063 On the Isthmus
  ~064 On Grief
  ~065 The Eleusian Mysteries
  ~066 A Playful Wager
  ~067 The Delights of Athens
  ~068 On Receiving
  ~069 Epistle Coming Soon
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Life at the Paedagogium

Lysicles

How I miss you! It has been many days since my first letter and I am sorry for it. You are not forgotten. There have been many demands put upon me in my training and the days are full and very tiring. We are up from the first snort of Abraxas well before he is hitched to the chariot of Helios and are only liberated when he is near to the sea. I will tell you of my life here which is hard and there are many times I wonder what I am doing here and if it will ever end.

I am living with all the other boys at the Caput Africae in the middle of many wealthy homes atop the Caelian Hill. It is a quick walk down to the Circus Maximus and to Flavian’s Crown where the wild beasts roar! I have not yet seen any games but will tell you of them when I do. I have been to the Circus a few times to buy breads for myself and watch the people shop. There are so many people in Rome!

A History of Education in AntiquityAt school we take lessons in Latin and Greek. Because most of the boys are from Rome they are already good at Latin and not so good at Greek. For me it is the other way around. But by being out and about the city whenever I am able I am learning my Latin much quicker than they are learning their Greek and so I am ahead of them ha ha. Also we are learning how to write and to make our words sing. My teacher Maltinus tells me I am doing very well and I have never been beaten once by his rod. There are numbers and arithmetic too which I can do well enough but do not find as fun to learn as the words.

I have made a friend here and his name is Trenus. He is a boy who is quiet like me and so we knew that could be friends. You would like him Lysicles for he speaks with a very funny voice. He told me in secret that his family is Christian and begged me not to tell anyone. I promised him I would not and I have kept my promise even if I am telling you but I know that you will keep his secret too. Trenus is not like the Christians we have heard tell of for he is a good person and has promised me he would never eat babies. I like him very much and I think that you would too.

Carisius is still an evil fellow and takes whatever chance he can to tease and trick me. He has pulled about him two other boys who are named Servilius and Falconius. I do not like any of them because they delight in making my life even more hard than it already is. They will sometimes come together and corner me like a cat. Sometimes I find my claws but sometimes they skin me! I have not told Maltinus of it but I am sure he knows even if he does nothing to stop it. Trenus said to me that Falconius is from a very wealthy family and that is why he is allowed to do what he does without punishment. It makes me angry sometimes but I know it is the way of things and so I do my best to live with a stout heart.

Every few weeks Gryllus returns from his travels to find me and fancies himself my protector. I do not know why he thinks I need to be protected except if Maltinus is telling him of my troubles with Carisius. But why would he? My troubles are my own and I do not need any man’s protection. Gryllus is cunning. He finds ways to get me alone and I think he must have the help of the Paedagogiarch to do so. He has his way with me and I have no choice but to let him for I know if I do not my life here will become even harder. He tells me it is good training for me as my role at court will be the same. Then he says like it is a warning that I may never get to court except if I behave for him and do his bidding. What choice have I? This poor Antinous has no parents who should command Gryllus to stop. Thus ever I endure.

Maltinus is a good man. He has agreed once again to see to it that this letter reaches you and is happy that I take the extra time to write it. If the seal is broken when you receive it please tell me and I will know that he is reading it. Not that there is anything here that speaks ill of him but there are secrets that should not get out. I suppose I should not have told them until I know for sure if the letters are finding you but it is too late now for paper is not cheap and time is scarce too and I should be very upset to have to start over again after all this work! I must therefore trust in the wink of Hermes.

That I endure this toil it is for thinking of you who sustains me. A.

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