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THE ROMAN BEGINS THE DAY

In general, however, the Romans were early risers. In the ancient town the artificial light was so deplorable that the rich were as eager as the poor to profit by the light of day. Each man took the maxim of the elder Pliny as his motto "To live is to be awake: profecto enim vita vigilia est." Ordinarily no one lay in bed of a morning save the young roisterers[a1] or the drunkards who were forced to sleep off their overnight excesses. Even some of these were up and about by noon, for "the fifth hour" at which, according to Persius, they made up their minds to go out, normally finished about 11 A.M.

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