Unless immortality also grants Masclus improved memory circuits, within 100 years he would forget most of the Latin save very basics. My grandparent, a native Saami speaker, forgot much of it after decades of living amongst Finnish speakers.
I was compelled to learn Latin at school and was fairly decent at it. I can't remember a bloody word of it now.
A common problem, even back then.....
Meanwhile Mary Beard is having to dodge some unjustified pilum:
A debate about ethnic diversity in the Roman Empire boiled over into a bitter dispute that saw classical scholar, author and TV presenter Mary Beard subjected to days of "nasty" attacks on social media.
It all started with a seemingly harmless BBC cartoon intended to depict a family in Roman Britain.
Alt-right commentator Paul Joseph Watson posted the cartoon and questioned its historical accuracy.
"Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse. I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right?" Mr Watson wrote.
Professor Beard, an expert on Roman history, and others including historian Mike Stuchbery, piped up to say they believed the depiction to be relatively accurate.
Professor Beard cited the case of Quintus Lollius Urbicus, who was born in what is now Algeria and went on to become governor of Britain.
It was then that a barrage of abuse followed, Professor Beard said in a blog post titled Roman Britain in Black and White.
She said she had been the target of a "torrent of aggressive insults, on everything from my historical competence and elitist ivory tower viewpoint to my age, shape and gender (batty old broad, obese, etc etc)".
"The cumulative effect was just nasty."
Professor Beard said she had reported some tweets but would not block people on social media.
"It doesn't stop them tweeting, it only means that you don't see it, and it feels to me like leaving the bullies in charge of the playground."
"It's rather too much like what women have been advised to do for centuries. Don't answer back, and just turn away."
Some of the strongest criticisms aimed at Professor Beard came from essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb who also went beyond Twitter and its 140 character restriction to unpack his perspective on the debate, in a post titled Something is Broken in the UK Intellectual Sphere.
Professor Beard said the insults were balanced out by support from others.
"It also feels very sad to me that we cannot have a reasonable discussion on such a topic as the cultural ethnic composition of Roman Britain without resorting to unnecessary insult, abuse, misogyny and language of war not debate (and that includes one senior academic)," she wrote.
"It's a bit of a bleak outlook for how we might talk about modern ethnic diversity."
You know, I loathe political correctness as much as the next person. But the truth is, those criticizing Mary Beard (whom from her documentaries strikes me as exceptionally well informed on the Roman Empire) would do well to recognize that among those that were stationed, lived, settled and ultimately died by Hadrians wall included a number of Soldiers from Assyria, whom must have looked comparably to how Syrians and Iraqi's look now. I think the scrolls already mentioned also support that view, as does the gravestones. Maybe they intermarried, maybe they didnt. There seems no reason to assume they did not as they settled there.
That is not saying that historical reconstructions do not have a large degree of contemporary perspective in them. I recall a really a very good BBC documentary showing how historical drama's have always been beset by this degree of reinvention. There was a BBC drama in the 1970s that showed Anglo Saxon women growing up under the Roman Empire expressing views far closer to that of contemporary feminists of the 1970's than would have been likely in reality. Still, when you read that Romans seem to have been able in many cases to take slaves as wives (and at least in some cases seem to have been terribly fond of them by the size of the tombs they set up) then its pretty arrogant to assume there was not interracial relationships occurring.
There tends to be an assumption in the UK that Britain was entirely white up till about 1955. I can recall my surprise at finding a photograph of my local railway station sometime between 1912 and 1922, and noting the porter was Black. Im sure it wasn't common, but that didnt mean it didnt happen either.
Britain has always been a bastard nation. Im not sure why we are always in denial about it.