Posted in Latin VII

3 days before the kalends of October

To-day we concluded our discussion of Canada’s uniformed services.  The results of our discussion can be found in document 401a in the class folder on Google Drive.

Your homework (pensa) for Thursday 6 October:

  • Get your red binder up to date.  Use document 004 in the class folder on Google Drive to check what you’re missing.
  • Review all the vocabulary using Quizlet.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

3 days before the kalends of October

Having discussed a few episodes from Cæsar’s life, including his famous siege of Alesia during the Gallic Wars, we now turned our attention to the effects of the Gallic Wars in general.  We looked at the Gallic Wars’ influence …

  • … on Caesar
    • His influence grew through his victories, the growth of his province, and the increase in his wealth (spoils of war and taxes)
    • He became one of the dominant figures of Rome in competition with Pompey the Great, which led to a civil war
  • … on Gaul
    • Gaulish language and culture were lost owing to the process of Romanisation (colōniae)
    • After an initial loss of wealth and a loss of independence, Gaul grew prosperous from increased trade and new infrastructure
    • Clean water (aqueducts) and bathhouses, etc, raised the quality of life
  • … on Rome
    • The empire grew
    • Safety increased from having farther borders, greater access to troops, and a reputation as a world power
    • Access was opened to other parts of the world for conquest and for resources
    • Having looong inland borders eventually contributed to the fall of the empire
  • … and on us
    • Romano-Gallic culture influenced France (language)
    • Roman law (civil law) had a strong influence over European law (and Québec civil law) in later times
    • Roman art, architecture, laws, religion, etc, have had a strong influence on Western culture
    • The French language comes from Latin, despite the fact that they were ruled by Germanic kings in the Dark Ages
Above is a map showing all the provinces that Rome held at one time or another.  Notice the extraordinary size of Gaul (Gallia) in the west.
Above is a map showing all the provinces that Rome held at one time or another.  Notice the extraordinary size of Gaul (Gallia) in the west.


  • Continue your research for your parallel lives (doc. 406)
  • Memorise your vocabulary (docs. 101, 102, and 103), using Quizlet if you’d like

Note that we have a small probātio (quiz) on the vocabulary next Thursday.

Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

5 days before the kalends of October

To-day, we concluded our last reading from Cæsar’s life (doc. 405) and discussed our impressions of the man.  Some were enamoured by what he achieved, others questioned his motives … It was stimulating to hear everyone’s views!

We finished by clarifying the next step of our parallel-lives assignment (doc. 406).


  • Practise all the vocabulary so far (docs. 101, 102 and 103).  You are welcome to use the sets on Quizlet for this purpose.
  • Begin to research for your parallel-lives project (doc. 406, step 2).
Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

10 days before the kalends of October

To-day, we discussed the previous two readings from Plutarch’s biography of Julius Cæsar, and introduced your assignment to write your own set of parallel lives.


  1. Choose the two people about whom you will write (step 1 in doc. 406).
  2. Read the next extract from the life of Cæsar (doc. 405).
  3. Complete drill 502.  Remember to refer back to the vocabulary (docs. 101, 102 and 103).
Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)
Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)
Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

17 days before the kalends of October (15/9/16)

To-day in class we discussed the first part of Plutarch’s Life of Cæsar, and then went over the first and second conjugation again.  The document numbers in the list below refer to documents in the Class folder on Google Drive.


  1. Read the second part of the Life of Cæsar (doc. 403) and answer the question.  Make sure that your answer is in your personal Latin folder.
  2. Complete the drill that we started in class (doc. 501).


  • vocabulary (docs. 101 and 102)
  • long-vowel marks (macrons) for you to copy-and-paste if you’d like (doc. 003)
  • summary of the first and second conjugation (doc. 201, which is not yet uploaded).



Posted in Latin VII

Class 13 September 2016

Last class, we began our prōlūdium (preliminary study) into Canada’s uniformed services.  For next Tuesday (20 September), you need to …

  1. Open the Latin 7 Class Folder in Google Drive.  In the folder called 4 – Homework and assignments you will find a document called 401) The Uniformed Services.
  2. In document 401, scroll down to your name.  Beside your name you will see the name of an organisation.  You must do a little research into the organisation listed so that you can answer the four questions at the top of the document:
    1. What is it?
    2. Where is it?
    3. Why does it exist?
    4. How does it do what it does?
    5. Who is involved in it?
    6. When was it formed?
  3. Your answer does not need to be long.  Point-form is fine, with one sentence for each question.  We just want to get a broad overview of what’s happening in Canada before we turn to Ancient Rome.
  4. You can submit your answer on paper, or you can type it in a Google doc.  If you choose to type it, please label the document with the number 401 so that I can find it, and the file the document in your personal Latin folder (not the class folder)!

This is all due next Tuesday 20 September.  If you have any trouble, please send me an e-mail.