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).


The Arval Brethren were one of eldest of the many priestly colleges of the religion of the Ancient Roman state, tending to the cult of dea Dia, a nature-goddess, and of the ancestors so as to ensure a good harvest. During the reign of the emperor Augustus, the college was used as a tool of imperial unity and control. The term ‘arval’ comes from ‘arvum’, which means ‘a ploughed field’, and reflects their agricultural origin.

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