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The day before the nones of October

Today we discussed the links, similarities and differences between European-Canadian colonisation of British Columbia and the Roman conquest of Gaul.  To that end, we looked particularly at the exhibit Unceded Territories that we saw on Tuesday and at the example of the Cowichan sweater.  Some highlights were:

  • transition from traditional, manual crafts for subsistence to commercial work, in part because of the Great Depression
  • change of materials or works because of new technology
  • the incidental changing of culture through trade and imbalances in power or numbers
  • the purposeful changing of culture through residential schools (Canada) or colōniae (Rome)


Continue work on your parallel lives (doc. 406).  In particular:

  • continue your research
  • select the three events for each subject
  • begin composing your outline


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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