Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

Three days before the ides of October

Today we played a board game to practise the verbs of the first and second conjugation.  Well done to all of you!

nullum pensum uōbīs est: you have no homework!  The outline of your parallel lives should already be done (if not, you’d better get on that …).  I will provide some feedback on your outline over the weekend, and you will have time in class next week to work on the assignment itself.  The final due date is Tuesday 25 October.


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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