Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

Eight days before the kalends of November

To-day we split into groups and practised our verbs by composing Latin sentences for others to translate into English.  Remember to approach all Latin methodically: find the verb, interpret its ending, and then deal with the rest.

We have a probātio (quiz) on Thursday.  It is only concerned with verbs (no other vocabulary).  There are ten questions: six are on endings, and only four on the vocabulary, so learn your endings!  Remember that you can use Quizlet to practise your vocabulary.

If you have not already done so, please complete part B of assignment 503.  If you have completed that, you have no homework.


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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