Posted in Latin VII

Six days before the kalends of November

We used our class to-day to prepare our colloquy (dialogue).  It was decided that you will all present in class on Tuesday 8 November.  Your homework is to continue practising your lines.

An Ancient-Roman relief showing a schoolboy (discipulus) learning a poem from a scroll under the watchful eye of his schoolmaster (praeceptor).
An Ancient-Roman relief showing a schoolboy (discipulus) learning a poem from a scroll under the watchful eye of his schoolmaster (praeceptor).

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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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