Posted in Latin VII

Six days before the ides of November

We had a relaxed lesson to-day.  We started out playing Quizlet Live to review our vocabulary, and we spent the balance of our time building the landscape for our model.  We are going to try to begin the papier-mâché next week.

We also looked at the scorecard with which you will score your condiscipulī when we present our colloquy on Thursday (or, failing that, Tuesday).  Remember that there is a prize for the group with the highest score!


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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