Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

Six days before the ides of November

I was a little late this morning because I was helping with the Grade 5s to-day, so you had a little time to research for your artefact assignment.  (Thank you for being so patient!)  I really like the ideas that you are coming up with … keep it up!

We spent the balance of class time looking a little at nouns.  Your homework is to put this into practice with drill 504 (questions 1-9).


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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