Posted in Latin VII

Fifteen days before the kalends of December

We devoted most of to-day’s lesson to applying papier-mâché to the landscape of our model of the Roman army in action.  We finished almost all the modules … well done!


pensum: We shall soon begin populating the model.  Please begin doing some research so that you will be able to create an accurate representation of the Roman army, and so that you will have something to talk about when it comes time to present your work to others.


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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