Posted in Latin VII

Nones of January

To-day we began our new unit of study by watching this little film about the lion and the mouse.  This kind of story is called a fable.

Here were our observations:

  • character
    • talking animals (lion and mouse)
    • each character has one trait
    • the lion learns a lesson
  • plot
    • animals help each other (return a favour)
    • the ending surprises the lion
    • the situation is reversed (the lion saves the mouse, and then the mouse saves the lion)
    • the lion has a change of heart
  • setting
    • in the jungle
    • in the past (‘many, many years ago’)
    • relatively fixed (can be changed, e.g., to the African plain, but not the modern city)
  • purpose
    • this story is didactic (its purpose is to teach us something)
    • the lesson is that one must help others, that showing kindness earns kindness in return, and that one should never understimate kindness

pensa (homework)

  • Write your own definition of what a fable is.
  • Bring your red binder next day.


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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