Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

Four days before the ides of January

We spent most of to-day’s lesson on a particularly difficult task: hypothesising about a time period that we know little (the 5th to the 9th centuries AD).  We concluding by introducing Conjuguemos.

pensum: I would like you to complete 5 minutes a night of either Conjuguemos or Quizlet to refresh your memory of the vocabulary after the holidays.


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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