Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

The day before the ides of January

To-day we began with a quick vocabulary check, in which most of you did quite well (4/5).  We then looked at the first chapter of Asser’s Life of Alfred to develop our understanding of the early Middle Ages.

nullum pensum uōbīs est.

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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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