Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

Fourteen days before the kalends of February

To-day we had quite a varied class!  We started out by practising with Conjuguemos, reintroduced oral drilling, and worked through a worksheet that uses the vocabulary in context.  These three activities all focus on verbs and their conjugation.  We finished the class by looking at Quest, a programme and web application that allows one to build text adventures.

pensum: Find a book (encyclopædia, scholarly work, picture book, …) that includes some information on the Middle Ages, and scan and read it using document 409 as a guide.


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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