Posted in Latin VII

Nine days before the kalends of March

To-day we continued reading the dialogue 302.  Using the following process:

  1. Find all the verbs and conjunctions that connect them.
  2. Analyse the verbs: what are their stems, vowels and endings?
    Render each verb in English.
  3. Find all the nominative noun, if there be one.  This is the subject of the verb.
    Adjust your English rendering accordingly.
  4. Find all the accusative nouns, if there be any.  They are (most likely) the direct object of the verb.
    Add them to your translation.
  5. Account for any remaining words (like -ne).
    Complete your translation.
  6. Check your work.


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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