Posted in Latin IX, Latin VIII

Seven days before the kalends of March

This morning, …

  1. we began by practising our endings on Conjuguemos (with the activity, Nominatives and accusatives);
  2. we continued by listening to the terms in context in the Gloria from Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (link below);
  3. we looked at the following three examples; and
    1. Marcus habet librum.
    2. puerī pilam habent, sed puellae nōn habent pilam.
    3. populus nōs amat.
  4. we concluded with a quiz.


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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