Posted in Latin VII

The day before the nones of April

To-day we as a class started putting together a grand timeline of Roman history, to serve as context for our next topic (which is historical).  If you have not finished two entries for the timeline, please complete them at home.  (We shall finish writing any remaining entries during the next lesson.)  If you have finished both your entries, nullum pensum tibi est.


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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