Learning Classics is a bit like putting on a magic pair of 3-D glasses. Once you start delving into the language and the culture, you'll start to see it all around you. This blog is a record of the club's journey through the worlds and language of ancient Rome and Greece... and through modern times, too, searching for the influence of classics all around us. You'll also be able to find vocab, home tasks, links and generally enlightening info here, too.

05 December 2015

Lesson 10 - Saturnalia optima omnibus!

The first half of our lesson saw us recapping all the language we'd learned this term: the present tense endings 't' and 'nt', imperatives and negative imperatives, nominatives, accusatives, plurals, singulars, genders and adjectival agreement - phew! If you want to have another go at the game you all played so brilliantly, it can be found here.

Blame the Romans for
paper hats
And after such hard work, a little bit of fun. 'Tis the season to be merry, but we found out today about how many of our current Christmas traditions come from the Roman winter festival of Saturnalia. Present giving? Roman. Partying? Roman. Silly hats? Roman. Even those cute gingerbread men may have their origins in the Saturnalian tradition of baking biscuits in the shape of people. So to make sure our nearest and dearest are aware of just how Roman we're being right now, we made some Saturnalia cards showing a splendid pileus-wearing reveller, and containing our best seasonal wishes - in Latin, of course.

Sabir's Saturnalia surprise
And then, of course, we couldn't let Saturnalia pass without the traditional exchange of sigillaria. (Well, OK, I thought books might be a better choice, especially when they're the fantastic Roman Mysteries series!)

Optimae feriae vobis omnibus, et vobiscum novo anno congrediar!

Happy holidays to you all and see you in the New Year!
valete omnes!