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Distinguished Women of Ancient Rome Posted by on May 10, 2010

Despite the fact that women were barred from holding public office and participating in other freedoms enjoyed by men, some ancient Roman women wielded considerable power. In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d give tribute to some of the famous or should I say infamous mothers of ancient Rome. Valeria Messalina was the third…

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The Indirect Object Posted by on May 7, 2010

The indirect object states who is receiving or benefiing from the action being performed by the subject. So whenever you do something “to” someone or “for” someone, that’s the indirect object. The indirect object is also called the dative. We will look at the dative of the second declension. 1) Virō fābulam narrō = I am telling…

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The Ablative Plural Posted by on May 4, 2010

Can you tell the difference between these two sentences? (1) Ad īnsulam nāvigat cum scaphā (2) Ad īnsulam nāvigat cum scaphīs Everything is identical except for “scaphā” and “scaphīs”. As you know, “scaphā” means “boat”, but what does “scaphīs” mean? Scaphīs is the plural ablative, which means that instead of “boat”, it’ll be “boats”. The…

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Worst Ancient Roman Emperors Posted by on May 1, 2010

Who are your picks for worst ancient Roman emperors? Here are mine : 4) Lucius Aurelius Commodus Antoninus. The number four spot goes to Commodus for :  A) killing helpless and crippled people in gladitorial feats, while he was dressed as Hercules. B) being paranoid of being killed and killing senators like Condianus and Maximus and…

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