Vocabulary list for A2 Latin

Dear David

Could I possibly put out a plea to ARLT members via your website?

I am trying to put together a list of commonly used poetical vocabulary for the A2 examination, which features a compulsory verse unseen (currently hexameters from Ovid). OCR do not offer a defined vocabulary list for A2, and I was wondering whether any teachers have compiled a starter list (say, 50 to 100 items) of very common poetical vocabulary such as pontus, tellus, numen, nata/ natus etc. Or perhaps there is a book out there which has a useful and compact list? I know that Roy Hyde’s Latin Unseen Translation has useful Word Lists at the back, but I am really looking for a manageable list of the most important poetical vocabulary which can give my Lower Sixth to revise over the summer. If all else fails I will have a go at compiling such a list myself and contributing it to the ARLT resources page, but I was wondering whether anybody has got there before me!

Many thanks



Events in Chester

Thanks to Brian Bishop for this:

Colleagues may like to note the Roman activities in the Chester City Council
Exhibitions and Events leaflet June to September (www.chester.gov.uk):

Mon. to Fri. to 6 July: Archaeologists in the Park;
Various in June & July: The Deva Victix Roman Military Display team;
July 14 & 15: National Archaeology Days.

Constantine III is today's free online ODNB life

For just this week you can read the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography life of this minor Roman emperor free, here.

Peter Salway's article on Roman Britain is available, free, here.

As I have mentioned before, you can read all the biographies if you are a member of the public library in any of the English counties that have a block subscription.

People featured on the link page today include Frank Whittle, Patience Strong and the 150th birthday boy, Elgar. I shall have a little more respect for Patience Strong and her uplifting verse after reading the Life.

Romans on the Mendips

This article in the Weston Mercury puzzled me. The references were all so out of date. Then I saw the footnote:
This article, edited by Jill Bailey, was originally published on May 4, 1972

Life was always hard for the lead miners who toiled on the uplands of Mendip, but probably never more so than when the Romans were their masters. We do not know the system by which the Romans worked the chief mining area at Charterhouse, but we can be certain that there were no union agreements on pay and hours of work!

In the Roman invasion of AD 32 the advance across the Western counties was made by the Second Augustan Legion under the command of that brilliant, ruthless leader Vespasian, who himself later became Emperor. He is said to have fought 30 battles in the campaign and captured 20 native fortresses, including the mighty one at Maiden Castle near Dorchester. It is also thought that the Second Augustan Legion were the conquerors of Worlebury. If so, the savagery of the Roman soldier lies imprinted on the skulls found in pits in the camp.

The Romans were here for what they could get. The fact that within six years of their invasion they were exporting lead from the Mendip mines suggests that they lost no time in putting prisoners of war and general slave labour to work on extracting Mendip's mineral wealth.

J W Gough, in his 'The Mines of Mendip' comments that, according to Pliny, Britain became the chief source of lead in the Roman Empire, and that it was found so abundantly near the surface of the ground that a law was passed to limit production.

Mendip was an important centre of production. “Most probably the Romans set the native population to work in the mines,” says Gough, “or used the labour of slaves and prisoners-of-war, or condemned prisoners. The mines were well known to be the destiny of enemies captured in war….”

Read the rest, with photos.