Cambridge Latin Course

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Book 1

 Stage    Name    Cultural context Main language feature Stories
 1 Caecilius
  • Pompeii
  • Caecilius and Metella's household
  • Houses in Pompeii
  • Word order in sentences with est
  • Word order in sentences without est
  • Nominative singular
  • Cerberus 
 2
 in villa
  • Pompeian daily life 
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Nominative and accusative singular
  • Sentence pattern nominative + accusative + verb
  • mercator
  • in triclinio 
 3 negotium
  • Pompeian town life and business 
  • Nominative and accusative singular of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declensions
  • in foro
  • pitor
  • tonsor
  • venalicius 
 4 in foro
  • The forum at Pompeii
  • Finance and the law courts
  • 1st and 2nd persons singular present, including sum, es
  • Hermogenes
  • in basilica
 5 in theatro 
  • The theatre
  • Actors and performances
  • Pantomimes and comedies 
 
  • Nominative plural
  • 3rd person plural present 
  • actores
  • Poppaea 
 6 Felix        
  • Slaves and freedmen 
  • Imperfect and perfect (v-stems) in 3rd person singular and plural
  • erat and erant 
  • pugna
  • Felix
  • Felix et fur 
 7 cena
  • Burial customs
  • Beliefs about life after death 
  • Sentence pattern accusative + verb
  • Perfect tense (other than v-stems) 
  • fabula mirabilis
  • Decens
  • post cenam
  • Metella et Melissa 
 8 gladiatores
  • The amphitheatre 
  • Gladiatorial shows 
  • Accusative plural.
  • Superlative adjectives. 
  • gladiatores
  • in arena
  • venatio
  • pastor et leo 
 9thermae 
  • The Roman baths 
  • Dative singular and plural.
  • ego, tu: nominative, dative, accusative
  • Sentence pattern nominative + dative + accusative + verb 
  • in palaestra
  • in taberna
  • in apodytero
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 10 rhetor
  • The Roman education system
  • Books and writing materials 
  • 1st and 2nd persons plural present including esse
  • Comparative adjectives 
  • controversia
  • statuae
  • anulus Aegyptius 
 11 candiati
  • Pompeii
  • Elections and local government
  • Intransitive verbs with dative
  • Sentence pattern nominative + dative + verb
  • placet
  • nos, vos: nominative, dative, and accusative
  • Different ways of asking questions
  • Marcus et Quartus
  • Sulla
  • Lucius Spurius Pomponianus 
 12 Vesuvius
  • The eruption of Vesuvius
  • The excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • 1st and 2nd persons (singular and plural) imperfect and perfect
  • 1st and 2nd persons (singular and plural) imperfect of esse
  • tremores
  • ad urbem
  • ad villam
  • finis
 
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