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Roman History: John Green’s Crash Course

John Green’s Crash Course in Roman History is about twelve and a half minutes well spent. Without seeming to breath, Green manages to cover a great deal of ground with a surprising amount of lucidity. For a quick introduction to Roman Republican Government and its down side, you could do worse. “When, if ever, is it OK to stab someone twenty-three time?” This is not a bad starting point for the discussion.


Latin Teaching: Some useful research links

Continuing on from my other post of useful things, below are some more handy on-line resources. These are more directed at research and cultural background, rather than language study



  • Rome Project


Dalton has been around for a while as a very useful site for links across all aspects of Ancient Rome.



  • Forum Romanum Project


Much like Google, this gives you a computer generated view of Ancient Rome. They describe themselves as follows:

The Forum Romanum is an on-line resource project funded by the VRoma NEH grant aimed at creating an on-line community that collects and makes available materials related to the Roman Forum. This web site contains a clickable map and text links that will carry visitors to information about major structures of the Roman Forum. Each page contains a description of the structure, its function and an image. Links to related stories, more images and maps, textbook connections, literary references, famous characters, and relevant web sites are included.



  • BBC – History: Romans


BBC History has useful essays dealing with aspects of Roman History and in particular Roman Britain.



  • Internet History Sourcebooks


The Internet History Sourcebooks have been on the web and have updated over time into a much more user friendly format.



  • De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families


This site contains a range of useful, referenced essays on the life of each Emperor. The coverage is less complete as the Principate moves on past  Late Antiquity in the Eastern Empire (Byzantium).



Latin: Increasing Year 12 numbers

After an article in the Melbourne Age on increasing Latin numbers, a colleague consulted the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) site to check the numbers of Year 12 students sitting the Latin paper over recent years. Below is a graph of, generally, increasing numbers. It would be fair to say that a number of independent schools have reintroduced Latin over the last decade. We are yet so see the full impact of these programs on Year 12 numbers.

12Latin Numbers1995-2014


Latin Teaching: Hexametric Scansion

The Year 11 and 12 students that I teach need to have a clear understanding of hexametric scansion. As a result, they need a clear understanding of dactylic hexametre. I have found a few resources along the way that help, including these two videos on Youtube that have been most helpful.

Dactylic Hexameter- Longs and Shorts

Dactylic Hexameter – Proper Metrical Technique

Latin Teaching: Some useful things

 Having taught Latin to secondary students for a number of years, I have found some useful things along the way, both for the study of the language and for the social-historical context. Below are listed a few things which may be old news for some, but perhaps not for others.

  • Perseus Digital Library



Perseus has been around for a while and is still a great source of texts. There are analytical tools available for translators along with dictionaries, translations and commentaries. In more recent times, the Hopper format has provided the ability to place a range of resources alongside in the window.

  • Livius – Articles on ancient history



Livius is a great site for matters relating to Roman History. It is particularly useful for biographical information on key Roman figures and is cross linked effectively.

  • UNRV



UNRV is less detailed than Livius, but a better resource for gaining a good overview of events and where they fit into the flow of history.

  • Forum Romanum



Forum Romanum contains a range of resources relating to the history of Ancient Rome. There is a  very useful text archive alongside scanned and indexed secondary historical resources, albeit a little dated.