Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PDP #225: The House of Caecilius

Plenty of people find it odd when I mention that while I stopped studying French in Grade 10, I studied Latin all throughout high school. There are some schools that do still offer Latin programs, and Barrie Central Collegiate in the late '90s was one of them. The curriculum was based on the Cambridge Latin Course coursebooks, focusing first on a family living in the last days of Pompeii - Lucius Caecilius Iucundus, his wife, his son, their dog and their slaves.

Caecilius, at least, was a real person, though more recent discoveries suggest that he died a considerable time before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 0079. While in Pompeii back in 1998, one of the places we stopped at was his house on Stabiae Street, where two thousand years ago Caecilius in horto sedet.

I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide. In case this is not legally possible, I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

1 comment:

  1. I loved French and took it throughout high school and it was my elective in university.

    I took Latin for about a week in grade 9 ... ha!