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Latin year 2 final portfolio

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My Latin Year 2 Final Portfolio

By
Peter Bacas

Choose a translation that best reflects your progress through latin year 2
I feel that learning the participles gave me the most trouble this past year. As of right now, I feel that I have mostly learned this material. The reason I say mostly, is that when I am translating a story or a sentence on a test, I sometimes blow over it. Yet when I go back and slow down, I catch the mistake and I do fix it. However, it is not yet as fluent as my noun and verbs endings.
As for mastering this material, I feel that if I keep doing what I'm doing and writing out charts and slowing down when I translate, I'll very easily overcome this challenging material and It'll flow just as easily as my noun and verb endings.
What grammatical topics gave you the most trouble this year?
I choose the Britannia perdor translation from stage 23 as my example of my growth this year.

Salvius was anxious to have a talk with Memor. Several slaves were ordered to run after Memor.
Servant: Master, King Cogidubnus has arrived here. The king is wearing a toga with a purple boarder and an ornament Many armed men lead in front of him.
Memor: The King is lead with armed men? The toga has a purple boarder?
Salvius: Cogidubnus, suspects us, and seeks revenge. Memor, it is necessary for me to help you. He is not a Roman. He is a barbarian.

Enter Cogidubnus. Holding a hand written letter, that Cephalus wrote.

Cogidubnus: Memor, prepare yourself for an ambush. You ordered Cephalus to prepare a poison to kill me. But Cephalus, being your ex-slave, revealed all to me.
Memor: Cogidubnus, why do you say that, it is absurd. Cephalus is dead.
Cogidubnus: Cephalus was a man of good sense. You are not trusted. You are unwilling to obey. As soon as I gave the order, Cephalus wrote a letter revealing all to me. The servant, that Cephalus sent, gave the letter to me.
Memor: this is false information, the servants is lying.
Cogidubnus: You, Not the servant, is lying. The servant for, has suffered much torture, my opinion remains the same.
Salvius: Cogidubnus, why were you lead by so many armed men?
Cogidubnus: Memor already has been dismissed from the baths.
Memor: What do you mean? you have been dismissed? I am innocent. Salv......
Salvius: King Cogidubnus, who did this? You, who is a barbarian, dare to remove a Roman diviner? How dare you! You, who have received such an honorable position from us, never satisfied me. We have been annoyed with you. Now finally, You've entered the house with armed men, openly showing your treachery Emperor Dominitianus, has endured your arrogance for a long time, and I recently sent a letter to him. This letter has ordered the kingdom to take over your land. I therefore order you to return to your palace.
Cogidubnus: Look this roman justice! It is loyal! No one would be treachery towards a Roman. This is stupid, I've had trust in the Romans until now. My friends have been betrayed; I now loose my kingdom. Once some time ago, The romans were deceiving, I accepted their oranament of such a powerful position. What ornament is that today, I don't give to the romans, I throw it to the ground. Salvius send this letter to the emperor, "We have at last conquered Cogidubnus. Britain is now conquered."

The old man, spoke this, and slowly exited through the door.

I feel that his translation really shows my growth over the past year because it is one of my last translations of the year. If you compared this current translation to one of my translations for latin year 1, you will noticed an increased in fluidity as well as a growth for how each sentence and paragraph makes sense and flows together to make a story.
Compare and contrast your 2 videos for your Latin final and reflect upon each of them
To the right is my Latin year 2 1st attempt and my Latin year 2 2nd attempt at my final. In my first video, I had very little knowledge on any of the advanced material that I would be learning in Latin year 2. Because of this, I'd say my answers for the 1st attempt are mediocre at best with some lucky guesses. When we get to my 2nd attempt, we noticed a better understanding of Latin. My answers to the grammatical questions are not guess and are based off of what I've learned this past year. Yes, there were some questions that I had to guess on just because I did not complete all the way up to stage 28 and therefor did not learn all the material that was on the sheet. Overall though, I felt that I did improve quite a lot in Latin year 2. While my growth is not as distinct as during year 1, I did grow greatly grammatically and in my translations.

How has Latin increased the range of your vocabulary?
Latin has increased the range of my vocabulary in many ways. The one that I find the most useful is Latin in Chemistry. Many of our modern day elements have names that are derived from both Greek and Latin names. Here are some examples.
Gold, Au -> Aurum
Iron, Fe -> Ferrum
Lead, Pb -> Plumbum
Copper, Cu -> Cuprum
Potassium, K -> Kalium
While we still refer to them by there english names in class (gold 3+), when it comes to writing them down, they are writen as
Ferrus III
or
Ferrus II
This has in turned help me grasp and memorize some the elements much easier and faster.

Choose 2 culture topics that you are most proud of
I Choose
Stage 21's Aquae Sulis and its baths
and
Stage 24's Roman travel and communication
Stage 21
Aquae Sulis and its baths
Here is my post about Aquae Sulis and it's baths

Aquae sulis was an anceint roman town that housed one of the largest bath houses in the romen empire. It was comprised of the Sacred Spring, The Baths, and The Temple.

The Sacred Spring was a place that worshipers threw items into. Many believed it was sacred all because of the "magical" water that flowed into it. Some items that have been found in it are coins, jewelry, and silver and pewter cups.

The Main Bath complex was possibly the largest set of baths west of rome ever built. It had 3 main baths which were filled with water by lead pipes, which are still operable today. It also had a suite filled with hot baths heated by a hypocaust. Many people traveled for miles to get to aquae sulis. Many visited in hopes that miracles will happen for them.

The Temple was built in the bathing complex because many people thought that the flowing rivers must mean that they are in a sacred place. So a Temple was built. The Sacred Spring was constructed in this part of the bathing complex. many people came to worship here while visiting the baths.

I am proud of this culture because of the depth that I went into it. Most of my culture posts do not go this deep into the ancient Roman culture. This really shows just how much I grasped this one particular culture section.
Stage 24
Roman Travel and Communication
Stage 24 Culture-Roman Travel and Communication
Ancient Roman travel and communication was excellent for the time period. In fact most of the roads today are arched a little like the Romans to proved for drainage However, a roman road is much different then a modern day road. Their roads that the Romans built had multiple layers of a footing, concrete and the surface layer which dug down into the ground roughly 4 feet. Their roads were however curved just like modern roads for two reasons though. First, it was for drainage. On each side of the road were drainage ditches that rain would go into and off of the road. But more importantly to the Romans, it gave their marching armies a good view of the landscape to make it easy to see attacking armies since the road was typically higher then the rest of the ground. Along the sides of the roads, were mileage stones to show how far the next city is. The roads were very useful for the roman economy in the way that goods, merchants, and even people traveled along these roads. Besides the roads, the Romans also made several river barges for the flow of even larger amounts of goods and people to be able to travel on the river. This was very popular, however sailing was restricted to "sailing season" which occurred between march and November. And even then, it was not always a safe tip.

I am proud of this one because I find that learning how past civilizations talked amongst each other. And I really found this a very interesting topic to learn and write about. And overall, I found it very interesting how the Romans traveled and communicated which did lay a base for modern travel and communication.
Triumphs and set-backs this year
This past year, I had many triumphs and also had several set-backs. I personally feel that almost all of my triumphs came from the grammar sections. In these sections, I felt I grasp the material very easily and I think it reflected on my tests that way as well. As for my set backs, it's easy for me to say that the translations, english to latin sentences, and vocab were my biggest struggles. These sections commonly held me back from moving on in the stage work.

From this, I learned that as a student, I just need to slow down and take each section one step at a time. If I did that, then not only would I have progressed further, but I also believe that Latin would have a much stronger impact on my english vocabulary. Moving forward, I can apply what I've learned here to all my future courses, especially heading into Finals!
How do you see your life connecting to the ancient Romans and this "dead" language?
Being that I'm greek, I feel that I have a much stronger cultural connection to the ancient Romans being that my culture dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. I'm also connecting to this dead language even more now since I'm starting to learn greek. And what I'm finding is that Greek is similar in so
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