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The Cambridge Latin Course is set firmly in the cultural context of the Roman world in the first century AD. Book II focuses on life in two Roman provinces: first Roman Britain, then Roman Egypt.

The main language features of Book II include

  • Genitive and vocative, singular and plural, of nouns of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions
  • Pluperfect tense, all persons, of verbs of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th conjugations
  • Word order
  • Further pronouns
  • Adjectives of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions
  • Irregular verbs (volo, nolo, possum)
  • Relative clauses
  • Present infinitive
  • Present participle
  • Present imperative
  • Longer sentences with postquam, simulac etc.

The main civilisation topics include

  • Slavery and economy in Roman Britain
  • The Romans in Britain: the British tribes, Roman conquest and Romanisation, trade
  • The British king Cogidubnus
  • The palace at Fishbourne
  • Alexandria: the city, the Pharos, underwater discoveries
  • Egypt: craftmanship and peasant life
  • The worship of Isis
  • Medicine and science