Saint Patrick's Journey
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When I was a boy, I went to a Roman school where I was taught reading, writing and arithmetic. We used quills for pens, and vellum to write on, and we made ink out of berries and tree bark. We used an abacus to count with and of course, everything was in Latin particularly our 'oratory' lessons which were the art of public speaking.

Did you know that, even today, doctors still use Latin terms to describe parts of the body? And scientists use Latin names for living things such as plants and animals. In fact, the word for a human being is 'homo sapiens' which means 'thinking man'.

Have a go at the Latin activity: you'll be surprised how much you know already!

 

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