Adapted from Tacitus Dē vitā Gnaeī Iūliī Agricolae
Trebellius, et nullīs castrōrum , provinciam . iam barbarī quoque , et civilium armorum iustam : sed militēs disciplīnam si habent. Trebellius iram suī vitavit, atque mox ducebat nec . consilium cēperant, exercitūs suam habebant, duxque habēbat. fuit sine sanguine. nec Vettius Bolanus, quamquam manet adhuc civile bellum, agitāvit Britanniam disciplīnā: fuit ad hostēs, fuit similis castrorum. Bolanus tamen nihil et habēbat .
sed ubi cum Vespasianus et Britanniam , magnī ducēs, exercitūs, hostium . et terrorem statim Petilius Cerialis, Brigantum civitatem, quae numerōsissima provinciae totius est, adgressus. Multa , et non ; magnamque Brigantum partem aut victoriā est aut bellō. maximus erat Cerialis; solum alius maximus potuit illum superare cura famaque: subiit que Iulius Frontinus, vir magnus, quantum licēbat, que et Silurum gentem armīs , super virtūtem hostium locōrum quoque difficultātēs .
Operatives, you may remember that adverbs show how an action is done. Imagine the verb "to watch." You can watch something happily, or angrily, or quickly, or carefully, or in a myriad of other ways. Sometimes you'll want to compare how two people do something, and for that, Operatives, Latin uses a comparative adverb.
How does it work? Let's imagine two people: Salvia and her father. Perhaps both are watching Cogidubnus carefully - Salvia et pater Cogidubnum dīligenter spectant. But who is watching more carefully? If it's Salvia, we say Salvia Cogidubnum dīligentius quam pater spectat. But if it's her father, we say pater Cogidubnum dīligentius quam Salvia spectat.
Notice what happened in both examples? "dīligenter" changed to "dīligentius", and Latin used quam to mean "than". Latin sometimes also uses a slightly different structure to express the same idea; for example, we could also say Salvia Cogidubnum dīligentius patre spectat or pater Cogidubnum dīligentius Salviā spectat. Here, instead of using "quam," Latin chooses to put the second person into the Ablative case! In both cases, however, Latin uses the ending -ius to indicate a comparative adverb.
Operative, the TSTT seems to be in a very slight rut here, with the convincing the king about how bad the Romans really are, at least where their subjects are concerned. Operatives should look carefully at the leader, Boudicca, and specifically the culminating battle of Watling Street. Another important question to consider is why the emperor Nero would replace his victorious general, Paulinus, with someone else.
The appearance in 17.2.b of a rather startling new character would seem to initiate something new--the idea that there were Romans who had different ideas. We suggest beginning some serious research on the lives of women in the Early Empire. Consulting this source is also advised by Mission Control.
Additionally, you may want to watch the following TED video about the lives of four Roman sisters:
Directions: Copy and paste each sentence into your attunement form, completing it with the correct word in parentheses. Then translate the sentence into English.
1. cībus huius coquī parābatur (melior, melius) quam cībus illius coquī.
2. Recentiī custōdes (faciliōres, facilior, facilius) superāverant.
3. canis cucurrit (celerius, celerior) quam Tiberius.
4. milites pugnābant (fortior, fortius, fortiores) quam hostes.
5. puella ad forum ambulat (lentiōra, lentius, lentior) quam fēminae.
6. rex salīvit (altior, altius) quam Septimus.
7. Sextus dicit (clarius, clarior) quam fratrēs suī.
8. Scipio Carthaginem (ferocior, ferocius) petīvit.
Directions: Using the immersions for 17.2, answer the following questions in complete Latin sentences.
1. in initiō, quid dixit Scipio?
2. cūr Salvius potentēsque regem occīdent?
3. quī conspexistis extrā turbam in aedibus regis?
4. audīvistisne vocem Salviae anteā?
5. quid gerit Salvia?
6. amatne Salvius Salviam?
7. quid est cōnsilium Salviae?
Directions : Answer the following comprehension questions based on the KEY-TEXT in complete sentences.
1. How is Trebellius (and his governence) described by Tactitus?
2. What did the Britanni learn about existing peacefully with the Romans?
3. What was the effect of limited military campaigns on the soldiers?
4. As time goes on, how do his soldiers react? To what does Tactitus compare this?
5. How does Bolanus carry out his command? Is it different than Trebellius?
6. Who does Vespasian inspire? What does this new commander (and his successors) decide to do?