As Rome fights not just for victory but for its very survival during the second Punic War (218-201BCE) against Carthage and its great leader Hannibal, students in Latin I, Latin II and Latin III have communicated their views as Roman Senators in speeches on key issues.
Most Creek Senators have urged their peers to fight on after two crushing defeats in 218 and 217 BCE, but some members of the Latin III class felt that enough men had died and spoke for peace.
After recapturing Capua, the second largest city of the Roman confederacy, the scholars debated to what extent traitorous Capua must be punished. Though their response was more lenient than the actual punishment was centuries ago, you would not want to have been the Capuans!
Latin IV scholars have finished their text (a great accomplishment) and are now studying and reading selections from Vergil’s epic poem, the “Aeneid”. They have compared our translation of the first eleven lines of the “Aeneid” to the translations of three classical scholars (about 30 years apart), seeing which is most true to the Latin and how their times (1951, 1981 and 2006) may have influenced their translations.