Seventh graders are expanding their understanding of both Latin and the Roman world. Our Latin stories have taken us from the crowded streets of suburban Rome to the bustling shops and taverns, and the public games in the Circus Maximus where chariot races are the main attraction. We have encountered people from all walks of Roman life, from the emperor (imperator) and the senators (senatores) to merchants (mercatores), businessmen (negotiatores), slaves (servi), liars (mendaces), and thieves (fures). We have even met a pet parrot (psittacus) that likes to squawk, Tu es mendax! (you are a liar). Along the way, we have increased our Latin vocabulary and tackled new grammatical constructions. Until next time, Vale! Be well!