Latin, Roman Culture for Kids

Latin Etiquette

When you meet someone or leave from any gathering, you should wish the people present a good day or good evening.  Italians who are friends greet each other with a kiss, usually on the left cheek and then on the right.  When you meet a person for the first time, you should shake hands. Italy

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Latin Travel Destinations

You can visit a few of the smaller towns of the region, explore some of the medieval ruins, go hiking in the foothills and the mountains,  and even visit the churches and cathedrals to see their architecture. Recommended places to visit include: La Riserva Naturale Monte Rufeno is a 7,000-acre nature reserve on the borders

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Latin Festivals and Holidays

There are many festivals in and around the region. Festa di Primavera is the Spring Festival.  There are a series of concerts planned each year and tours to churches, monuments and places of historical interest are organized. Natalie di Roma is the Birth of Rome celebration.  It is held on April 21st each year to

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Latin History

The Italian word Lazio comes from the Latin word Latium.  Latini is the common language that’s spoken and passed on to the city-state of Ancient Rome.  In Roman mythology, the tribe of the Latini took their name from King Latinus.  The larger territory of land occupied by the Latini was called Latium.  It was divided

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Latin Cuisine

Vegetables are a very big part of everyone’s diet.  They are cooked with oil, herbs, and garlic.  Sometimes anchovies are also added.  The meat dishes are usually less quality beef and pork and are heavy and over-flavored.  Chicken, rabbit, and snail are popular. Pasta, especially the larger types like bucatini and conchiglie, are most favored.

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Latin Children’s Stories

The Romans believed in many different gods and goddesses.  Their collection of gods was called the Pantheon.  Latin stories were myths and legends about these figures.  The Roman gods were a mix of Latin and Greek. Some important gods and goddesses included Jupiter, Juno, Mars, Venus, Minerva, Neptune, Ceres, Vulcan, Diana, Bacchus, Mercury, and Vesta.

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Latin Children’s Songs

Latin children’s songs were a combination of lullabies, chants, finger plays, and rhymes.  The lyrics were about children’s toys and activities, about holidays and fun times. Dona Nobis Pacem Dormi Fili, Dormi! Lalla, Lalla, Lalla Personet Hodie Veni Veni Emmanuel Give Us Peace Sleep Son, Sleep! Lalla, Lalla, Lalla (a lullaby) This Day Resounds O

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Common Latin Names for Boys and Girls

Boys’ Names Boy’s names included Lucas, Abantiades, Zorian, Jovan, Ace, Bastian, Luke, Adrian, Andrew, Anthony, Luka, Magnus, Valentin, and Archilles. Girls’ Names Girls’ names included Aurelle, Mia, Dabria, Caca, Kira, Bella, Iana, Babriela, Cacilia, Cacelia, Arabella, Adriana, Aapril, Adelina and Emily. Online Latin lessons for kids:

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Latin Fashion – Then and Now

Children’s fashion was the same as that of an adult but only in a smaller version.  The clothing varied from region to region. On a boy’s sixteenth or seventeenth birthday, he dressed in a white tunic. The day ended with a dinner party given by the father for the boy’s “coming of age” symbolizing becoming

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Latin Early Education

Only children from wealthy families went to school.  Poorer families could not afford school and they needed their children home to help with work. Often these children were taught by their parents at home. Some wealthy families hired schoolmasters to teach their children at home.  Schools were one room and held about 12 students in

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Latin Fun Facts

Latin was the language spoken by ancient Romans. Latin was considered to be the language of scholarship and international communication during the medieval times. A number of classics were originally written in Latin. Latin is one of the most concise languages. Latin is considered to be most derivative literature in Europe. Most of the English

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