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A series of Latin textbooks which has [[CaptainObvious some association with Cambridge]]. Due to the lack of Latin textbooks it basically became the only one used in the UK for the past forty years, causing most former classics students to remember it. It even got a shout-out in Series/DoctorWho.

Someone decided the best way to teach Latin was to write a set of stories in the language most of which link in an arc...sort of. This forms the main part of the course.

Not to be confused with ''EcceRomani'', the equivalent Latin textbook sometimes used in the US, published by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prentice_Hall Prentice Hall]].
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!! These textbooks provide examples of:

* BigBad: Salvius. ( And Vesuvius as well, in a sense.)
* DoomedHometown: The first book is set in ''Pompeii''.
* DirtyCoward - Modestus
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everybody dies in the Mt. Vesuvius eruption, the end.]]
* ElvesVsDwarves: Occurs in "The Debate", with the Greeks being Elves and the Romans being Dwarves:
-->Quintus: [The Romans] are the the strongest. We triumph over the ferocious barbarians. We have [[TheRomanEmpire the largest empire]].
-->Alexander: Us Greeks are creators. You look at Greek statues, you read Greek books, and listen to Greek rhetors.
* FlashBack: Book 2 provided a not only a flashback [[HowWeGotHere of Clemens time in between Britannia and Pompeii ]] but a flashback inside this flashback.
* ForegoneConclusion: Again, the first book takes place in ''Pompeii''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Grumio ancillam delectat!
* LoveTriangle: Bulbus loves Vilbia, Vilbia wants Modestus...
* PostscriptSeason: So the writers end the first book with the explosion of Vesuvius and [[KillEmAll everybody dies]], or so we think. Caecilius the main character dies onscreen. It doesn't exactly give the impression there was going to be another book. Then in Book 2 we discover his son miraculously survives and the action is shifted elsewhere. Also, Book IV had ''a lot'' of {{filler}} arcs, don't you think? Who cares about ThoseTwoGuys at Bath and random weddings? Get back to Salvius and his evil!
* PrayerOfMalice: ''Defixiones'' thrown into the holy spring at Aquae Sulis.
* PutOnABus: Clemens leaves the series toward the end of book 2... by staying in Alexandria to run his glass shop. It's looking more like a [[LongBusTrip Long Bus Trip]] now, though.
* TheRomanEmpire: Well duh
* RelationshipSabotage: Bulbus curses Modestus for stealing Vilbia.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Modestus and Strythio.
* TookALevelInBadass: Quintus starts out as kind of a loser. As the series continues, he ends up [[spoiler:killing alligators in Book 2, thwarting poison plots in Book 3, and prosecuting against Salvius in a Roman court in Book 4]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Caecillius is a real moneylender who actually lived in pre-Vesuvius Pompeii, his real life wife was called Metella, quite a few of the anecdotes in the book are based on the writings that he left behind. But Caecillius actually died in a earthquake 10 years before the destruction of Pompeii.
** Given a blink-and-you'll-miss-it ShoutOut near the end of Book 1, mentioning the earthquake but changing the actual happening a little - Iulius asks why Caecilius wasn't scared of the enormous cloud and ashes, and he replies, "'iamprīdem terra tremuit. iamprīdem tremōrēs vīllās et mūrōs dēlēvērunt. sed larēs vīllam meam et familiam meam servāvērunt." ("a long time ago, the ground shook. A long time ago, the tremors destroyed houses and walls. But the household gods saved my family and my house.)
** The Vilbia curse is actually real. It was one of the many curses that was tossed into the spring at Aqua Sulis (known to you and me as Bath) and is one of the more famous of them.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Grumio. Kind of. The obvious answer is that he died in Vesuvius... but the book never clarifies. He just kind of disappears after the first story in Stage 12.
** Grumio abandoned Caecelius and his family (according to a workbook) and eventually escaped to Britannia, but ended up fleeing there after finding out one of the people he abandoned, Quintus, was coming to visit.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Said by Salvius to Belimicus after serving him poisoned food.
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13th Mar '13 7:32:03 PM QuarterDollar
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everybody dies in the Mt. Vesuviius eruption, the end.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everybody dies in the Mt. Vesuviius Vesuvius eruption, the end.]]
13th Mar '13 7:31:55 PM QuarterDollar
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everybody dies in the Mt. Vesuviius eruption, the end.]]
26th Feb '13 5:15:28 AM Namacub95
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* DirtyCoward - Modestus
27th Dec '12 6:57:50 PM fenrisulfur
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**Grumio abandoned Caecelius and his family (according to a workbook) and eventually escaped to Britannia, but ended up fleeing there after finding out one of the people he abandoned, Quintus, was coming to visit.
17th Jun '12 5:09:16 PM SantosLHalper
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-->Alexander: Us Greeks are creators. You look at Greek statuess, you read Greek books, and listen to Greek rhetors.

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-->Alexander: Us Greeks are creators. You look at Greek statuess, statues, you read Greek books, and listen to Greek rhetors.
10th Apr '12 8:08:14 AM SantosLHalper
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** But we have to learn all the grammar first, and the only way we can is through poorly-thought-out side stories!
** You think that's bad, the entirety of EcceRomani book two was filler! (They spend all of it [[spoiler: stuck in a ditch]].)
*** But we do get to meet crazy Uncle Titus! That made the whole book worthwhile! The last third of book two involves Titus drinking, drinking, drinking, gambling, drinking, [[spoiler: and dying.]]
10th Apr '12 8:03:50 AM SantosLHalper
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-->Quintus: [The Romans] are the the strongest. We triumph over the ferocious barbariums. We have [[TheRomanEmpire the largest empire]].

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-->Quintus: [The Romans] are the the strongest. We triumph over the ferocious barbariums.barbarians. We have [[TheRomanEmpire the largest empire]].
10th Apr '12 8:03:43 AM SantosLHalper
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-->Quintus: [The Romans] are the the strongest. We triumph over the ferocious barbariums. We have [[RomanEmpire the largest empire]].

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-->Quintus: [The Romans] are the the strongest. We triumph over the ferocious barbariums. We have [[RomanEmpire [[TheRomanEmpire the largest empire]].
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