These materials are intended primarily to assist students preparing for the NLE examinations. The contents have been determined largely by topics mentioned in past papers and, therefore, in the Roman History PowerPoint presentations, no mention has been made of the struggle between Patricians and Plebs under the early Republic although brief references have recently (December 2012) been added to Parthia, Mithridates and the Social War, none of which have yet been the subject of questions in the exam. Although names of some of the best-known emperors have been included, it should be noted that NLE history questions usually relate either to the Monarchy or to the Republic. Additional detail on the 1st century B.C. is available in the CATULLUS PowerPoint that can be downloaded from the LATIN & GREEK page. I am grateful to Professor Gregory James of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for allowing me to use some of the biographical material on the emperors in notes produced for his own students. Students wanting a more-detailed but accessible account of Roman history could look at Rose Williams' book Once upon the Tiber, which is written in an irreverently humorous style but based on careful research.
The history presentation has been divided into four separate files because of size restrictions on individual uploads. The periods covered are:
ROMAN HISTORY (KINGS) Summary date chart, maps of the Mediterranean and of Italy, legendary origins and the monarchy (c.753 - 509 B.C.)
ROMAN HISTORY(REPUBLIC TO 63 B.C.) Events from establishment of the republic to Cicero's consulship)
ROMAN HISTORY(60-31 B.C.) From the First Triumvirate to the Battle of Actium
ROMAN HISTORY(THE PRINCIPATE) From the establishment of the Principate to the Sack of Rome (27 B.C. - 410 A.D.)
The material on everyday life is similarly divided into two:
For aid in learning inflected forms, the tables at the back of the Vocabulary handout (available only off the web) will be the most useful but you can also see the LATIN VERBS, LATIN NOUNS, and LATIN ADJECTIVES PowerPoint presentations. The versions of the latter two with the `amer' suffix present cases in the American (and original Roman) order (i.e. genitive immediately after nominative) as is done in Wheelock's Latin, Latin via Ovid and the North American edition of the Cambridge Latin Course.
You can see a table of inflections for any regular noun or verb by typing the dictionary headword into the box on the Numen site's `Search' page at http://latinlexicon.org/search_latin.php and them clicking on `See the complete paradigm' beside the scroll icon. If you only know an inflected form, type that word into the box on the `Word study Tool' page at http://latinlexicon.org/word_study_tool.php and then on `See the complete paradigm'. The process is illustrated in NUMEN.doc The use of the various tenses is outlined in TENSES SUMMARY. Note that only the tenses and uses printed in red are required for the exam and that the translation equivalents likely to appear on the paper are the ones printed in bold.
For pre-exam practice there is a collection of past papers on the NLE's own site going back to the late 1990s. Note that the present syllabus was introduced in 2009 so earlier papers may include a small amount of material material not now required. There is a list of answers at the end of the full set for each year but answers can be checked instantly by using the the NLE's on-line practice page.