Horatius Who?

If you haven’t heard of Horatius at the Bridge yet, you are missing out. He was an ancient world hero who defied death and unbelievable odds.

My two younger kids spent one year working on are memorizing the 70 stanza poem for fun. Not really. I mean, they are memorizing it. But I’m not sure they own the fun part yet. I am exercising my rights as a draconian homeschooler and making them do it whether they want to or not. Latin Highlands School introduces Horatius to their 5th graders and those who memorize the entire poem are awarded the prestigious “Churchill Award.” (cause Churchill did it too. I figured if it’s good enough for the British Bulldog, it’s good enough for us). In other words, it’s all for their own good.

The Lays of Ancient Rome are five ballads written by the Englishman, Thomas Babington Macaulay, and published in 1842. Horatius is the most famous of the ballads and consists of 70 stanzas. 

Who Cares
Which leads us to “who cares.” Seriously. Why have the kids memorize ancient history, an event that is hardly remembered and full of difficult vocab and places long forgotten. Here’s why.

A. It teaches them history.
B. It teaches them vocabulary.
C. It teaches them geography.
D. It teaches them pronunciation of difficult words.
E. It teaches them presentation skills (such as slowing down, over pronunciation, over learning, etc).
F. It teaches them rhyme and meter.
G. It teaches them about the hero’s of the past who exhibited character qualities such as courage, bravery and valor.
H. It teaches them that politics, events and decisions made last long past the people who made them. 
I. It teaches them to stretch their brain, demand more of themselves than they think possible.
J. It teaches them the joy of ownership (cause once they’ve memorized something nobody can take that away). 
K. It teaches them perseverance. Because believe me, they want to give up on this daunting task about every.single.week.
L. It teaches them to continue to exercise their mental muscles. They done lots of poetry memorization in the past.

History & Horatius
Horatius? We’d heard of him before, ‘casue we’re passionate about history too. This year, we’re getting to know him on a whole new level! 

You might also want to check out Humanities US Foundations and Western Civilization II

Lisa Nehring has taught Poetry, Writing, and Literature for over 10 years, and homeschooled for over 25. She loves a good story, which has lead her to all sorts of crazy research and history tangents.

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