Studies in high school Latin are heavily focused on the literary devices and basic history of…
Michael Richard

That may be true in the present. When I studied Latin in the 1980’s it was in the context of understanding the Roman world, both in the historical context of the Republic and Empire, and in the social contexts of the lives of the different classes in the Roman world. Far from glossing over anything jarringly unpleasant, we made a point to talk about them: slavery, the cruelty of warfare in the classical world, even the sexual mores described in such lascivious details we were translating in our homework.

Except for the Marquis DeSade, the most violent and pornographic things I have ever read anywhere were things I read as a Latin student in high school (looking at you, Suetonius).

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