Using a reading-based approach, students are introduced to Latin I grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure through a fictional storyline based on an actual household in Pompeii during the days prior to the great eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Students learn about Roman life, architecture, politics, and culture, and see photos of artifacts, art, and structures uncovered during extensive excavations in Pompeii. Studying Latin leads to a better understanding of the structure and roots of English because many English words are derived from Latin. Latin studies also facilitate the study of French, Spanish, and Italian. Students will gain insight into literature, law, religion, philosophy, ethics, civil engineering, and political science as they complete creative projects that reflect aspects of ancient Rome or Greece.