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Resources to learn Latin

Written by Ioannes Oculus

Here is a list of resources to learn Latin made according to my needs. They are quite simple:

  1. I don’t want to translate.
  2. I want to speak and write in Latin fluently and correctly.
  3. My pronunciation is original classic (PL: restytuowana wymowa łacińska, IT: La pronuncia classica o restituta). I’ll put the resources for this in the list.
  4. Preferably the resources use macrons.

In my Latin adventure I struggled to find such a list of resources that could help me. This is the reason I for doing this list. It’s not complete and I’ll update it from time to time.

To help you get around the list I used some colour indicators:

books for the very beginning

books for beginners who have learnt some Latin

books for intermediate level

books for advanced

£ – paid resources

– free resorces

For my use intermediate level is after finishing Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata Pars I: Familia Romana. I can’t give a clear difference between intermediate and advanced level, so I decided to put all non-beginner books to learn Latin in that category and original texts prepared for reading by learners (e.g. with dictionary following the text). Advanced are all original texts without any help for the reader.

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What to start with?

Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. Pars I Familia Romana by Hans Ørberg (or Oeberg) – https://amzn.to/2Ym5KHh £

With this books you’ll cover all the basic grammar and vocabulary. Sometimes however you might need some extra materials to review what you have learnt. The audio for all the stories has been recorded by Luke Ranieri and is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU1WuLg45SiyrXahjvFahDuA060P487pV

Colloquia Personarum by Hans Ørberg (or Oeberg) – https://amzn.to/2LrKZ9C £

This dialogues follow the previous book from the very first chapter and are great for reviewing what you have learnt. The audio for all the stories has been recorded by Luke Ranieri and is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU1WuLg45SiyrXahjvFahDuA060P487pV

Cambridge Latin Course Book I by Cambridge School Classics Project https://amzn.to/2XbDciz £

This course is independent from Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. The pace of introducing new grammar is much slower, vocabulary is translated on the margins next to the texts. It offers also texts in English explaining different aspects of ancient culture. I used it as an additional reading material.

Latin courses I find interesting

Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata 

 The series contains many books written by Hans Ørberg and other authors. The series contains following books:

Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. Pars I Familia Romana by Hans Ørberg (or Oeberg) – https://amzn.to/2Ym5KHh £
Colloquia Personarum by Hans Ørberg (or Oeberg) – https://amzn.to/2LrKZ9C £
 Fabula Syrae by Luigi Miraglia – https://amzn.to/2Xdv7d4 £

These stories follow chapters 26 – 34 of Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. Pars I Familia Romana. They are a great introduction to ancient mythology and offer some new vocabulary.

Lingua latina per se illustrata : exercitia latina I by Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2JgOiO1 £
Nova exercitia Latina I: Ad usum discipulorum qui FAMILIA ROMANA utuntur by Roberto Carfagni – https://amzn.to/2xhePW7 £
Roma Aeterna by Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2XnOc1j £

This is the official continuation to Familia Romana.

These books do not form any reading order and I can’t advise you which to use first. 

Sermones Romani by Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2XeRSNI £
Amphitryo by Plautus, ed. Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2JejrSu £
Epitome Historiae Sacrae by Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2JcWwqH £
Caesaris De Bello Gallico by Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2xkF2CW £
Vergil: Aeneis Libros I et IV: Aeneis Libros I et IV by Vergil ed. Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2Xabdjb £
Ars Amatoria by Ovid ed. Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2JiZDNN £
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis by Petronius ed. Hans Ørberg – https://amzn.to/2JgG9Jo £
Additional books for the course:
A Companion to Familia Romana by Jeanne L. Neumann, Hans Henning Orberg – https://amzn.to/2IZbz8f £
Companion to Roma Aeterna by Jeanne Neumann – https://amzn.to/2X8uPnH £

Other courses (which I find interesting)

Cambridge Latin Course by Cambridge School Classics Project https://amzn.to/2XbDciz £

I enjoy reading it as a additional material for simple stories it offers. It’s also a way to review and enrich my vocabulary.

Forum: Lectiones Latinitatis Vivae by by Christophe Rico, Stéphane Morassut, Blanchard Daniel – 
https://amzn.to/2XhqxL2 £

A textbook with a little bit different approach with more conversational language. Great addition to Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata!

Oxford Latin Course by Maurice Balme and James Morwoodhttps://amzn.to/2xmIRYm £

I have never used this one but it has macrons. I want to try it one day.

Other courses (which I only checked if they use macrons – they do)

Ecce Romani by The Scottish Classics Group https://amzn.to/2mbHx8g £
Latin for New Millenium https://amzn.to/2m78Roi £
Latin Via Ovid: A First Course by Norma Goldman and Jacob E. Nyenhuis https://amzn.to/2mq9FVo £

Additional Readings

These books offer extra readings and are not independent courses.

38 Latin Stories by James M. May, Anne H. Groton – https://amzn.to/2LtcPT4 £

The stories follow the grammar covered in Wheelock’s Latin (a course book not mentioned on the list as I didn’t find it very useful for my purposes). When you know some Latin they can be a nice thing to read.

Cloelia: puella Romana by Ellie Arnold – https://amzn.to/2YkrL9j £

A short story about a Roman girl. Nice and easy to read when learning Latin. The best out of such stories I’ve read.

Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae: A Latin Novella – by Dr. Christopher R. Buczek – https://amzn.to/2Xaoecx £

A short Latin story to read when you learn Latin.

Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant: Liber Primus by Robert Patrick PhD (Author), Ivan Duong (Illustrator) – https://amzn.to/2XaoKY1 £

A short Latin story to read when you learn Latin.

/Iulia by Maud Reed – https://archive.org/details/julialatinreadin00reed

This book starts from a very basic level and you can start reading it after maybe second or third chapter of Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. It quickly introduces past tense (chapter VI) so to continue reading it you’ll have to get to those sections of Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata.

/Cornelia by Mima Maxey – https://archive.org/details/MN40039ucmf_6

A book similar to Iulia by Maud Reed. 

Pugio Bruti by Daniel Peterson, Amelie Rosengren – https://www.latinitium.com/ £

It’s an easy crime story. Additionally to the book, an audiobook is available. Unfortunately, I just checked the part available for free as I find the book a little bit expensive.

 Ad Alpes by H.C. Nutting – https://archive.org/details/nuttingadalpes ∅

A story for more advanced learners, available for free on archive.org. There is an updated version (£) offered by Latinitium.com: https://www.latinitium.com/books/adalpes

/Primus Annus by Cyril Lyttleton Mainwaring and Walter Lionel Paine – https://archive.org/details/primusannus00pain/ ∅
/Puer Romanus by Reginald Bainbridge Appleton and William Henry Samuel Jones, 1913). ∅
/ Carolus et Maria by Marjorie J. Fay ∅

A story in Latin.

 Narrationes Faciles de Historia Romanorum ed. by John P. Piazza – http://johnpiazza.net/latin_hist_reader.pdf ∅

Legends and history of Rome for beginners.

Narrationes Faciles de Mythologia Romana Graecaque ed. by John P. Piazza – http://johnpiazza.net/latin_myth_reader.pdf ∅

Greek legends.

Colloquia Latina by Benjamin D’Ooge – https://archive.org/details/colloquialatinaa00doog ∅

Latin dialogues for beginners.

Geoffrey Steadman

Geoffrey Steadman is an author who wrote and edited many Latin texts for learners. On his website (https://geoffreysteadman.com/) they are all available for free and here are two I find best to begin with.

Ritchie’s Fabulae Faciles by Geoffrey Steadman – https://geoffreysteadman.com/ritchies-fabulae-faciles/ ∅

Good readings with accompanying dictionary. On the author’s website, extra resources are available. 

(?) Fabulae Ab Urbe Condita by Geoffrey Steadman – https://geoffreysteadman.com/fabulae-ab-urbe-condita/

Good readings with accompanying dictionary. On the author’s website, extra resources are available. 

Legonium http://www.legonium.com/ ∅

The website offers different stories and a Latin course. I especially like the story mentioned below.

Hobbitus

Legonium has published a simplified version of the famous story originally written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Hobbit in Latin has also been published in full text (it’s avaiable on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2lhCMK7 £) but the Legonium version is much better for learners. It’s simplified and has macrons. There are two parts of the story so far:

Original texts with macrons (by author)

Caesar

Caesar’s Gallic war by Julius Caesar, James Bradstreet Greenough , Benjamin Leonard D ‘Ooge, Moses Grant Daniell – https://archive.org/details/caesarsgallicwa00danigoog

Cicero

Select orations and letters of Cicerohttps://archive.org/details/selectorationsa01kittgoog

Eutropius

Eutropius ed. J.C. Hazzard –https://archive.org/details/eutropius00eutrgoog

YouTube and podcast resources

I list here resources which I consider to be using well pronounced Latin.

♦ Scorpio Martianus – https://www.youtube.com/user/ScorpioMartianus

My absolute number one on the list. Luke Ranieri (the author) produces lots of videos every month recording songs, classic texts and many other.

♦ Latinitium – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxS3m8PITAWuADD9Nic1YOg

Another channel I follow, although they haven’t published new videos recently (as for 30/06/2019).

♦ Divus Magister Craft – https://www.youtube.com/divusmagistercraft

Latin channel telling stories about ancient Rome in a Minecraft World.

♦ Stephanus RVMAK Victorius – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKsXlPwvq17rQ2tIcixwRZw

Unfortunately, only three videos are available.

Pronunciation academic resources

Vox Latina by W. Sidney Allen – https://amzn.to/2IX65uN £
On the Evolution of Latin Short High Vowels of Latin into Romance by Andrea Calabrese

Polish Books

This section is about books designed for Polish schools and courses so you need to know Polish to use them (and usually you can’t get them outside Poland). I mentioned them only because I’m often asked about these but I fully can’t recommend any of them. The descriptions here are in Polish. They do not offer macrons 🙁

Polskie podręczniki są moim zdaniem słabe w porównaniu do Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata czy Cambridge Latin Course. Wymagają szybkiego pamięciowego opanowania słów i reguł, nie dają dużo kontekstu dla zilustrowania materiału. Nie da się ich “poczytać”, bo teksty łacińskie są króciutkie. Są oparte na metodzie gramatyczno-tłumaczeniowej, więc nie nadają się do nauki mówienia ani nie pomogą jeżeli ktoś chce po prostu czytać teksty łacińskie dla przyjemności (bo będzie musiał je najpierw w głowie tłumaczyć). Nie zwracają prawie wogóle uwagi na długość samogłosek. Jedynie mogą, moim zdaniem, pomóc w usystematyzowniu gramatyki. Ktoś kto przeszedł przez inne kursy, może sięgnąć po ten czy inny polski podręcznik i przejść przez niego, aby poznać lepiej jeden czy drugi niuans gramatyczny. Nie jest to lista komplenta, ale są to chyba te lepsze pozycje z dotychczas wydanych.

Poniższe tytuły to te, które wydają mi się godne polecenia (mimo wszystko). Znacznie szerszy wybór można znaleźć tutaj: Bibliografia polskich wydawnictw do nauki łaciny.

Wojciech Mohort-Kopaczyński, Teodozja Wikarjakówna, Disce Latine 1 £

Najciekawszy chyba polski podręcznik do łaciny. Może się przydać jako powtórka po Familia Romana dla innego, bardziej tradycyjnego, spojrzenia na teorię gramatyczną. Jedynyn, który oferuje jakąś formę historii opowiadanej przez kilka lekcji.

Wojciech Mohort-Kopaczyński, Disce Latine. Kurs poszerzony £
Lidia Winniczuk, Lingua Latina. Łacina bez pomocy Orbiliusza £

Podręcznik przeznaczony dla samouków, ale niewiele się różni od innych.

Oktawiusz Jurewicz, Lidia Winniczuk, Janina Żuławska, Język łaciński. Podręcznik dla lektoratów szkół wyższych £

Jeden z klasycznych polskich podręczników, z którym zaczynałem łacińską przygodę.

red. Dariusz Gwis, Elżbieta Jung-Palczewska, Disce Puer. Podręcznik do łaciny średniowiecznej £

Podręcznik skierowany do osób raczej znających łacinę, moim zdaniem na poziomie wyższym-średniozaawansowanym. Oferuje duży wybór tekstów średniowiecznych i tłumaczy różnice między łaciną klasyczną a średniowieczną. 

About the author

Ioannes Oculus

I am addicted to languages, both modern and ancient. No language is dead as long as we can read and understand it. I want to share my linguistic passion with like minded people. I am also interested in history, astronomy, genealogy, books and probably many others. My goals now are to write a novel in Latin, a textbook for Latin learners, Uzbek-Polish, Polish-Uzbek dictionary, modern Uzbek grammar and textbook for learners. My dream is to have a big house in UK or USA where I could keep all my books and have enough time and money to achieve my goals.

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