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2014 September 19

The Art of Everyday Latin: Part I.  The "perpetual exercises" of Adler's A Practical Grammar, Part I, with answers. A great abundance of simple exercises, here modernized, reformulated, and rearranged in bilingual fashion so that the student can flip to the Latin equivalents at a single stroke on an ereader. Simple, sense-based communications are given in English with repetitive vocabulary for the student to express in Latin. This work offers an inexpensive but excellent enhancement for any introductory class in Latin, no matter what the primary text.

2014 September 14

A web edition of J. P. Postgate's article, "Are the Classics to Go?"

2014 September 13

John Harmar's Praxis Grammatica of 1623 revised and corrected.  This pedagogical work can supplement any Latin course. It contains some confessional and much ethically-oriented material for the edification of the young, as was typical of works of its day. The last half includes many amusing anecdotes from antiquity.

2014 September 01

The Ebook Advantage. Why use ebooks or ebook readers? Here are twelve thoughts about that.

2014 August 13

Horae Latinae: Robert Ogilvie's Studies in Synonyms and Syntax.  An outstanding help for all professional translators, teachers, and advanced students who wish to understand Latin well. Many will find this work a much more digestible, far more approachable text than Bradley's Arnold's Latin Prose Composition. This work contains nearly five hundred major concepts and it offers thousands of examples. Highly recommended!

2014 July 23

Learn Latin with Seneca: An Acceleration Reader with Pari Passu Translation.  The first seventeen of the famous Epistulae Morales in a format that helps students learn to understand phrases sequentially.

2014 June 28

Hamlet's Soliloquy (III.i) in Latin ("To be or not to be..."). An exercise in translation into Latin. A pdf bicolumnar bilingual version is available here.

2014 May 26

Notable Romans : De Viris Illustribus : Part II.  This second volume completes the translation of the famous easy Latin reader by Charles L'Homond, De Viris Illustribus a Romulo ad Augustum. Students can use this material to help them learn how to understand Latin sequentially in short phrases as they absorb some of the most famous stories of Roman history. The simple Latin prose introduces important vocabulary and many common structures. Not all the material here is suitable for young children.

2014 April 23

Notable Romans : De Viris Illustribus : Part I.  Forty classic historical portraits from Charles L'Homond's simple Latin reader, given in Acceleration Reader format, with a pari passu translation. These stories go from Romulus and Remus to Scipio Africanus. Not all material is suitable for young children.

2014 March 30

Graphic for the Pledge of Allegiance in Latin.

2014 March 25

The Ratio Studiorum and Classical Culture: Wherefore the Greeks? Wherefore the Romans? : A paper delivered at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in 1999.

2014 March 24

Giovanni Costa's Latin Translation of Alexander Pope's Essay on Man.   A brilliant classical humanist's Latin rendition of a high point in the European literary tradition. Pari-passu format. A sample is available at this link.

2014 March 19

Particularly Great Latin: Noteworthy Latin Expressions From and For All Ages.   Over 6400 Latin mottos, sayings, quotations, proverbs, terms from the breadth of the Latin tradition. A venerable collection from 1866, thoroughly revised and expanded. Enjoyable and instructive, useful for examples, sight-reading, vocabulary expansion, translation practice, etc. A sample is available at this link.

2014 January 06

Ablative Phrasebook: Mastering Latin's Most Interesting Case  for Kindle ereaders and other devices. Over 600 exemplary phrases in English and Latin, illustrating ablative usage. Included is a preliminary explanation of the ideas of case and declension, a synopsis of the ablative forms across the declensions, and a brief consideration of the ablative absolute. A sample is available at this link.

2013 November 23

The Pledge of Allegiance in Latin.

2013 November 20

Caesar Phrasebook  for Kindle ereaders and other devices. A new, indexed edition of a vintage collection of over 1600 Latin phrases from Books I to IV of Caesar's De Bello Gallico with suggested English equivalents. This book is useful for much more than Caesar's prose. It introduces students to a range of meanings for many essential Latin words and it can also be used for auxiliary exercises in any Latin prose composition courses.

2013 November 09

Latin Prepositions: A Handbook for Teachers and Students  for Kindle ereaders and other devices. A reference textbook that promotes phrase-based learning and an emphasis on the essential particle-words. It can also help introduce students to the Lewis and Short Latin dictionary: the major prepositional entries are reproduced here in reader-friendly format with almost all the abbreviations "unpacked."  Includes over 6000 Latin phrases.

2013 October 20

Easy on the Odes: A Phrase-Book for the Odes of Horace  has been reviewed at the Bryn Mawr Classical Review by Prof. Peter Kuhlmann of the Seminar für Klassische Philologie, University of Göttingen.

2013 October 13

Learn Latin with Aesop: An Easy Latin Reader with Translations for Kindle ereaders and other devices. A bilingual reader with 52 of Aesop's fables in Latin. A companion volume for Learn Latin with Celebrities.

2013 September 26

Learn Latin with Celebrities: An Easy Latin Reader with Translations for Kindle ereaders and other devices. A bilingual reader with 75 Latin anecdotes from the global Greco-Roman heritage.

2013 September 05

Cicero Phrasebook for Kindle ereaders. A listing of over 1300 Ciceronian phrases with English translations.

2013 July 26

Cicero's Pro Archia with pari passu translation and in Accleration Reader format is available for Nook ereaders at this link and for Kindle ereaders at this one.

2013 June 06

Grímur Thorkelin's Latin translation of Beowulf is available for Nook ereaders at this link.

2013 June 05

Zachary Pearce's Latin translation of Longinus's On the Sublime is now available for Nook ereaders at this link.

2013 June 04

The Acceleration Reader for Plutarch's Life of Cicero in Latin is available for Nook ereaders at this link. A sample is available here.

2013 June 03

The Acceleration Reader for Cicero's De OfficiisOn Duties, now covers all three books, the entire work (about 34,000 Latin words). It is available for Nook ereaders at this link. This edition is an excellent way to begin to master Cicero's philosophical prose. In the Nook ereader it can be held to parallel any preferred translation (to create an ad hoc bilingual format) or it can be used alone to help students accelerate their comprehension speeds. "Divide and conquer" never worked so well!

2013 May 25

Giovanni Costa's Latin Translation of Alexander Pope's Essay on Man is now available for the Nook. Note: This is not a pari-passu bilingual edition. The Latin translation is followed by the English original.

2013 May 22

Easy on the Odes: A Latin Phrase-Book for the Odes of Horace is now available for Nook and Kindle ereaders.

2013 May 18

An Acceleration Reader for the entire first book of Cicero's Tusculan Disputations is now available for Nook ereaders. Acceleration Readers help students strengthen their ability to see and to understand in sequence the phrases that constitute the sentences.

2013 May 16

A fully revised and corrected pari-passu bilingual edition of Sallust's Catiline's War is now available for both Amazon and Nook ereaders. This edition also includes clean, unbroken presentations of the Latin text and the English translation for classroom use.

2013 April 28

An Acceleration Reader for Cicero's De Officiis, Book I, is available for Nook ereaders at this link. Note: The Nook Press is much friendlier than Kindle Direct Publishing to works that are entirely in the Latin language, so Acceleration Readers like this one will probably not be ported to the latter anytime soon.

2013 April 27

A Latin translation of Confucius' Analects is now available for Nook ereaders at this link.

2013 April 25

Particularly Good Latin, a modernized revision of a practical guide to Latin particles by Thomas Dyche is now available as an ebook at this link. It covers esssential material that no Latin teacher or student should be without. The full introduction, a sample of the contents, and a complete list of section headings are available in pdf form at this link.

2013 April 20

Acceleration Readers for Cicero's De Domo Sua and for Pliny the Younger's Letters, Books I and II, are now available at this link.

2013 April 19

Two more Acceleration Readers have become available for the Nook: Livy's Ab Urbe Condita XXIII (the aftermath of Cannae) and Seneca's Letters, Books I and II, both available at this link.

2013 April 18

L'Homond's De Viris Illustribus in Acceleration Reader format is now available in ebook form at this link.

2013 April 16

Several Latin and Latin-English titles are now available at Barnes and Noble for the Nook ereader at this link, including the easy Latin conversations of Corderius Colloquies Book II, annotated in Latin by Arcadius Avellanus.

2013 March 30

Of relevance to ancient literary and scriptural studies:  The Origins of the Written Gospel in the Activity of Jesus of Nazareth. A short note presenting a distinctive hypothesis about the origins of the gospel form. Offsite link.

2013 March 24

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in Latin. (by Henry Denison, 1869). A bilingual edition with preface by Claude Pavur, 2013. This ebook is available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Sample quotations and their Latin translations are available here. The new preface is available here.

2013 March 14

John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book I in Latin (by William Dobson, 1750). Offsite link:

2013 March 05

Alexander Pope's Essay on Man in Latin (by Johann Joachim Gottlob am Ende, 1762). Offsite link:

2013 February 26

Alexander Pope's Essay on Man in Latin (by Giovanni Costa, 1775). Bilingual edition. Offsite link:

2013 February 26

The Hippocratic Oath in Three Latin Versions. Offsite link:

2013 February 24

The Hippocratic Oath in Latin. By Albrecht Haller, 1771. With English translation. Offsite link:

2013 January 13

John Harmar's Praxis Grammatica of 1623 is now commercially available at

2012 December 12

Easy on the Odes is now commercially available in hard copy at this link. The paperback contains the introduction, the phrase-book, a clean text of Horace's Odes for classroom use, and an alphabetical listing of all the adjectives used in the Odes. The various sections of this work remain available at this site.

2012 December 10

Adjectives in Horace's Odes: A Comprehensive Alphabetical List (html and pdf versions).

2012 December 09

A Latin Text of Horace's Odes for Classroom Use (html and pdf versions). This text is based upon what is available at It has been edited, adapted (in spelling and line-groupings), and enhanced, partly in comparison with a variety of other editions.

2012 December 07

Easy on the Odes: A Latin Phrase-Book for the Odes of Horace (a pdf file). Also at All the adjectival phrases have been extracted and glossed in parallel with the original text of all four books of the Odes. A full rationale is presented in the Introduction.

2011 November 19

Of relevance to ancient literary and scriptural studies: As It Is Written: The Nature, Purpose, and Meaning of the Gospel of Mark. What is the purpose of Mark's Gospel? Can the author's intention be divined from the text itself? Does the text have a Roman provenance?

2011 November 19

  Utility: LTM Micro-Mini Calendar for 2012 [1-page PDF file]. A super-minimalist calendar: essential monthly information for the year in a postage-stamp-sized area.

2011 October 29

"Re-Envisioning Classics As a Liberal Art," Electronic Antiquity 14:2 (May 2011) 1-20. Argument: Collegiate classics, under the sway of too severe a concept of professional philology, has drastically underplayed its educational hand in such a way that it has diminished its vitality, impact, and usefulness; yet this damage can be reversed — and liberal education transformed to a new level of effectiveness — by revising the concept of undergraduate programs in classical studies and by following a few key maxims.

2011 March 14

Word Study: Ut in the Letters of Seneca.   For use as a praxis or as a source of examples (598 instances in 485 passages).

2011 February 06

Nietzsche Humanist, 2nd edition.  Recommended for college-aged students and older. This new ebook edition is a corrected and revised version of the one that appeared from Marquette University Press in 1998. It offers a general reading and interpretation of Nietzsche's work in the context of the classical humanist tradition.

2010 December 18

  Utility: LTM Micro-Mini Calendar for 2011 [1-page PDF file]. A super-minimalist calendar that fits essential monthly information for all the months of 2011 into a postage-stamp-sized area.

2010 November 13

Verbal Brilliance: Sample Verb Synopses. PDF format. Synopses of three verbs, with a list of 196 verbs for practice.

2010 October 16

What Difference Does the Conjugation Number Make? Indicative Passive Forms. Tables comparing all personal verb-forms across the conjugations horizontally.

2010 October 10

The Liveliness of Latin. For easy printing: the PDF version of a promotional chart comparing the liveliness of Latin to that of English.

2010 October 09

What Difference Does the Conjugation Number Make? Subjunctives. Tables comparing all personal verb-forms in the subjunctive mood across the conjugations.

2010 October 03

Perfect and Passive Two-Step. An easy rule for changing perfects into passive forms and for recognizing such forms.

2010 July 28

Word Study: Gratia, with over 600 examples from Cicero, prefaced by an easy-reading adaptation of the entry in Lewis & Short's dictionary.

2010 July 27

Word Study: Oportêre with examples from Cicero.  Over one thousand instances of Cicero's use of this favorite word, prefaced by an easy-reading adaption of the entry in Lewis & Short's dictionary and a short guide to the word's usefulness in conversational Latin.

2010 July 17

New Verbal Brilliance condensed files. Thousands of verb exercises in paper-saving format, ready-to-go for class handouts. See Numbers 40-44 on the index-page. Teachers can select from and re-process these items.

2010 March 11

Cicero's Pro Archia Poeta. MP3 sound files for Sections 1-3 redone; Section 4 added. Listen to the text as you read.

2010 March 09

Cicero's De Domo Sua (1-30) in Acceleration Reader format (html).  A challenging, passionate speech addressing the destruction of Cicero's house on the Palatine.

2010 February 14

Dative Usage in Cicero's Second Catilinarian Oration. Examples of Cicero's use of the dative case, with translations. PDF file also available for ready-to-go handouts.

2010 February 10

"Classical Humanism Has Everything to Do with Justice" [OFFSITE LINK]. An essay published in Electronic Antiquity.

2010 February 09

The Liveliness of Latin (Comparative Chart). How Latin remains relevant and vital.

2009 November 11

The Star-Spangled Banner in Latin. Two versions of the first stanza that can be sung to the music.

2009 November 07

  Utility: LTM Micro-Mini Calendar for 2010 [1-page PDF file]. A super-minimalist calendar that fits essential monthly information for all the months of 2010 into a postage-stamp-sized area. Could be pasted to a bookmark, inside a binder, or around a pen. Two slightly larger alternate versions are included.

2009 November 06

Verb Tense Practice 1-10 [PDF FILE: 2-page ready-to-go handout] and Verb Tense Practice, 1-34, All Conjugations, including Deponents [PDF FILE: 6-page ready-to-go handout]. Written homework / assignment pages designed to fix certain tense-markers in students' memories for selected forms of verbs. Students are given English forms and asked to write the Latin equivalents.

2009 October 20

Verbal Brilliance in Latin: Deponent Verbs, Comprehensive Practice on Paradigm Verbs (all forms). 345 items, Latin to English and 345 English to Latin. Each list can serve as an answer-key to the other. Teachers might want to select and re-arrange items ad libitum.

2009 October 14-15  

Acceleration Reader MP3 Audio: Cicero, Pro Archia (Sections 1-3). Listen as you read the text.

2009 October 11  

Acceleration Reader: Cicero, De Officiis I  Easy-reading format for the first book of one of Cicero's most important philosophical works. A bicolumnar classroom text with numbered lines is available in pdf-format from the index-page.  14,000 words. Last revised: November 3, 2009.

2009 September 19  

Indirect Questions: Tenses [PDF file]  One-page ready-to-go handout explaining the subjunctive-tense possibilities for indirect questions.

2009 August 29  

Verbal Brilliance handouts [PDF file]: Condensed version of Conjugation 1 exercises. Saves paper and photocopying. Use regular looseleaf paper to write out the answers.

2009 August 05  

Comprehensive Practice on Infinitives. 562 Latin-to-English and 562 English-to-Latin forms. The lists can serve as answer-keys for each other.

2009 August 04  

Synopsis of Latin Infinitives and How to Produce Them.

2009 July 31  

Synoptic View of All Third-Declension Patterns, a vertically-arranged comparative chart of nouns and adjectives that take third-declension endings.

2009 July 08-31  

Extensive editing of most of the 300+ pages at this site for better appearance across browsers.

2009 February 21  

LatinPraxis Sentence Practice 18 (cf. Wheelock 1-18).  125 items.

2009 February 08  

LatinPraxis Sentence Practice 17 (cf. Wheelock 1-17).  159 items.

2009 February 03  

Arbor: a flash movie (Rudîmenta in Môtû).

2009 January 29  

Nouns (cf. Wheelock 1-16): One-page ready-to-go PDF file for review of all nouns, with space to identify genders (m/f/n/c). Teachers can ask students to write out or to deliver orally a given case for some or all of these nouns.

2009 January 25  

Oculus: a flash movie (Rudîmenta in Môtû).

2009 January 20-23  

Mâlum: a flash movie (Rudîmenta in Môtû).

2009 January 09  

3400 Latin Adjectives, Comprehensive List, Arranged by Type. Also available: a PDF version in columnar format.


2008 November 27  

Beowulf: The Latin translation by Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin, 1815.

2008 November 16  

Verb Practice, English to Latin (all persons) Cf. Wheelock 1-11.   Also available in PDF format.  846 items.

2008 November 16  

Verb Practice, English to Latin: Simple tenses, 1st and 3rd sg. forms. Cf. Wheelock 1-11.  276 items.  This one-page, ready-to-go handout in PDF format can also serve as an economical review of all the verbs taken in the first eleven chapters of Wheelock.

2008 July 23  

LTM at SLU receives commendation from Finding Dulcinea: Librarian of the Internet as "a must-bookmark for any teacher of Latin."

2008 July 18-25  

audio fileAdded mp3 audio files for Seneca Epistula I.5 and I.6.

2008 July 17  

audio fileMP3 sound files for the Latin of some of Seneca's Letters improved, and put into classical pronunciation. Embedded audio player allows for listening directly from the webpage.

2008 July 04  

Epistula Ad Familiares XIV.4.  A bicolumnar, bilingual handout in PDF format (2 pages). This letter is an extraordinarily passionate and personal communication from Cicero to his wife and children in a time of crisis. "I only wish, my dear, to see you as soon as possible and to die in your arms...if I have you I shall not think myself wholly lost."

2008 January 05  

When Does the -i- Appear in the III-io Conjugation?  A one-page pdf handout comparing the regular third conjugation forms with the III-io forms. (See the Grammar and Vocabulary Helps page.)

2008 January 04  

  Super-Minimalist Micro Calendar for 2008  A postage-stamp-sized calendar covering the twelve months of the year.


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Grammar and Vocabulary Helps

These materials present the essentials of beginning and intermediate Latin morphology. In addition, you can find a summary of the vocabulary for Wheelock's Latin (6th Edition), other vocabulary studies, and some Flash movies for elementary Latin acquisition.

LatinPraxis is a series of exercises correlated with the same text, using thousands and thousands of short phrases and sentences to help students achieve mastery of vocabulary and forms as well as an immediacy of understanding.

For the theory of this phrase-based approach to second-language-acquisition, read "Upgrading Latin Pedagogy."

Verbal Brilliance in Latin is a set of ready-to-go handouts in pdf format. This series of explanation-pages and exercises can be used in conjunction with any text, or they can stand alone as a beginning workshop in the study of Latin. Read the preface for an insight into the pedagogical problems that this approach is designed to address.

You are welcome to use, to improve upon, and to share whatever you may find helpful for teaching or learning Latin.  The pdf versions may be especially useful in the creation of handouts: they are formatted to fit the contents on 8.5 x 11 typing paper.

Elementary Latin Readers

Here you will find excellent simplified Latin reading material for beginning and intermediate students. It is especially valuable because it carries much of the long-shared Western- and world- cultural-historical koine, such as Bible stories, Aesop's fables and famous anecdotes from antiquity. There is also one of the most famous books of fourteenth-century England, the Gesta Romanorum.

Acceleration Readers

These readers use pedagogical typography and collections of parallel syntactical examples to increase comprehension speed for authentic classical texts. Recommended: Read the Introductory Note for a brief overview of the essential skills needed for a mastery of Latin prose. Current authors: Caesar, Cicero, Pliny the Younger, Livy, Quintilian, Sallust, Seneca.

an icon for audio files  Audio-files in mp3 format present some of Seneca's letters in classical pronunciation.


Here are presentations of ideas that bear upon the pedagogy behind much of the material offered at this site. You can find some Latin translations and compositions of material like

There is some material relating to the history of Latin pedagogy, including a rare Latin textbook from 1623 (John Harmar's Praxis, with translation), and a very full timeline of Roman history from John Sandys. Because of its relevance to classical humanism, a theoretical essay on cultural history has been included. Also available are several pages on the GRASP method and free language-learning software for Windows 9x and Windows NT 4.0., the Reading Acceleration Machine.

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