Ghost Story!

Here's an interesting article from http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa092998b.htm 

Ghost Stories

Pliny's Haunted House

The Younger Pliny tells a ghost story about rattling chains, a haunted house no one wants, and a secret only the ghost can reveal. Latin teacher Rose Williams has re-written this story in a form suitable for classroom use.

Erat Athenis spatiosa et magna domus, sed infamis et pestilens. Per silentium noctis sonus ferri et strepitus vinculorum procul, tum e proximo auditi sunt. Mox apparebat senex macie et squalore confectus, qui barbam magnam et capillos villosos habebat; pedibus et manibus catenas habebat.

Inhabitantes domus(gen) noctes diras et non somnum habebant. Morbus et etiam mors ex timore veniebant. Deserta et damna casa in silentio remanebat. Titulum positum est, sed nemo casam desideravit. Venit Athenas philosophus Athenodorus. Legit titulum, et pretio audito, multa rogat. Omnia audit, sed tamen casam capit.

In vespera, Athenodorus lumen, stilum, et pugillares in prima parte casae posuit; tum omnes servos dimittit. Animum, oculos, et manum cum pugillaribus occupat, quod vacua mens multos timores fingit.

Primo silentium est. Tum vincula procul audiuntur. Philosophus oculos non movet; stilo scribit. Soni in casa, tum in camera sunt. Athenodorus spectat; figuram videt. Senex stat et digito vocat. Athenodorus stilum iterum capit. Vincula audiuntur super caput. Nunc philosophus lumen capit. Senex tarde ad ianuam ambulat, et Athenodorus etiam ambulat post senem. In area casae senex philosophum deserit. Desertus philosophus in loco herbas ponit.

Postero die magistratum vocat et magistratus locum effodit. Ossa inserta in vinculis invenit, et, collecta, publice sepeliuntur. Numquam iterum senex videbatur.

About Rose Williams

"My name is Ruby Rose Williams, though I usually go by Rose because my mother's name is also Ruby and there was confusion. I took a BA from Baylor in 1959 with major in English and minors in history and Latin. I received a Master's in Latin from UNC at Chapel Hill. I taught Latin I-IV in high school in Abilene, Texas for many years, and then taught English and Latin at McMurry University. In 1988 I studied at Oxford in England and Pisa in Italy on a Rockefeller Grant. I have written two computer textbooks for Latin: Latin Through The Ages, which deals with prose through 2,000 years, and The Other Latin Poets, soon to be released by Centaur Systems. I am also the author of various poems, articles, and study guides."