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I am new to Latin. What do you recommend for me?
 I would begin with Comenius' 'Vestibulum'. After this, I would start with the Orbis Pictus, together with Adler. Adler will teach you formal grammar, with vast quantities of practical examples. Use the Serial and Oral Latin Course lessons I have bundled with Adler 1-9, as these provide a gentler introduction. After that, pick up with Adler course as it follows his original textbook, and intersperse this with Comenius' Orbis Pictus, in order to build a wide ranging vocabulary. When you are about halfway through Adler,you can start to supplement your studies with some of the Latin-English materials I provide here, which will begin to expose you to prose, and a wider variety of Latin, while maintaining interest. If you fancy a more traditional Latin course, then you might want to try D'Ooge.

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Millner's Serial and Oral Latin Course  (Textbook and Workbook in pdf)


First Course: Steps One to Two Hundred 
(no audio, textbook and workbook only)




ADLER (audio)
This audio presentation, originally produced for the Latinum Podcast, and released on DVD,  turns Adler into an immersion experience.  It is unique, in focusing on learning the entire structure of Latin grammar through conversation.
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150+ hours of audio

Each of the 97 audio lessons  is in 3 parts:

1. Grammar and syntax with extensive paradigms added to the text. 

2. Model question-answer conversations in Latin-English-Latin.
 

3. Slow repetition and fast repetition of the conversational material in Latin only.

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MAXEY 


 'Cornelia' 
A Simple Latin 
Storybook. (Audio)

2 hours 23 minutes of audio

This novella is written in simple Latin, and would be suitable for an intermediate student. It is set in America. The vocabulary and general subject matter appears to be setting up a structure for reading Caesar - however, the story stands on its own merits.

The language progresses in difficulty as the course progresses. This is a companion text to Maxey's 'Latin Primer'.


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D'OOGE (Audio)
Latin for Beginners -
A Complete Audio Course  
13 hours 11 minutes of audio 
Now, for the first time, the entire textbook is available in audio, as a complete stand-alone audio course.
This  traditional Latin textbook, dating from the very early 20th Century, was produced in audio in November 2009. D'Ooge uses more formal grammatical terminology than either Underwood or Adler. His method is known as 'grammar-translation'. This audio course adds a third dimension to his textbook, turning it into a comprehensible input source as well. D'Ooge's textbook also comes with a mini Latin reader with a graded selection of prose in basic Latin.


UNDERWOOD (Audio)
- Latin for Beginners -
 For pharmacy and medicine students.
Underwood wrote his course for medical students taking the Latin examinations at London's Guild of Apothecaries and the Royal College of Physicians in the early 1800's. These students, as non-Latin specialists, required a  common-sense approach. The result is a very accessible beginner's Latin course. It would also be useful as a revision course for the more seasoned student, as it approaches the subject from a fresh angle.  I am very fond of this course - it is very well constructed - traditional in its approach, but, Underwood has a rare knack for being able to explain matters with great clarity.


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NUTTING - American History Reader (Audio)





 This interesting series of historical stories ( broken into 100 episodes) is composed in relatively simple Latin. It chronicles the period from Christopher Columbus until the founding of the American Republic.

 This is not a dry re-telling of history, but is a carefully crafted and delightful series of stories, that are well enough written that they bear listening to several times. One of the best Latin readers I have yet encountered.
Read in the restored classical pronunciation of Latin by Evan Millner. Recorded in November MMIX 



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Latin Without Tears (Part One)

Audio Visual Latin Course (Text Based)
This is an Audio and Video presentation ( one file is in .avi format the rest are .flv) covering the first 100 pages of "Latin Without Tears" - a unique and highly effective textbooks for learning Latin from scratch, or revising and improving rusty Latin Skills.
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The text is presented in video, with a voice over and explanation. Everything is read carefully in restored classical pronunciation. Additional explanations and helps for studying the language are presented.
This is a well crafted course, written by a gifted educator.
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FENTON (Audio)
 A Child's First Latin Book 
 Bible Stories.   
Fenton's reader is in the style promoted by the philosopher John Locke, and the printers to University College, London (John Taylor). The Latin is presented grammatically in a word order that approximates the English, making translation into English easier for the complete beginner. This audiobook deals with sacred texts from the Old Testament.  The reading is Latin-English-Latin, and repeated again in Latin only.

The Latin in this reader is simple, and this is one of the most suitable readers I have come across for a beginner wanting to read some extended text in Latin.


CAESAR (Audio)
De Bello Gallico
Book One
Serial and Oral Method

 The publishers to the new University College, London, in the mid 1800's embarked on a new series of Latin texts, following the plan outlined by the philosopher John Locke. 

This particular edition of Caesar is unique, and no other Latin text has been issued since this date, using the serial and oral method. This method teaches grammar intuitively, through the deconstructed text of Caesar, which is built up line by line, each new line only introducing one new lexical item, or one new grammatical point, which is highlighted in the Latin and in the translation with italic font. This is a most valuable text for the beginning student of the Roman Classics.

5 hours 59 minutes of audio


COMENIUS (Audio)
 The Orbis Sensualium Pictus
 "Orbis Sensualium Pictus" (The Visible World in Pictures) is an introductory schoolbook. Comenius believed the teacher should use visual aids, and, where possible, actual physical models. All the items mentioned in the text are referenced with numbers to engravings, that are positioned alongside the text,which is a simplified encyclopaedia.  You will learn astronomy, climatology, zoology, botany, human anatomy, philosophy, geography, geometry, musical instruments, warfare, politics, jurisprudence. You will accomplish two things - you will build up a vocabulary of a few thousand Latin words, acquire a knowledge of simple grammatical structures ( the sentences are all relatively simple) and in addition, gain an insight into the world, as it was understood by a Protestant Renaissance scholar in the mid 1600's. 
Comenius (Latin Only Version)     

COMENIUS (after) (audio)
Der Kleiner Lateiner 
 A Latin Reader.

Der Kleine Lateiner is essentially a re-write of Comenian material,with much in common with the Orbis Pictus. It is a useful text to use to revise and consolidate the Orbis Sensualium Pictus, as the wording is often slightly different, but the subject matter will be familiar.







SANFORD AND SCOTT (Audio) 






Mythology and History Reader

Sanford and Scott's reader would be accessible for a student who had completed the Adler course - re-telling famous stories from myth and legend, such as the story of Perseus,Hercules and Jason - followed by a simple Roman History reader. The stories are pleasant to listen to, and would benefit even a more advanced student. Listening to easy Latin is a great way to move towards fluency, which can only be achieved by extensive audio and oral exercise
   
8 hours and 50 minutes of audio



 






MISSA SANCTA (Audio)
Student edition recorded in Latin-English-Latin, phrase by phrase, with a separate repetition in Latin only.
This is a text dating from 1755, and is an academic study text.

 The Missa Sancta in its various forms can be regarded as an important document in the history of Western Civilization, and many phrases and expressions from it are very common in Latin literature. 

An acquaintance with this text is worth having, especially given its prevalence in the Western musical tradition.





COMENIUS (Audio)
Rudimenta Grammaticae
Grammatica Janualis

Scopus classis vestibularis est ad Januam latinitatis tirones praeparare, et per hanc in atrium Latinitatis ingrediendum, cujus praeparationis septem sunt veluti gradus: Latina omnia legere posse prompte, sine hesitatione ulla. Pronuntiare omnia recte, et articulate, scribere, manu prompta, ediscere linguae latinae radices, addiscere his respondentes voces vernaculas, declinare et conjugare omnia analoga accurate.




LOEWE, BUTLER AND WALKER (Audio)
 Latin for Beginners Based around Caesar.

15 hours and 16 minutes of audio 
English and Latin. The audio edition contains the audio of the textbook, with additional materials.

This is a comprehensive introduction, which also lays down an overview of Latin grammar as it proceeds through the material line by line. 

The audio material covers Book One of Caesar's Gallic War, from Chapter 1 to Chapter 28.

* Grammar Course
* Vocabulary audio files.
* literal translation in English in audio.
contains all the vocabulary in audio for book one of De Bello Gallico. Each word or phrase is read in Latin - English - Latin. 




CANNON (Audio)
 An Open Door to Caesar  De Bello Gallico 
Book One.

Cannon's 'An Open Door to Caesar' contains a re-written summary in simplified Latin of each chapter of book one of De Bello Gallico, followed by the actual chapter in Caesar's own words. This text also contains a brief grammatical appendix, which is not included in the audio.


COMENIUS (Audio)
 The Vestibulum to Latin.

This text is a pleasant introduction to the Latin language, and would also benefit more experienced students, who may have a very limited range of vocabulary.
The Vestibulum gives an essential foundation in the core root words of Latin, enough to begin to start to speak about some things, and to read a variety of very simple texts.  Comenius' Vestibulum is written in a pleasant , clear and light-hearted Latin style.
The Vestibulum contains a vocabulary of 1000 root words.



GCSE LATIN VOCABULARY (Audio)

Each word is read in English and Latin, so correct quantity is learned naturally. Hundreds of words are presented - this audio material is intended to be listened to multiple times - initially this will be quite tiring, if not utterly bewildering and will seem too fast - however, this system will help to build your vocabulary rapidly, and, if refreshed on a monthly basis, the words you have learned will become consolidated. 
You will not learn all the words on the first listen through.




COLERIDGE
 (Audio)
 Pretty Lessons in Verse

For learning vocabulary.

Sara Coleridge, sister of the celebrated poet, wrote a lovely collection of poems for teaching Latin, addressed to dear Henry and Edith, her children. I suppose her brother had a hand in these delightful verses as well, which make learning a foundational Latin vocabulary a little bit easier. It makes a pleasant change from the usual method of learning words.




CORNELIUS NEPOS (Audio)
Lives
Chapter 1 to 14
This reading of Cornelius Nepos' "Lives" covers the first 14 biographies:
2 hours 43 minutes of audio

1. Miltiades.

2. Themistocles.

3. Aristides.

4. Pausanias.

5. Cimon.

6. Lysander.

7. Alcibiades.

8. Thrasybulus.

9. Conon.

10. Dion.

11. Iphicrates.

12. Chabrias.

13. Timotheus.

14. Datames.



Nepos writes in a clear, simple Latin style that has much to recommend it. Catullus praises him highly. These works were written to be read aloud - as were all Roman works - and the authors were careful about how their phrases sounded. Nepos is a brilliant master of this art.


CORDERIUS (Audio)
 Scripted Conversations  Colloquia Selecta.
These scripted dialogues were first issued in the 1500's, and immediately became a hit - they went through a large number of editions, and were a staple of the Latin schoolroom right through to the late 1700's. A study made of the bookshelves of students who died while in college at Cambridge University ( whose possessions were recorded in the records), shows that these dialogues, and works by Erasmus, were in almost every student's personal library in the early - mid 1700's.
They only lost popularity when the rise of Nationalism and regionalism in Europe lead to less emphasis being placed on oral fluency in Latin, eventually leading to the situation today, when, for the first time since the fall of Rome, Latin as a spoken medium is in danger of extinction. The recording also contains the Latin-only version, in two audio variations, the Willymott and Alexander editions.





    EUTROPIUS (Audio)

    Breviarium Historiae Romanae

    Liber I ad VI

    3 hours 24 minutes of audio
    Books 1 to 6 - from the founding of Rome to the assassination of Julius Caesar.
    For many centuries, this text was the first Classical work put into the hands of a beginning student of Latin, due to the clarity of Eutropius' style. It fell out of favour in the late 1900's.
    Flavius Eutropius was a historian who lived in the late 4th century. He was secretary (magister memoriae) at Constantinople, and accompanied the Emperor Julian on his expedition against the Persians (363), and was alive during the reign of Valens (364–378), to whom he dedicates his Breviarium Historiae Romanae and where his history ends.
    The Breviarium Historiae Romanae is a complete compendium, in ten books, of Roman history from the foundation of the city to the accession of Valens. It was compiled with considerable care from the best accessible authorities, and is written generally with impartiality, and in a clear and simple style.




    EUTROPIUS (Audio)
    Breviarium Historiae Romanae
    Liber VII ad X



    This section covers Roman history from the assassination of Julius Caesar until Jovian. 

     2 hours of audio.


    CHICKERING 'A First Latin Reader' -                                                                Roman Historical Topics. (Audio)

    This Latin-only reader is based on the sweep of Roman history. Despite its title, it is not suitable for a modern beginner, but is of upper-intermediate level.
     From chapter one it sets off at a handsome trot, in texts of  increasing difficulty, starting with stories about the  founding of Rome, followed by the Roman Kings, then Coriolanus, Cincinnatus, Camillus, Manlius Torquatus, Phyrrus, Hannibal, Scipio, the Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompeius, Caesar, Cato and finally, a brief description of Cicero's life. 
    Each chapter is a separate audio file.
    5 hours 27 minutes of audio




    SONNENSCHEIN (Audio)
    Ora Maritima
    A Latin Story for Beginners.

    The story is set near Dover during the school holidays - and the students take a day hike to a location thought to be Caesar's landing place. 

    The books is a gentle introduction to ideas contained in Caesar's Gallic War, while providing a pleasant story in and of itself.

     
     
      
     
     


    REYNOLD (Audio)
    Nature Study Reader
    and Novella.
    4 hours  38 minutes of audio This reader is unique, in having as a strong focus indirect discourse - right from the beginning, Reynolds starts to introduce it, with imaginary students answering questions on the previous lesson. By the time you reach Caesar, the method of presenting reported speech seems natural.
       
      You would get the most out of this book if you had previously studied the Orbis Sensualium Pictus, as the first sections deal with science, the universe, nature, etc. The second part would be easier if you had listened to Taylor's adapted Caesar text, or Lowe's Caesar, if you are a complete beginner.

       
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    IMAGINUM VOCABULARIUM LATINUM (Images)


    Latin Visual Vocabulary
    Originally created in 2007 for my personal use - it is an illustrated vocabulary of over 3300 items, and has its core source  a nineteenth century word list covering a selection of topics. This has been supplemented with more modern material drawn from a variety of lexical sources. The included image files cover the following topics: army, birds, boats, the body , buildings, clothes, Comenius . These image files include labelled photos of all body parts - so, please look over this material before use with a young student. You can easily delete or move an image elsewhere, or create subcategories, once you have downloaded them. Turn them into a slideshow as a fun way to learn vocabulary.




    CAESAR (Audio)
    The British War
    Customs of the Gauls
    Hamiltonian Version

    This audiobook covers:

    Caesar's Bello Gallico
    Book 4, chapters 20 -38,
    Book 5, Chapters 8 - 23,  
    Book 6, Chapters 12-19.

    It covers the two invasions of Britain, and a section discussing the customs of the Gauls, which included the Britons.

    The text is read phrase by phrase in Latin-English-Latin, with a literal translation that makes the Latin grammatical structures clear. Each chapter has its own bilingual audio file.The audiobook also contains separate readings in Latin only, in three audio files, one for each book. The original edition was by John Taylor, printers to University College, London.





    Lhomond (Audio)
    Urbis Romae Viris Inlustres

    Benjamin D'Ooge published an edition of Francois Lhomond's Urbis Romae Viris Inlustres. 

    This DVD contains the mp3 files of all the selections contained in the D'Ooge edition. 
    Charles François Lhomond (1727 – December 31, 1794) attended classes at the Collège d'Inville in Paris, where he subsequently became dean of the school.

     Later he spent twenty years as an educator at the Collège du Cardinal-Lemoine and afterwards was professor emeritus at the University of Paris. 
    Lhomond's textbook, De viris illustribus urbis Romae a Romulo ad Augustum was used for generations. 

    The textbook is based on Livy, but the Latin is slightly simplified. 230 minutes




    RIPMAN (Audio) Swallowing the Dictionary
     Vocabulary arranged by topic.

    Over 100 years ago, Walter Ripman, in his 'Handbook of the Latin Language', organized Latin vocabulary into domains and subdomains. The noted New Testament scholar I. Howard Marshall, noted that Ripman's reference was "an extremely useful way of organizing the material for a student learning Latin vocabulary."

    This audio version has 50 semantic fields, with sub-fields. It closely follows the pioneering work of Ripman. Each word is read in English and Latin. Tens of thousands of words are presented - this audio version is intended to be listened to multiple times - initially this will be quite tiring, if not bewildering - however, this system will help to build your vocabulary rapidly, and, if refreshed on a monthly basis, the words you have learned will become consolidated, and new words and idiomatic expressions will become engraved in your mind with each subsequent iteration.
    The digital download includes some additional experimental revision audio files in Latin only - you might want to put these in a separate folder after download.


    APPLETON AND JONES (Audio)
    Puer Romanus
    A Story for Beginners

    Appleton's reader is suitable for a 21st century intermediate student of Latin, although even a beginner will benefit from extended oral input in the language. 

    The reader is in the form of a novella, told from the perspective of a young Brundisian boy, called Lucius. This books is justifiably famous - and remains one of a handful of such texts ever written.

    4 hours 16 minutes of audio