This book [here‘s the site of the US distributor, thanks to John McChesney-Young in the comments] teaches Latin entirely through the medium of the language itself—a common idea for modern languages that should work just as well for ancient ones.

Part I, Familia Romana, covers the essentials of Latin grammar and a basic vocabulary of some 1500 words. The 35 chapters (capitula) form a sequence of events in the life of a Roman family in the 2nd century A.D. Each chapter is divided into 3 or 4 lessons (lectiones) and consists of several text pages followed by a grammar section and three exercises, pensa. At the end of the volume there is a survey of inflexions, a Roman calendar, and a word index, Index vocabulorum.

In Part II, Roma Aeterna, the subject is Roman history as told by the Romans themselves. It opens with a description of the city of Rome on a historical background. This is followed by a prose version of Vergil’s Aeneid I-IV, with crucial passages in the original, and Livy’s Book I supplemented with extracts from Ovid. At first Livy’s prose is gently adapted, but the main part of the book contains unadapted texts by Livy, Gellius, Nepos, Sallust, Cicero, and Horace.

The sample pages seem well done. (Via Avva.)


  1. Wow. It actually makes learning latin seem like fun. Now if only I had the time…

  2. John McChesney-Young says

    Although there’s a reference to the US distributor at the Danish web site, there’s no direct link provided. For the potential convenience of those in the US:
    There’s also an e-mail list devoted to the use of the textbooks:
    Traffic is light but pertinent.

  3. Thanks! Here‘s the direct link to the mailing list; I’ve added the Pullins link to the entry.

  4. I was taught Latin using an all-Latin book – more of a booklet, actually, but it followed the format of this text quite closely. For all I know, it might be the same one.
    If I could only remember the name of my Latin book.

  5. If you would like to place an order for the Lingua Latina Books, or inquire about doing so, please feel free to email me directly at is the home of Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co., which is the US distributor of the Lingua Latina series and publisher of many other great books!

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