Latin Beginners

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The aim of the course is to introduce basic principles of Classical Latin.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to read, speak and write simple sentences in Latin. We will undertake the reading of a novel written entirely in Latin (Hans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata – Familia Romana). The novel was written specifically for those learning Latin and can be read from beginning to end, even by very beginners. The vocabulary and grammar become gradually more detailed as new concepts are introduced. The text tells the story of a Roman family in the 2nd century A.D.; numerous illustrations complement the text and aid the descriptions of customs, every day objects, buildings and furnishings

The course will also cover briefly ancient Roman culture through the reading of short texts (in English translation) by classical authors, such as Horace.


  • Ørberg, Hans Henning. Lingua Latina (Per Se Illustrata): Familia Romana Part 1 ISBN -13:978-1585104208
  • Ørberg, Hans Henning. Lingua Latina: Pars I – Exercitia Latina I (Pt. 1, No. 1) ISBN -13: 978-1585102129

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