Docendo Discimus

Hodie est:

carmen hodiernum:

Why Study Classical Languages - Karl Maurer, Department of Classics, University of Dallas, has compiled this collection of excerpts from the writings of various poets, philosophers, historians, and others.

Orbis Sensualium Pictus - the Gutenberg Ebook edition of John Amos Comenius Latin picture book - innovation from the 17th century. Link to the html version:

How to Prepare a Reading Assignment - advice from Anne Mahoney

Deity Mini-Project:
go here

Roman Family Tree: Stirps Romana

Ørberg specific resources:

Newly discovered wikispaces creation from Spain:

For a comprehensive over-view of the text-book, Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, Pars I, Familia Romana, including where grammatical and morphological matters are covered, along with where new vocabulary is introduced here, is a Chapter Summary.

On-line flashcards for Lingua Latina:

For a more concise outline, this one is from professor Jeanne Neumann at Davidson College - Grammar by Lesson

Want a little table breaking down the various uses for the various case endings for nouns, adjectives and pronouns? Check this out: Case Uses

Need help remembering case endings for the five declensions? Here is your personal Quīnque Dēclīnātiōnēs chart: Quīnque Dēclinātiōnēs

An online Grammar Table courtesy of the National Archives (in the United Kingdom):

Lingua Latina blog from Spain - some interesting stuff, including videos of Luigi Miraglia conducting classes in Italy (with a link to la via de los humanistas), slideshare ppts for some chapters in the text, etc.

Cool Stuff:

A graphic illustration of the evolution of the alphabet:

very interesting collection of inscriptions from sundials -

Google Earth has added an Ancient Rome in 3D layer - purporting to depict Rome as it was in 320 AD. According to the promo, you can visit famous sites in 3D and even tour inside buildings. Site is for information and download.

The 1748
Nolli map of Rome!  Very interactive & very cool! (Try finding a landmark, magnifying, & switching to satellite view!)

So... You want to be a gladiator?

COMPVTER ROMANVS to do your math the old-fashioned way.

Read about Mark Antony and the
ancient equivalent of a Hummer.

Make a
dodecahedral calendar.

Find out if you would have survived the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD had you been living then in Pompeii. From the
Discovery Channel.

Learn how to diagram sentences in Latin from Barbara McManus the College of New Rochelle

Get a really helpful book:
English Grammar for Students of Latin, by Norma Goldman and Ladislas Szymanski, at Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or the Olivia and Hill Press

Aeneid joins Facebook - a phony facebook page for Aeneas and his friends.

Food - a
list of cookbooks at Amazon’s listmania by Michael Myer - [n.b. I already have the first one on the list and it is in the classroom on a bookshelf somewhere.]

Roman Clothing:

For information, advice, assistance and specific instructions on how to make garments similar to those worn two millennia ago, check out these sites:

Nova Roma has information on tunics here,
and on togas here,

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has a page on Roman Life which includes subpages on clothing, accessories and other aspects of appearance,

If those aren't working for you, try this site which has more on both the basic attire for men and women,

And finally from the website of Legion XX, more information on garments,

You can, of course, poke around on the web yourself and see what you come up with.

How to succeed at Latin:  

Consistent, applied effort.  Doing a little bit every night is much, much better than doing a lot every once in a while.

Exercise your mind.
The written work accompanying each chapter - exercitia of one sort or another - should be regarded as calisthenics for your brain. You improve by practicing. Written work provides opportunities for practice. For vocabulary, try making and using flashcards or the Quia sites (below). For grammar, when you've done all the written work, check out the Quia sites or try making your own exercises and drills. I'll try to keep your assignments current on the page for each class.

Read, read and read some more.
 Read your Latin passages, study the margins and figure out the meaning. Reread your Latin passages.  Check out your chapter outline and remind yourself what you're supposed to be learning.  Reread your current passages.  Take a look at each lectio's questions and the chapter vocabulary list.  Then reread the current passages.  You get good at reading by practicing reading. One of the best practical explanations how to do this is by a professor named Dexter Hoyos in Latin, How to Read it Fluently, A Practical Manual (1997). His reading rules can be read on this page.

Quid novi?  Nuntii Latini:

Ephemeris (chartae nuntiorum electronicae)
Radiophonica Finnica (scripta &c.)
Radio Bremen (nuntii divulgati menstrui; RealMedia)
Radio Vaticana (nuntii rari)
Nuntius Leoninus (periodicum menstruum)
Latinitas Vivans (nullum nuntiorum, sed ceterum)

Quia Things:

These are exercises or drills or games or tests you can do online, flashcards, matching, concentration, rags-to-riches, quizzes, etc. They have been created by other teachers who also use our textbook. They can help you learn.

  • From a teacher, now retired, in Westchester, Pennsylvania, these cover chapters 1 through 15 (with some other stuff), and these cover the rest of the book.
  • A teacher in Georgia, currently using the Cambridge Latin Course, but a fan of Lingua Latina, has a page covering most of the chapters.


These two files are in plain text.  The first is regular, everyday songs, Cantica Quotidiana.  The second is a batch of Christmas Carols, Cantica Adventus (some are religious in nature, some are not). Here is an .rtf of the Christmas Carol songbook I put together a few years ago based on the Cantica Adventus. 

Here is a link to Laura Gibbs' webpage for Latin Christmas songs, named

Hic sunt
Partes Corporis quas edidicimus quibusque in ludo "Simonus Dicit" nominato utimur.

Do ut Des

More songs - these from the Carmina Burana - gathered and posted by John Whelpton -

Strange utterances:

To see some interesting twists on common expressions,
click here.

Prayers, Blessings and Graces:

This is a rendering of some traditional and not-so-traditional prayers for before and after meals, assembled by Michael Myer.

A prayer to say before connecting to the internet, from (and more information available at)
Fr. Z.’s Blog - What Does the Prayer Really Say?

Oratio ante colligationem in interrete: Omnipotens aeterne Deus, qui secundum imaginem Tuam nos plasmasti et omnia bona, vera, et pulchra, praesertim in divina persona Unigeniti Filii Tui Domini nostri Iesu Christi, quaerere iussisti, praesta, quaesumus, ut, per intercessionem Sancti Isidori, Episcopi et Doctoris, in peregrinationibus per interrete, et manus oculosque ad quae Tibi sunt placita intendamus et omnes quos convenimus cum caritate ac patientia accipiamus. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.