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Lingua Latina: Pars I: Familia Romana (full-color edition)
Price: $40.00

Hans Ørberg's Lingua Latina per se Illustrata is the world's premiere series for learning Latin via the Natural Method. The Natural Method encourages students to learn Latin without resorting to translation, but instead by teaching them to think in the language: students first learn grammar and vocabulary inductively through extended contextual reading and an ingenious system of marginal notes. Lingua Latina per se Illustrata is also the most popular series for those teachers at both the secondary and collegiate levels who wish to develop Latin conversational skills in the classroom.

Familia Romana (the main book of Pars I of the Lingua Latina per se illustrata series) contains thirty-five chapters and describes the life of a Roman family in the 2nd century A.D. It culminates in readings from classical poets and Donatus's Ars Grammatica, the standard Latin school text for a millennium. Each chapter is divided into two or three lessons (lectiones) of a few pages each followed by a grammar section (Grammatica Latina) and three exercises (Pensa). Hans Ørberg's impeccable Latin, humorous stories, and the Peer Lauritzen illustrations, reproduced in full color, make this work a classic. The book also includes a table of declensions, a Roman calendar, and a word index (index vocabulorum).

The Lingua Latina series incorporates the following features:

  • The most comprehensive treatment of Latin grammar available in an elementary textbook.
  • A vocabulary of almost 1,800 words, reinforced by constant and creatively phrased repetition, vastly expands the potential for later sight reading.
  • A complete line of ancillary volumes, exercises, and readers both in print and online.
Lingua Latina: Colloquia Personarum by Hans H. Ørberg
Price: $40.00

An illustrated collection of supplementary readings, mostly dialogue, for use with Lingua Latina: Familia Romana. There is one colloquium matching each of Chapters 1-24. Additional Resources: Colloquia Personarum: Latin-English Vocabulary - Available as a free PDF download on the Lingua Latina vocabulary ancillaries download page.


Additional Resources:

Colloquia Personarum: Latin-English Vocabulary - Available as a free PDF download on the
Lingua Latina vocabulary ancillaries download page.

About the Author:


Hans Henning Ørberg (1920-2010) received his MA in English, French and Latin from the University of Copenhagen in 1946. He taught at various Danish high schools until 1963 and at the Grenaa Gymansium until 1988. From 1953 to 1961 he served on the staff of the Nature Method Institute, Copenhagen. He is the author of the Latin course "Lingua Latina secundum naturae rationem explicata" (1955-56); the course was revised in 1990-91, with a number of supplements, under the title "Lingua Latina per se illustrata". His books were published by Domus Latina, a publishing house he founded in Denmark, and they are distributed in the English speaking world by Focus Publishing.


Lingua Latina: Pars I: Exercitia Latina I
Price: $40.00

This workbook contains contains supplemental grammatical exercises for each of the 133 lectiones (lessons) in Familia Romana (the main book of Pars I of the Lingua Latina per se illustrata series).

Hans Ørberg's Lingua Latina per se illustrata is the world's premiere series for learning Latin via the Natural Method. Students learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading and an innovative system of marginal notes, giving students the opportunity to learn Latin without resorting to translation.

About the Author:

Hans Henning Ørberg (1920-2010) received his MA in English, French and Latin from the University of Copenhagen in 1946. He taught at various Danish high schools until 1963 and at the Grenaa Gymansium until 1988. From 1953 to 1961 he served on the staff of the Nature Method Institute, Copenhagen. He is the author of the Latin course "Lingua Latina secundum naturae rationem explicata" (1955-56); the course was revised in 1990-91, with a number of supplements, under the title "Lingua Latina per se illustrata". His books were published by Domus Latina, a publishing house he founded in Denmark, and they are distributed in the English speaking world by Focus Publishing.
Lingua Latina: Epitome Historiae Sacrae
Price: $40.00

Course instructors - click here for information about instructor reasources.

The history of a nation is told through the story of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Samson, and many others all the way to Jesus' birth, preaching, and passion in perfect Latin. Since no student can truly understand and appreciate Western culture without some knowledge of the Bible, it is worthwhile to introduce all students to many of the Judaeo-Christian narratives which make-up a fundamental part of Western tradition and religion. The Epitome Historiae Sacrae (or Summary of Sacred History), a classic work by Charles-François Lhomond (1727-1794), which has been in regular use for over two centuries, is here resurrected for the modern student of Latin. Its utility has been tested around the world by generations of students who have benefited from both its overview of Biblical stories and the exemplary model of Latin prose.

With the view of rendering it more acceptable to the modern audience, Llomond's text is published here with a new and convenient arrangement of its contents, illustrated with beautiful historical paintings, and annotated according to the Ørberg method. Also included are useful appendices of names and timelines. Each section is followed by suitable lessons which foster active production of Latin and test the reader’s comprehension.

The Epitome's simplicity is well adapted to the early intermediate student. Its interesting narrative is calculated to engage the student’s attention, and its sublime Latinity does not fail to inspire the reader to deeper learning. This beautiful edition, which has been edited according to the Lingua Latina per se Illustrata series, is ideal for students who have completed Familia Romana as it drills and reviews grammar while adding more than 1,300 words to their vocabulary and modeling excellent Latin prose style.

Features include:

  • Summary of the major biblical stories and all of Jesus' life
  • Lhomond's Epitome consists of 209 readings from the Old Testament Books
  • This edition includes an addition of 37 sections on Jesus' life and death (totaling 246)
  • Every word, cover to cover, is in Latin with vowel lengths marked
  • Approximately 16,000 Latin words in length
  • More than 1,300 new vocabulary words are taught
  • Engaging exercises, including crosswords and matching
  • Beautiful historical illustrations
  • Perfect for home-schoolers, as it covers the material of a course in Biblical history
  • Preface on the life of Lhomond and the text
  • Appendices of historical maps, glossary of names, time tables

Instructor Resources:

The Epitome Historiae Sacrae answer key and marginal notes (by Frank Nitsche-Robinson) is available as an electronic file (PDF only) for qualified adopters. If you have adopted the text, click here to request the PDF answer key and marginal notes file.

About the Author:

Roberto Carfagni is a well-known teacher of Latin by the nature method, developed by Hans Ørberg, and has acquired a long experience in the spoken use of the language. He taught Latin literature in the Academy Vivarium novum for four years, and has studied the pedagogical ideals of Italian Humanism.

   
 
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